Prospective users must register for the LENS service. Once approved for LENS web service access, users can search for notices by CUSIP, keyword (such as company name), notice type or LENS document number. Once the system locates the desired notice, a user can view, download or email it. Users can also do bulk downloads of all recently posted notices.
To keep abreast of particular notices of interest, users may register to get free email alerts customized to their business needs. By setting appropriate filters, users receive email alerts either daily or weekly when notices meeting their criteria are posted to LENS. Alerts can be set for specific notice categories or particular CUSIPs.
Informational notices received by DTC as holder of record on depository-eligible securities via its nominee CEDE & Co. are posted to LENS for reference purposes.
The LENS library contains notices categorized as follows:
- Notice to Security Holders
- Litigation / Class Actions
- Letter of Credit Substitution
- Cost Basis
Transfer Agent (TA)
- Notification under Rule 17Ad – 16 of the SEC Act of 1934
Tax Information (TX)
- Domestic (U.S. Securities); including Section 19 Notices
- Foreign (Non – U.S. Securities) Transfer Agent
While email alerts are free of charge, a per-notice fee is assessed if a user chooses to view, download, or email a notice from the LENS service. DTC member firms wishing to access LENS notices on a frequent, ongoing basis may find it more cost effective to become a monthly LENS subscriber; please refer to LENS Pricing information for subscription pricing details.