International Depository Services: Precious Metals IRA Storage

International Depository Services Group

International Depository Services is consistently among the first choices for those who are looking for a high quality option for storing their precious metals. Based in Texas, the depository offers a number of benefits, including top-notch security and a competitive fee schedule. This guide covers everything you need to know about the company and what you can expect when working with them.

  1. What Is International Depository Services?
  2. How Does International Depository Services Keep My Precious Metals Safe?
  3. Benefits of International Depository Services
  4. International Depository Services Fees
  5. International Depository Services FAQs
  6. Store Your Precious Metals at International Depository Services

What Is International Depository Services?

International Depository Services (IDS) is a subsidiary of Dillon Gage Inc., the Dallas-based refiner that’s maintained a world-class international reputation for over four decades as a world leader in physical precious metals trading, technology and refining. Since 1976, Dillion Gage has served numismatic and bullion dealers, financial institutions, banks and brokerage houses worldwide.

IDS depositories are equipped to serve institutions as well as individuals and IRA custodians. Their clients include market makers, institutions and commercial investors, refineries and mining companies, international mints – and everyday investors, too. IDS Group maintains an active membership in the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA), and individual depository locations have a number of specific accreditations.

Birch Gold works with International Depository Services to ensure that customers’ precious metals meet all IRS requirements for both gold IRAs and silver IRAs, including metal quality and security standards.

International Depository Services Locations

International Depository Services maintains three depositories across North America. The original facility is in Delaware, a state which offers particular tax benefits; other choices are in Texas and in Toronto. Choosing a facility near you gives you the option of visiting your precious metals to see your accumulated assets in person.

International Depository Services of Delaware: New Castle

International Depository Services of Delaware
In the heart of the East Coast business corridor, New Castle (just outside of Wilmington), International Depository Services of Delaware’s location is well poised for business and near the financial hub of Manhattan. New York City is home to the Wall Street.  But it’s not just money that flows through the region…

The Port of New York and New Jersey is the largest port on the East Coast, on-and-offloading over 3 million containers per year. Delaware’s Port of Wilmington adds another 6.5 million tons of cargo per year capacity conveniently near the IDS Delaware facility.

The IDS Delaware bullion depository is one of only eight Commodity Exchange and Chicago Mercantile Exchange (COMEX and CME)-approved depositories. IDS Delaware is one of only nine Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)-approved depositories. Furthermore, IDS Delaware is one of the few approved for all precious metals by COMEX and ICE.

IDS of Delaware is a London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) Associate and a National Coin and Bullion Association (NCBA) member, as well. You’re unlikely to find a depository that has more experience with safe and responsible handling and storage of precious metals.

International Depository Services of Texas: Dallas

International Depository Services of Texas
The largest precious metal depository in Texas and the first specialized bullion depository in the Lone Star State. The International Depository Services Dallas facility was added in 2017 to meet booming demand for precious metals storage in Texas, which continues to grow.

IDS Dallas is also a London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) Associate and a National Coin and Bullion Association (NCBA) member.

Dallas is centrally located in the geographic heart of the United States, near the world-class superhub Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, and can reach 79 major markets overnight by truck or rail.

IDS of Texas is committed to protecting both assets and information, ensuring that each client’s information is confidential and remains private while secured in a safe, insured storage facility. Protecting clients’ business (and personal) information is as important as protecting their physical assets.

International Depository Services of Canada: Greater Toronto Area

The newest facility in the International Depository Services line is located in Mississauga, Ontario, just outside of Toronto. Toronto, of course, is Canada’s biggest financial hub, and one of the top-10 economic centers in the world.

Being next to Toronto means that the Canada depository is near one of Canada’s busiest inland ports, providing ready access to incoming freight and bulk shipments by boat and rail. The Mississauga facility is directly next to the Toronto Pearson International Airport, meaning you’ll have no problem reaching it or finding a hotel. The international connections make IDS: Toronto a favored choice for investors from countries around the world.

And, of course, like IDS’s other facilities, International Depository Services of Canada offers premium security to ensure the safety of your precious metals.

