Claim Filing Instructions
You must file a claim with the State Controller’s Office.
If your claim is eligible, you will be given the option to file electronically after you have entered the requested information for your claim. For more information see About Electronic Claim Filing.
If a paper claim is required, you will be given instructions on how to complete that process.
To begin the claim process, begin by searching for property on ClaimIt.ca.gov.
Filing Instructions and Required Documentation
The type of documents you will need to include with your Claim Affirmation Form will depend upon whether you are the owner, the heir, or representing a business or government agency. Please refer to the filing instructions for a list of acceptable documents to include with your claim. Once a complete claim package is received, the property information is removed from our web site while the claim is processed.
Please select one of the links below to print the filing instructions and list of documentation that must accompany the signed claim form
- Filing Instructions for a Property Owner If you are listed in our database or on our website as a Property Owner.
- Filing Instructions for an Heir Filing a Deceased Owner Claim If the Deceased Owner is listed in our database or on our website, and you are filing this claim as an Heir, Trustee, or Personal Representative/Executor/Administrator.
- Filing Instructions for a Business If the Business name is listed in our database or on our website, and you are filing this claim as an Official for the Business, Corporation, Non-profit Organization, Partnership, Association.
- Unclaimed Property for a Government Agency If the Government Agency name is listed in our database or on our website, and you are filling this claim as an official for the agency. Also learn about automatically transferred unclaimed property to government agencies.