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Fiscal Service Aids Savings Bonds Owners in Northern Mariana Islands Affected by Typhoon Mangkhut; One-year minimum holding period waived

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 2, 2018

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, announced it would expedite replacement of lost or destroyed paper U.S. Savings Bonds, and waive the normal one-year minimum holding period for savings bonds to assist survivors in the Northern Mariana municipalities of Rota, Saipan, and Tinian for incident period September 10, 2018 to September 11, 2018.

A TreasuryDirect account holder in or evacuated from one of the affected municipalities can request a waiver of the minimum one-year holding period for savings bonds by sending an e-mail from within their account, briefly explaining the circumstances. Local financial institutions are permitted to redeem paper savings bonds that are less than one-year old for bond owners affected by the disaster. Many financial institutions serve as paying agents for savings bonds.

If paper bonds were lost or destroyed, bond owners can complete a downloadable form — FS Form 1048 — available on Fiscal Service’s website, www.treasurydirect.gov. Forms also can be obtained by calling the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Customer Service Department at (844) 284-2676. Bond owners should include as much information as possible about the lost bonds on the form. Claim applications should be signed and signatures should be certified as indicated in the form's instructions. Completed forms can be mailed to:

To help expedite the processing of claims, write the word "DISASTER" on the front of the envelope. For an updated list of areas affected, visit FEMA’s website at www.fema.gov. Assistance for individuals can be found using addresses at www.disasterassistance.gov.