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Frequently Asked Questions
  How does a company reserve a symbol to trade on Nasdaq?
Identification Number 486
A company may request a symbol for trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market by using our online form.
Symbol reservations for all U.S. markets are governed by the National Market System Plan for the Selection and Reservation of Securities Symbols.  Pursuant to that Plan, a company may request to reserve a symbol up to 24 months in advance of listing. If the symbol is not used during the 24-month reservation period, it will be released and made available for other potential applicants. A company may then re-apply for a symbol reservation after the original reservation expires provided that no other company has reserved the symbol. 
The Nasdaq Stock Market does not reserve symbols for the over-the-counter (OTC) market. Symbol reservations for the OTC market are managed by FINRA. Any inquiries regarding symbol reservation for  the OTC market should be forwarded to
Publication Date*: 5/15/2023 Mailto Link Identification Number: 486
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