How to Apply for a CUSIP Number


A CUSIP number, or Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number, is a nine-character designation issued by the CUSIP to identify securities, such as stocks, bonds and hedge funds. CUSIP numbers typically identify U.S.- and Canada-based securities, although for international securities there is a similar CUSIP International Numbering System. A CUSIP number is unique and is used to identify the security in a variety of situations, including when selling and settling shares in that security.

Things You'll Need

  • Electronic copies of statement and registration paperwork
  • Visit the CUSIP Global Services "Apply for a New Identifier" Web page (see Resources section).

  • Click the identifier for the type of security you are registering under "Choose an Identifier Type to Request," such as "Hedge Funds & Fund of Hedge Funds."

  • Choose the security's subtype or location, such as "US/Canada."

  • Fill out the fields in the form, which asks for information about the requester, the issuer, and any offering information.

  • Upload any needed documents, such as copies of registration or statements. The form will list documents needed for each type of security.

  • Click "Submit."


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