To successfully file an unclaimed property claim with us you must prove that you are the rightful owner of the property.

The required proof varies according to the property and the circumstances under which it was abandoned. The Unclaimed Property Office does not release property until it receives the required proof. 

Eligibility requirements for submitting a claim depend on your status with respect to the property. Generally, proof of ownership is as listed below. In some cases we may require additional evidence supporting your ownership of the property. 

If you are the original owner, please submit the following evidence to support your claim:

  • a signed and notarized claim form;
  • a clear copy of your government-issued photo identification and proof of your Social Security Number, 
    and proof that you lived or received mail at the address as listed;
  • legal documentation establishing power of attorney, guardianship, custody or trusteeship to act on behalf of the original owner;
  • photo identifications are required of both the original owner and the person representing the original owner.
  • if the original owner does not have official photo identification due to incapacitation, you must provide a notarized statement of identity from a care provider on company letterhead; and
  • proof that the owner lived or received mail at the address as listed. Examples of proof of address include:

    - auto registration; 
    - bank or utility statement; 
    - birth or marriage certificate; 
    - court documents; 
    - credit report; 
    - driver’s license; 
    - Medicare card or insurance policy; 
    - postmarked envelope addressed to you at the address you are proving; 
    - school transcripts, or 
    - proof of ownership. 

If the owner is deceased and you are the legal representative, please submit the following evidence to support your claim:

  • substantive entitlement to funds under applicable heirship laws and a copy of the death certificate, and
  • proof that the owner lived or received mail at the address as listed. Examples of proof of address include:

    - auto registration; 
    - bank or utility statement; 
    - birth or marriage certificate; 
    - court documents; 
    - credit report; 
    - driver’s license; 
    - Medicare card or insurance policy; 
    - postmarked envelope addressed to you at the address you are proving; 
    - school transcripts, or proof of ownership.

    This instruction applies to claims for property of a decedent whose estate was not previously subject to probate or where probate was previously closed. 

If you are representing a business, please submit the following evidence to support your claim:

  • A sole proprietorship - Provide legal documentation that you are the sole owner of the business.
  • A partnership - Provide legal documentation that you are an official with the company and authorized to sign.

A corporation - Provide legal documentation that you are an official with the company and authorized to sign. If the corporation is dissolved you must provide a copy of the dissolution and the shareholder information. 

Also submit the following evidence to support your claim:

  • a clear copy of your government-issued photo identification;
  • a signed and notarized claim form;
  • proof of your business Federal Employee's Identification Number (FEIN), and
  • proof that you lived or received mail at the address as listed. Examples of address proof include:

    - auto registration; 
    - bank or utility statement; 
    - birth or marriage certificate; 
    - court documents; 
    - credit report; 
    - driver’s license; 
    - Medicare card or insurance policy; 
    - postmarked envelope addressed to you at the address you are proving; 
    - school transcripts, or proof of ownership. 

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