Example share certificate for a limited company

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What's an example share certificate for a limited company, and when do you need it?

Share certificates confirm that, as from a given date, the holder of the share certificate owns a part of the company to whom those shares relate. The real legal proof of ownership is actually set out in the company’s official ‘register of members’ however, so it’s important to ensure consistency between the two and to keep the register of members up to date as well. (Shareholders are called 'members' for these purposes.)

Share certificates must be provided to a new owner of shares within 2 months of those shares being issued. Usually, one certificate will suffice for all shares issued to one shareholder, although it is possible to issue split certificates.

Separate share certificates will be needed where one shareholder has acquired several difference classes of shares in the company. Each class of share should be separately certificated.

There is no set format to share certificates. However, a share certificate should include the following information:

• A unique share certificate number• The company’s name and registered company number• The registered address of the company• The full name and home address of the shareholder• The number of shares covered by the certificate• The type, or class, of shares• The extent to which the shares are paid up (usually they will be fully paid up)

All of which you will find in our template. Some companies design their own branded certificates, ensuring they comply with the rules above.