Cashing savings bonds
Cashing paper bonds outside the United States
If you are in another country, how to get cash for your savings bonds depends on your situation:
- You are a U.S. citizen and you can get to a branch of a bank that is incorporated in the U.S., a U.S. territory or possession, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
- You are NOT a U.S. citizen OR you cannot get to a bank that is authorized to and willing to cash your bonds
This page tells what to do in each of those situations.
U.S. citizen who can get to a bank that is authorized to cash U.S. savings bonds
Contact the bank to find out if they are willing and able to cash your bonds.
Not a U.S. citizen OR can't get to a bank that can and will cash the bonds
We will cash them for you.
Here's what you need to do:
- Find an appropriate official from this list:
- a U.S. diplomatic or consular representative
- an officer of a foreign branch of a bank that is incorporated in the U.S., a U.S. territory or possession, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
- a notary or other official authorized to administer oaths – However, if you are in a country that Is NOT a party to the Hague Convention, a U.S. diplomatic or consular official should certify and attest to the official's character and jurisdiction.
- Sign the request for payment for your bonds in the presence of that official and have the official certify your signature.
- Do this depending on your citizenship status:
- U.S. citizen: Include a statement over your signature that you are a U.S. citizen and give your Social Security Number.
- Not a U.S. citizen: Fill out and include IRS Form W-8BEN.
- Send the signed and certified bonds (and the IRS form, if applicable) to:
Treasury Retail Securities Services
P.O. Box 9150
Minneapolis, MN 55480-9150