Find unclaimed assets Shares and dividends

To replace a lost a share certificate you should contact the relevant share registrar

Tracing shares and dividends is more complex than finding lost bank accounts or pensions, but it can be done - in this guide we explain how.

Lost Shares

If you think you have shares in a company, but have lost your share certificate, you can check by applying to the company registrars. They'll search their records and, for a fee, will supply you with a replacement certificate.

There are three main share registrars – Capita Registrars, Computershare and Equiniti. You should contact the company in question directly to find out the correct registrar.

If you've got old share certificates in a company that you can no longer track down, contact the registrars named on the certificate. Usually, they'll be able to trace the history of the company. 

They'll also be able to search for any unclaimed dividends that you may have missed. Failing that, try calling each of the three big registrars.

For lost shares bought through a nominee account you will need to contact the broker to track them down. 

Find out more: Share dealing - the Which? guide to buying shares using a stockbroker

Lost Dividends

If you have any out-of-date dividend cheques, or you've lost any dividend cheques, you can ask the registrar to replace them for you – there may be a fee for this. The time limit for claiming back unclaimed dividends is usually 12 years.

Computershare also operates the government's scheme for tracing lost gilts. If you think you have a claim, write to Computershare giving as much information as possible.

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