California Unclaimed Funds

There is over $6.1 billion in California unclaimed money belonging to over 17 million accounts!


The California Unclaimed Money Law requires all businesses (Holders) to report and deliver assets to the State Conroller’s Office after there has been no activity on the account or contact with the owner during the dormancy period.

If the value of the property is more than $50, the Controller’s office sends out a notice to the property owner that it is going to transfer the property to the State’s unclaimed money division if the property owner does not contact the business holding it by a certain date.

The name of the business holding the property, the contact information, and the amount and type of property are all on this notice.

If the owner doesn’t receive the notice, or doesn’t take action, the money is turned over to the State.

If the owner somehow figures out on his/her own that the money is being held by the State, there is no time limit to file a claim and recover it.

Regarding Claims

If an owner of California unclaimed money does file a claim to recover their money, they will be sent a “claim receipt letter” showing the date the claim was received by the California Unclaimed Money Division.

The law in California allows the State up to 180 from the date they receive the claim to review everything and decide if the documentation provided supports the claim.

Simple claims just regarding cash may take only 30 to 60 days to be processed.

Claims that are more complex, such as those involving more than one owner, claims filed by heirs, or claims involving businesses are usually processed within 180 days.

Claims that take the longest usually involve stocks, bonds or other securities that need to be researched to get the exact value of the security.

These can take an additional 90 to 180 days.

Click here to go the California website and do a search for unclaimed money.

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Unclaimed Money Guide


  1. diana says

    i have troubles subscribing to this website, i got a check from the house that i used to own on gorham in moreno valley, there was money left over

  2. unclaimedfunds says

    I’m not sure why you had problems subscribing, did you try again? Did you make sure you didn’t have any more money being held?

    • unclaimedfunds says

      You can look for unclaimed money there. Whether it is unclaimed property, funds, assets, money, etc., it is all the same thing on the site.

  3. says

    I have a property ID#000404XXX for a Bank of America asset of a safe deposit box that belongs to my now deceased Aunt Marilyn Jean Miller that I cannot access now from the State of Ca unclaimed money website. Can you help? I am the successor trustee in her will.

  4. Evelyn Felix Mock says

    Yes I have sent a the required material needed papers but keep asking for the same papers. I believe the paperwork is complete.

    • unclaimedfunds says

      I’m not sure what you are referring to but I would say you need to call the state and speak to them directly.

  5. Jaime M Garcia says

    my father worked for the owens and minor company in san diego ca. he passed away in 2003 and left a stock under my name. I was told when I was of legal age to get info on this stock that was lost. the last update I had for it was in 2007 but now there is no paperwork for it. I need help

  6. Buara Thongpheth says

    I have unclaimed funds for my daughter. She is under 18 year old. My question is can I claim as her mother to get the fund? And how do I get the fund?

  7. Glenn says

    I have 2 checks that I found and are over 5 years old. One is a paycheck and the second is a tax refund where I use to live. I checked the unclaimed fund and there are no record in my name. Can you help me???

  8. Antonio Arcoverde says

    I know I have a check or two from tek systems. I would like info on how to go about getting those funds into my pocket.

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