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What is an ISIN?

An ISIN is an International Securities Identification Number, it uniquely identifies a security. The number is a 12 character alpha numerical code which is made up of the following:

  • A two letter country code
  • A nine character alpha-numeric national security identifier
  • A single check digit

An International Securities Identification Number is generally issued to securities including debt securities, shares, options derivatives and sutures. The number identifies the security. ISIN's are administered by a National Numbering Agency (NNA) in each of their respective countries, and they work just like serial numbers for the securities.

The ISIN standard is used worldwide to identify specific securities such as bonds, stocks (common and preferred), futures, warrant, rights, trusts, commercial paper and options.

How long does it take to obtain an ISIN?

It usually takes around 5 working days for an International Securities Identification Number to be issued.

We will send you email confirmation of your unique number.

What do I need to apply for an ISIN?

To apply for the number we require the following information:

  • Details of the company including:
    • Company Name
    • Company Number
  • Details on which exchange the International Securities Identification Number should be listed on
  • A letter signed and written by the Director of the company confirming the value of the company shares
  • A copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association for the company

If you require a International Securities Identification Number for your company, please order this service from our UK Additional Services