The North Dakota Unclaimed Property Division has been working to reunite individuals with property that they have lost or misplaced since 1975.
Unclaimed property consists of uncashed checks, unused bank accounts, and other property such as stocks and bonds that has not been claimed by the owner for a specified period of time (usually two to five years). In some instances the property was missed in the probate of an estate, or it may have simply been forgotten by the owner.
The division acts as custodian of these unclaimed funds from banks, insurance companies, utilities, retailers, hospitals, local governments, and other entities.
Any business operating in the State of North Dakota is required to annually check its accounting records for outstanding checks, dormant accounts, unclaimed stocks or bonds, credit balances, etc. Once the property is identified, the business owner needs to notify the property owner at the last-known address to give them an opportunity to recover the property.
If the business is unsuccessful in contacting the owner, or if the owner doesn’t respond, the business owner must turn the property over to the Unclaimed Property Division.
If you find money after doing a search you will want to fill out and print up a claim form. You can send the claim form in to:
ND Department of Trust Lands
1707 N 9th Street
PO Box 5523
Bismarck, ND 58506-5523
Before sending in the claim form, it will need to be notarized. The department handling claims needs to see the original notarized signature so you cannot email or fax it in.
You will also need to provide proof of identity, most likely with your social security card as well as proof that you lived at the address listed on the claim.
If you have any questions, you can contact the unclaimed funds division at:
Telephone: (701) 328-2800
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