Received an Unclaimed Property Notice?
Did you receive an unclaimed property notice like this earlier this year and fail to contact the related business by the June 1 deadline? Don’t worry – You'll be able to claim the property here within the next couple of months. The Controller's Office sends out unclaimed property notices annually in an effort to connect rightful owners with property before it is sent to the State for safekeeping. There is no time limit on when you can claim it.
Electronic Filing of Claims
The State Controller’s Office now accepts electronically-submitted claims for many properties under $1000. To find out if you have property that can be claimed electronically, start your search here. If you find property that belongs to you, the site will ask you for certain information and then let you know if the property is eligible for online filing. This new online feature can allow your claim to be processed more quickly than traditional paper claims, with payment generally issued within 14 days.
If a paper claim is required, the site will provide instructions on how to complete that process.
The State Controller's Office has received complaints from the public about emails received from individuals who claim to work for the State Controller. The emails instruct the recipient to contact a private attorney for assistance in recovering their lost and abandoned property, including that from a relative’s estate. The State Controller does not send out unsolicited emails about unclaimed property, nor would he refer individuals to a private attorney. It is a violation of state law for individuals and companies to falsely identify themselves as representing a state official. If you receive similar solicitations, please forward them to the Controller's office at EOInquiry@sco.ca.gov so the Controller's legal office can pursue appropriate action. The Controller strongly recommends that you not respond to these false solicitations, as the senders are seeking personal information and will charge fees for recovering property that you can obtain for free by searching here.
Photos: See unusual unclaimed property
These charts offer a good overview of my office’s successful efforts:
- Total Unclaimed Properties Returned to Owners
- Shares of Unclaimed Securities Returned to Owners
- Unclaimed Cash Returned to Owners
- Unclaimed Property Notices Mailed to Owners
- Notice To Holders Of Unclaimed Property
- Consumer Information
- Frequently Asked Questions
- About Investigators (For Consumers)
- Property Owner Advocate
- Reporting Resources
- Notice To Investigators
- Investigator Handbook and Forms
- Investigator Frequently Asked Questions
- Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines
- Online Auction
- Contact the Unclaimed Property Division