Medallion Signature Guarantee Locations
Most major brokerage firms and banks can perform a signature guarantee. It must be performed in-person by an authorized agent.
When making a transfer of securities, most banks will require a signature guarantee to protect themselves against potential fraud. When searching for a location to receive a signature guarantee, the best place to go is the financial institution that requests this type of signature verification. Here is a directory of signature guarantee information for various banks:
Getting a Signature Guarantee in the United States:Most large banks, credit unions, and brokerage houses will provide signature guarantees to their customers. Many will do this free of charge as a service to their customers. It is important to check with your institution to see if they offer this service. Note that nearly every financial institution in the United States has notaries public on staff. A signature guarantee is a separate designation that requires separate training. A notary public cannot perform a signature guarantee. Here are some US-based banks and brokerages that offer signature guarantee as a service to their members:
Getting a Signature Guarantee outside of the United StatesA signature guarantee is largely a US-based designation. As such, you will likely need to find a US-based institution with a foreign office to conduct the guarantee for you. The following are good options for receiving a signature guarantee in other countries:
- A United States consulate or embassy
- A foreign branch of a United States-based bank or brokerage house
If your bank does not offer a medallion signature guarantee, it is best to go to another financial institution where you have a business relationship. Banks are much more likely to issue a signature guarantee to a customer with whom they have done prior business. There should not be a fee for this service, but make sure that your bank location has an authorized agent to issue a signature guarantee stamp.