What is a share certificate?

A share certificate is proof of ownership of a share, or shares, in a company. It details key information including:

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

A company must issue share certificates for its shareholders within two months of the company formation or the date of a new share issue or transfer.

Share certificates give proof that the person or business named on the share certificate is a member of the company and holds the shares as stated. It also provides a defence against a shareholder's name being mistakenly or fraudulently removed from the register of members


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