Uncertificated vs certificated shares

Currently in the US there are two ways to represent stock, uncertificated and certificated. What this comes down to is whether a paper or digital certificate is issued to represent ownership of the shares (certificated), or whether they are book-entry shares (uncertificated).

There are certain limitations and legal nuances to certificated shares, and depending on your state, some additional steps may be needed to issue uncertificated shares. We firmly believe that uncertificated is the best option for most companies, though you can read more in-depth about the differences in our blog article here:

3 Ways to Issue Paperless, or Electronic, Stock Certificates (Including a Free Option)

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