Unclaimed Property

Unclaimed Property

State Controller's Office (SCO)

California's Unclaimed Property Law requires corporations, businesses, associations, financial institutions, and insurance companies (referred to as "Holders") to annually report and deliver property to the California State Controller's Office after there has been no activity on the account or contact with the owner for a period of time specified in the law - generally (3) three years or more. This search page will allow you to locate Unclaimed Property that already has been sent to the State for safekeeping, as well as property that is about to be sent to the State by a business as required by law. If you feel you may have other accounts that did not appear in your search, please return to this site at a later date as names are continually added to the Unclaimed Property database. You can also try your search again using a different criteria.

General Information: 916-323-2827

Frequently Asked Questions

California’s Unclaimed Property Law requires corporations, businesses, associations, financial institutions, and insurance companies (referred to as “Holders”) to annually report and deliver property to the State Controller’s Office after there has been no activity on the account or contact with the owner for a period of time specified in the law—generally three (3) years. Often, contact is lost when the owner forgets that the account exists, or moves and does not leave a forwarding address, or the forwarding order expires. In some cases, the owner dies and the heirs have no knowledge of the property.

There are several steps you can take to prevent your property from being turned over to the State:

  • Cash your dividend, interest, or refund checks promptly.
  • Keep accurate records of all financial accounts and review them at least once a year.
  • Maintain annual activity on accounts.
  • Provide your financial institutions with a primary contact, secondary contact, or beneficiary contact name.
  • Remain aware of your accounts.
  • Respond promptly to notifications from the business or the State Controller’s Office that your property may be transferred to the state if you do not contact the business within the stated time period.

Unclaimed Property is generally defined as any financial asset that has been left inactive by the owner for a period of time specified in the law, generally three (3)  years. The California Unclaimed Property Law does NOT include real estate. Unused gift certificates are also generally excluded from unclaimed property and are not sent to the State as unclaimed property. The most common types of Unclaimed Property are:

  • Bank accounts and safe deposit box contents
  • Stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and dividends
  • Uncashed cashier’s checks and money orders
  • Certificates of deposit
  • Matured or terminated insurance policies
  • Estates
  • Mineral interests and royalty payments
  • Trust funds and escrow accounts

Related Links

California State Controller's Office: Unclaimed Property

California State Controller's Office: State Controller Addresses Californians about the State's Unclaimed Property program. http://www.sco.ca.gov/upd_msg.html

Result thumbnail image Unclaimed Property Law and Regulations Betty T. Yee

Unclaimed Property Law and Regulations. §1523. Escheat of Prop. 103 Insurance Rebates to State; Deposit Into Insurance. Fund for Specified Disbursement . http://www.sco.ca.gov/files-upd/guide_upd_updlaw.pdf

Result thumbnail image California State Controller's Office: Home

Property tax assistance for some homeowners · Review and compare public ... Controller Yee warns of unclaimed property scams · Controller Yee: “If women's ... http://www.sco.ca.gov/

Result thumbnail image Unclaimed Property Holder Handbook

Aug 1, 2016 ... August 2016. State of California. Unclaimed Property. Holder Handbook. Controller Betty T. Yee. California State Controller's Office ... http://www.sco.ca.gov/files-upd/guide_rptg_holderhandbook.pdf

California State Controller's Office : Unclaimed Property Main Page

Searchable database of unclaimed property, filing instructions, forms, and laws and regulations. http://sco.ca.gov/upd.html

Reporting Unclaimed Property

Holders are businesses, organizations, and other entities in possession of unclaimed property. By law, unclaimed property must be reported and remitted to the ... http://www.sco.ca.gov/upd_rptg.html

California State Controller's Office : Contact the Unclaimed Property ...

Contact the Unclaimed Property Division. Unclaimed Property Claims. Due to the large volume of claims being processed, the law allows up to 180 days from ... http://www.sco.ca.gov/upd_contact.html

California State Controller's Office : About the Unclaimed Property ...

How Does The State Get Unclaimed Property? How Do I Keep My Property From Being Turned Over To The State Controller's Office? What Will Happen To The ... http://www.sco.ca.gov/upd_faq_about_q01.html