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Overview of the Share certificate

A share certificate (also called a stock certificate) is proof that the person named is a member of your company and holds the shares in your company, as stated on the certificate. A company must issue share certificates for its shareholders within two months of its formation or the date of a new share issue or transfer. An issue of shares only becomes binding on a new shareholder when the company notifies them with this stock certificate.

Use this share certificate template for

  • new individual shareholders
    • in a recently formed company
    • in an existing company issuing more shares
  • existing individual shareholders
    • receiving transferred shares
    • that have lost their certificates

This share certificate template covers the key information needed, including:

  • name and address of the shareholder
  • number of shares held by the shareholder
  • type of shares (ordinary)
  • share price
  • date of issue
  • a unique share certificate number, and
  • details of the company issuing the shares

A share certificate or a stock certificate is used as proof that the person named on it holds shares in a relevant company.

You will need to create a share certificate to give to shareholders when you first create a company or when you issue or transfer new shares.

Ask a lawyer for advice if a shareholder has shares:

  • of a class other than ordinary
  • of more than one class

Other names for Share certificate

Share certificate, Share certificate template and Stock certificate.