CUSIP stands for Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures. A CUSIP number identifies most securities, including: stocks of all registered U.S. and Canadian companies, and U.S. government and municipal bonds. The CUSIP systemowned by the American Bankers Association and operated by Standard & Poor’sfacilitates the clearing and settlement process of securities.
The number consists of nine characters (including letters and numbers) that uniquely identify a company or issuer and the type of security. A similar system is used to identify foreign securities (CUSIP International Numbering System).
For more information about how the CUSIP process works, you can contact CUSIP at (212) 438-6500 or visit its website.