Note that all of International Depository Services’s depositories allow visitation privileges for precious metals IRA customers.  However, Birch Gold does not offer IDS’s Canadian location as an option for our customers.

Contact International Depository Services

  • You can reach International Depository Services: Delaware by calling 888-322-6150 or emailing
  • International Depository Services: Texas can be reached at 888-322-6150 or
  • International Depository Services: Canada can be reached either by phone at 855-362-2431 or by email at

Alternatively, you can use the contact form here to submit a general query to IDS.

How Does International Depository Services Keep My Precious Metals Safe?

Securing your assets is the first concern of International Depository Services, as it is literally the crux of its business. As such, few depositories around the world can compare with IDS’s security features, including class III gold vaults (the highest in the business), perpetual internal and external audits, and strict separation of duties for all security personnel.

Benefits of International Depository Services

International Depository Services offers numerous benefits to its customers, including:

  • IDS values every single one of its investors and provides world-class service to each client. You can reach IDS by phone, email, or directly through the client portal at any time.
  • All assets are kept off of IDS’s asset sheet, meaning your precious metals will not be used for investments or for borrowing purposes.
  • If anything should happen to your precious metals at any of International Depository Services’s facilities, you can rest easy: your assets are 100% insured by Lloyd’s of London.
  • To ensure that its security protocols are followed by each member of its team, IDS Group has implemented whistleblower provisions in its handbook so employees can feel safe reporting suspicious behavior.

International Depository Services Fees

International Depository Services provides some of its fee schedule online. For Private Custody Accounts up to $250,000, the fee is .65%; accounts between $250,000.01 to $500,000 have a .40% fee; accounts between $500,000.01 to $2,500,000 are charged at .35%, and accounts between $2,500,000.01 to $5,000,000 have a .30% fee. For larger accounts, you’ll need to contact IDS for a custom quote.

Minimum storage charge fees are specific to the depositories. For IDS: Delaware, it’s $100 every 6 months and at IDS: Texas, it’s $300 every 6 months. For IDS: Canada, email them directly to inquire.

International Depository Services FAQs

What types of precious metals can be stored at International Depository Services?

International Depository Services can store silvergoldplatinum, and palladium. For silver, platinum, and palladium, the metal must be 99.95% pure, while for gold, it must be 99.9% pure.  Exceptions are often made to certain sovereign minted coins, such as the American “Gold Eagle”.  At Birch Gold Group, we deal specifically with U.S. customers and follow IRS guidelines.  Customers outside of the U.S. should always check with applicable tax laws in their own jurisdictions.  International Depository Services does allow for storing gold American Eagle coins and anything else IRA-approved by the IRS.

Can you visit your precious metals at International Depository Services?

If you purchase precious metals for your self-directed IRA and use International Depository Services as your depository, you’ll be able to visit your precious metals to see them in person. While it’s not the same as taking direct physical possession of precious metals, it’s the next best thing, as it lets you both see and hold your assets in person while continuing to build your retirement account under IRS guidelines.

Contact International Depository Services directly to arrange a visitation.

What account types can you open at International Depository Services?

International Depository Services has multiple account types depending on your needs. Commercial accounts are for commercial entities working with billions of dollars of assets. Individual Investor Accounts allow clients to store their precious metals in a safe place with robust record keeping services. Self-directed IRAs such as those offered by Birch Gold enable investors to contribute to their retirement accounts while future-proofing their savings by investing in precious metals.

Store Your Precious Metals at International Depository Services

When you open a precious metals IRA with Birch Gold Group, you’ll be able to choose International Depository Services as your precious metals custodian and depository. When you do so, you’ll be selecting one of the foremost depository facilities in the world, recognized globally for their personnel protocols and high-tech security equipment. In the extremely unlikely event that your assets are compromised, you’ll be fully insured by Lloyd’s of London, making IDS an airtight choice. Contact us today to find out how you can set up a precious metals IRA and take advantage of IDS’s offerings.