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Redeeming (Cashing) Series I Savings Bonds

When can I redeem my I bonds?

After they are 12 months old.

  • If you redeem an I Bond before it is five years old, you will lose the last three months of interest.
  • I bonds earn interest for 30 years if you don't redeem the bonds before they mature.
  • If you've been affected by a disaster, special provisions may apply.

What are my I bonds worth?

If you hold an electronic Series I (or Series EE) bond in TreasuryDirect, you can find the bond’s current value there. Use the “Current Holdings” tab inside your account.

For a paper bond, use the Savings Bond Calculator.

How do I redeem my I bonds?

Electronic bonds

Log in to TreasuryDirect and use the link for redeeming securities in ManageDirect.

Paper bonds

You can cash paper I bonds at many local financial institutions or by mailing the bonds to Treasury Retail Securities Site, PO Box 214, Minneapolis, MN 55480-0214.

Information for special circumstances:

How do I authorize an attorney-in-fact to redeem my bonds?

For instructions, please see publication PD P 0105 (download or order).

How much can I redeem at one time?

Electronic bonds in TreasuryDirect

You can redeem a minimum of $25 or any amount above that in 1-cent increments. If you redeem only a portion of the bond’s value, you must leave at least $25 in the TreasuryDirect account.  Redemptions are comprised of principal and interest (In a partial redemption, we pay interest only on the partial amount you redeem.)

Paper bonds

No general limit exists for the total value you may redeem in a single transaction. However, banks have varying policies on how much they will redeem in one transaction (and some banks may have a policy to not redeem savings bonds at all).

What will I need to redeem a paper bond?

If you plan to take your bonds to a local bank, check with the financial institution beforehand to see whether it redeems savings bonds. If it does, find out what dollar limit, if any, it has on redemptions and what identification and other documents you need.

  • If you are a customer of that bank, establishing identity could be as simple as having an active account open for at least six months, plus proper identification.
  • If you aren’t a customer, banks have varying policies ranging from not redeeming your bonds to redeeming limited amounts (generally less than $1,000 total value) with acceptable identification, such as a valid driver's license.

To redeem your bonds through the Treasury Retail Securities Site, follow these steps:

  • Have a certifying officer at a bank where you have an account certify your signature in the request for payment on the back of each bond.
  • Mail the bonds to Treasury Retail Securities Site, PO Box 214, Minneapolis, MN 55480-0214.
  • In your mailing to Minneapolis, provide your Social Security Number.

Regardless of where you redeem your bonds, if you aren't listed as the owner or co-owner on the bond, you have to show you are entitled to cash the bond.

Note: Savings bonds cannot be transferred. If you find a bond that belongs to someone else or buy a bond on an online auction site, you cannot redeem it. (If you inherit a bond through the death of the bond owner, see Death of a Savings Bond Owner.)

Will I get a form for my taxes?

Yes. IRS Form 1099-INT is provided for redeemed bonds. The form may be available when you redeem your bond or after the end of the tax year.

Electronic bonds

Log in to TreasuryDirect and go to ManageDirect. Form 1099-INT is one of the links on the ManageDirect page.

Paper bonds

The financial institution where you redeem the bond provides the form. The bank may give you the form immediately or mail it later—possibly not until after the end of the year in which you redeem the bond.

Tax Considerations for I Bonds

What if I'm not sure whether an I bond has already been redeemed or replaced?

Start with your local financial institution. It may be able to tell you if the bond is eligible for redemption. If the bank can’t help, you may contact us. If you are the owner or co-owner, send a signed request to the address below. Be sure to include the serial number of the bond.

If the owner or both co-owners have died, you must provide proof such as a copy of the death certificate for each deceased person. Send this with your request.

Send your request to:

Treasury Retail Securities Site
PO Box 214
Minneapolis, MN 55480-0214