Those searching for series E savings bonds issued after 1973 can use the Treasury Hunt online search engine, reports the U.S. Department of the Treasury. To file a claim for lost savings bonds or request a search for other series of bonds, individuals can submit Form PDF 1048.Continue Reading
The Treasury Hunt database contains series E savings bonds that have fully matured and no longer earn interest, explains the U.S. Department of the Treasury. To search the database, individuals need to enter their Social Security or employer identification numbers. They can check regularly for lost savings bonds, as the database is updated monthly. Those who locate lost savings bonds must leave their contact information so the Treasury Department can follow up on their claim, advises Kiplinger.
To complete Form PD F 1048, searchers must provide the serial numbers of the lost bonds, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. If they don't have this information, they must provide their name, address, Social Security number, and the month and year that they bought the bonds. They then take the completed form to their bank, sign it, and have the bank certify the signature. Those who locate lost savings bonds can have the Treasury Department cash them or issue substitute bonds in electronic form. If bond owners later find the original lost paper bonds, they must return them to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.Learn more about Investing