Search for unclaimed money

There’s more than $40 billion sitting with state governments.

Is any of it yours?

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Sometimes a financial institution has money or property that belongs to you, but it wasn’t able to deliver it to you for whatever reason. This property can come from many different sources, like uncashed paychecks from employers, insurance payouts, abandoned brokerage accounts, bank accounts or safe deposit boxes, and uncashed checks.

When a business or financial institution can’t find you, it has to turn over the property to the state where the account was held, which is a process known as escheatment. Once the state has the property, it keeps the property until you can claim it.

Here are the steps for claiming unclaimed property, if you have any.

  1. Go to the right website
  2. Get your documents in order
  3. File a claim
  4. Wait for your check

(Note that if you’re claiming money for your business or a deceased relative, the steps may differ.)

Step 1: Go to the right website

The process for claiming unclaimed money can vary by state. And while there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to getting your money, the first step to claiming your money is to go to the appropriate website.

Using the table below, find your state and click on the link to go to its unclaimed property website.

Step 2: Get your documents in order

If you’ve found missing money in your name and want to claim it, you’ll need to verify your identity.

The requirements may vary by state, but here are some of the documents you may need.   

These documents help verify your full name and address to confirm you’re the rightful owner of the missing money. Some states will accept copies of documentation, while other states will require originals.

Step 3: File a claim

Once you’ve gone to the right website and have your documents ready, it’s time for the fun part: filing a claim so you can get your missing money.

The first step is to carefully read the claim instructions on your state-specific site. Some states don’t allow for electronic submissions, while some allow you to file online if you meet certain conditions.

For example, residents of California can file online if the amount is less than $5,000 and they are the sole owner of the missing money. If the unclaimed money is owned by multiple parties, each owner needs to sign a Claim Affirmation Form and the money will be split among the parties.

If you can’t file online, you’ll need to mail a claim form along with additional documentation to verify your identity.

In some cases, if you’re owed more than $1,000 and can’t file online, you may need to print the claim form and get it notarized. 

Pro tip: Check with your bank — it may notarize it for free.

You then need to mail the form to the address specified in your state’s claim instructions.

Here’s a quick chart on how each state accepts claim forms.

Claims methods by state: Mail or online

Note: If you submit online, you may receive your funds faster. But not every state allows you to submit a claim online. Even if you can fill out the claim forms online, you may need to send those forms and other documentation by mail.

StateClaims method
AlabamaMail claim form
AlaskaAccepts online claims
ArizonaMail claim form
CaliforniaAccepts some online claims
ColoradoMail claim form
ConnecticutMail claim form
DelawareAccepts online claims
FloridaMail claim form
GeorgiaAccepts online claims
HawaiiMail claim form
IdahoAccepts online claims
IllinoisMail claim form
IndianaMail claim form
IowaAccepts online claims
KansasMail claim form
KentuckyMail claim form
LouisianaMail claim form
MaineMail claim form
MarylandMail claim form
MassachusettsMail claim form
MichiganMail claim form
MinnesotaAccepts online claims
MississippiMail claim form
MissouriAccepts online claims
MontanaAccepts online claims
NebraskaAccepts some online claims
NevadaMail claim form
New HampshireMail claim form
New JerseyAccepts online claims
New MexicoMail claim form
New YorkAccepts online claims
North CarolinaMail claim form
North DakotaMail claim form
OhioMail claim form
OklahomaMail claim form
OregonMail claim form
PennsylvaniaMail claim form
Rhode IslandAccepts online claims
South CarolinaMail claim form
South DakotaAccepts online claims
TennesseeMail claim form
TexasMail claim form
UtahMail claim form
VermontMail claim form
VirginiaMail claim form
WashingtonAccepts online claims
Washington, D.C.Mail claim form
West VirginiaAccepts online claims
WisconsinMail claim form
WyomingMail claim form

Step 4: Wait for your check

Once you’ve found missing money and submitted your documentation either online or by snail mail, you have to wait for your check to arrive.

Unfortunately, the timing can vary widely by state. It can take two weeks from the date you filed your claim, or more than six months in some cases. Sometimes, you may not know how much you’re getting back.

Bottom line

If you’re eligible for unclaimed money, be sure to follow the instructions provided by your state and submit relevant documentation. Depending on your claim and the specific state, it may be processed in a short time — or it could take a while longer.

Whatever the case may be, it will be good to get your money back from the state — and back in your pocket.

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