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  • Searching is easy! On our home page, just enter the name of the person or business you wish to search for in the search box. Click SEARCH and review the results.

    If you don’t see your property listed, you can try websites for non-participating states. Just click the States link in the menu at the top of the page. You can also try searching for properties held by other governmental entities, including U.S. federal sites and websites for other countries, right from our Related Links page.
  • Each state has a different schedule for updating the MissingMoney.com database. Some are weekly and some are monthly. Every state removes properties from MissingMoney.com based on claim status, although the rules can vary from state to state.

    It is also possible that your property has not yet been turned over to any governmental entity. In this case, you will need to contact the company or organization holding the funds or property. Check back with MissingMoney.com frequently as new records are continually added.
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    Please see the Terms of Service on the website for information on why we block specific activity.
  • MissingMoney.com is a name-based search engine. If your name is not on the card and not attached in some way to the card account, then you won’t be able to find it here. Your best bet would be to contact the state holding the card balance. That could be the state where the card was sold or the state where the company that issued the card was incorporated. You might be required to have the card’s account number. Use the Contact Us link or States link to make an inquiry directly with a state.
  • MissingMoney.com is a free service for searching unclaimed property across over 40 states, territories, and provinces. If you have questions and want to talk to someone, it is best if you contact a state directly. Use the States link to find phone numbers for state and provincial unclaimed property departments.
  • MissingMoney.com has contact information for non-participating states. Just click on the States link at the top of the page. The site also has links to other sources of unclaimed property, sources like the U.S. federal government and other countries. Click on Related Links above for a list.
  • By law many States and Provinces cannot reveal the dollar amount of the property they hold, nor can they reveal the last known street address. Some States and Provinces also withhold such information to prevent fraud.
  • Our web site is set up to return 200 results per search. If you have more than 200 potential matches, you should specify the cities and states / provinces where you have previously lived. We are always looking at better ways to help you narrow your search.
  • If there is a chance that you could have forgotten some of your money in the past, you could be the owner of unclaimed property. Try to determine if a property item is yours by looking at all of the information displayed in the search results. Did you ever live at the last known address or the last known city and state? Do you recall ever having an account with the holder company displayed? If so, you may be the rightful owner and should consider submitting a claim inquiry. The state will require that you submit documentation to validate that you are the rightful owner. In the process you will work directly with the state and they can help determine if you are entitled to the property.

Claim Questions

  • Be sure to open the claim form PDF (if provided), which will initiate an email with a copy of the PDF that you can print later. If you don't have access to a printer, you could access the site from another computer, such as your work computer or the computer of another family member or friend. Several states also offer a service where you can request that the state holding your funds mail a claim form to you. Just look for a link on the claim form page.
  • Please note you will have to contact the state or province Unclaimed Property Department directly to inquire about a specific claim. Claims processing times do vary from state to state and by property type. You can eliminate claims processing delays by making sure you have the required paperwork completed and by sending all the required documentation. Use the Contact Us link to send a status question to the state holding your property, or click on the States link to find contact information for every state.
  • To make a claim you first have to perform a search. Then, click the button next to the name. For some states, you will be redirected to the state website to begin the claim process. For other states, you will be asked to complete some required information. You may be asked to print a claim form (sign it and mail it to the state), and your claim may also be sent directly to the state electronically. Just follow the on-screen instructions and any instructions on the PDF claim forms.
  • If you think that you are the rightful heir or beneficiary, be sure to follow all of the instructions provided on the claim form. States and provinces have different requirements for processing claims, but generally you would be required to provide documentation such as death certificate, letters of testamentary, proof of the account owner's connection with the last known address, and so on.
  • Because the states handle all claims processing, we cannot resend a claim form. Please use the Contact Us link or States link to contact the state handling your claim.
  • We understand and respect your concern. Certain states do require a social security number to make a claim. If you do not wish to give your information via the Internet, you may contact the state directly to request an alternate method. Please use the States link at the top of the page to find contact information for your state.
  • Most States and Provinces do require some proof of connection to the last known address. If you cannot provide any such proof you can submit the completed claim form with a letter stating that you cannot locate any proof of the old address. The state will then advise you what documentation it will require to process your claim inquiry.

General Questions

  • Many states and provinces have joined MissingMoney.com. Check back often to find out which states are participants.
  • No. Some states and provinces do not list all of the records in their custody. For example, some states and provinces do not list records under a certain dollar amount. Other states only list the most recent property items in their custody, while yet others list only older records. However, we still receive thousands of new listings each month from the participating states and provinces.
  • In addition to MissingMoney.com, states and provinces try to find missing owners in many ways. Many states publish listings in the newspapers of general circulation. Some states and provinces also set up booths at their state fairs and other events and many host telethons to try and locate missing owners.
  • Some people and companies, known as “heir finders”, contact consumers about unclaimed funds. Oftentimes they charge a "finder's" fee which can be as much as 50% of the property amount. To try and locate these funds yourself, for free, first conduct a search of MissingMoney.com. We receive updated property data almost daily. If you don't see the property listed, you should try linking out to non-participating state websites via the map. Just click the States link at the top of the page."
  • No. States and provinces act as the custodians of your property until you claim it from them.