Texas AlamaThere is currently more than $2 Billion worth of Texas unclaimed money being held by the Lone Star State!

There are about 25 million people in Texas and about 6 million names on the list of unclaimed money in Texas.

That means approximately one in four Texans have unclaimed money being held for them!

For a little background information, unclaimed property is defined as “any financial asset that has been abandoned by the owner for one or more years”.
Now, you may ask “why would someone abandon their own money?”. Well for the most part they don’t do it on purpose!

For instance, some examples of Texas unclaimed money include:

  • Dividend, payroll or cashier’s checks
  • Stocks, mutual fund accounts, bonds
  • Utility deposits and other refunds
  • Bank accounts and safe deposit box contents
  • Insurance proceeds
  • Mineral interest or royalty payments
  • Court deposits, trust funds, escrow accounts

Now, take a look the third item “utility deposits and other refunds”. Let’s say you moved into a house or an apartment and needed to get the electricity in your own name. The electric/utility company may have asked for a deposit before starting up your service. Now let’s say you lived there for several years and decided to move out. By this time, you have probably long forgotten about your utility deposit. If you move out and the utility company does not have a forwarding address or for some unknown reason on their end are not able to get you your deposit back, they are required by law to turn it over to the state.

In Texas, unclaimed money is turned over after one year. This is just one example of how your money might end up on the Texas unclaimed money list.

Claim Processing Time

It takes approximately 90 to 120 days  (see comment below) to process an original owner claim once it is received at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, if no additional information is needed. Certain claims may take longer.

Technically, there is no deadline for claiming Texas unclaimed property. In fact, if the owner has passed away, heirs can legally claim their family’s assets. But abandoned items pile up extremely quickly, and the state has a very limited amount of space in which to store these items. After every possible method to contact the owner has been exhausted over several years, something has to be done.

Texas does need help in contacting the six million people owed unclaimed money. The state cannot do it all themselves.

Click here to search for Texas Unclaimed Money

The City of Houston, TX has their own list of unclaimed money.

The list has 410,000 names on it. This list only contains amounts under $100. Anything over $100 is turned over to the States unclaimed money division.

Still, if you live or have lived or worked in Houston, it doesn’t hurt to check to see if you have some money owed to you.

Here is the Houston, TX unclaimed money list (Not more than $100).





  1. cynthia lang says

    Almost 2 months ago I found unclaimed money under my deceased mother. Florence T N.
    p.o. box 3 2
    pearsall, texas 78061
    She lived at 8 5 E. t street
    pearsall, texas 78061

    my claim number is #13 36. Please get back to me.
    Cynthia N L

  2. Deloris says

    It has been 93 days since they received my information and I have not gotten my funds. I emailed them and was told it could take 3-4 months before they even start a search. Maybe the information listed here should be updated from 90 days to 4-6 months.

    • unclaimedfunds says

      Thank you for that information. I am going to change it to 90-120 days just so people don’t get their hopes up, maybe with a little note to see your comment below. There has recently been publicity in Texas regarding unclaimed money and that usually brings in a large amount of inquiries and claims. This is one of the reasons why I point out that becoming an unclaimed money finder is such a great business! There are only a limited amount of employees working on unclaimed funds compared to the amount of claims that come in. They are too busy processing claims to be actually looking for people owed money. The unclaimed money departments try to make it publicly known that money is being held by publishing names in the newspaper, advertising, etc., but unless someone owed money makes an inquiry themselves, it would be very rare to get a direct notification that you are owed unclaimed money. That is also why the dollar amount of money being held in general keeps going up every year.

    • unclaimedfunds says

      You need to contact the State of Texas for this (I’m assuming it is Texas as this is where you posted).
      Here is the contact information:

      Phone (M-F, 8am – 5pm): 1-800-654-FIND (3463) or (512) 463-3120
      Email: unclaimed.property@cpa.state.tx.us
      Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts,
      Unclaimed Property Division,
      Research and Correspondence Section,
      PO Box 12046,
      Austin, TX 78711-2046
      Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) 1-800-248-4099 or 512-463-4621

  3. AKINYELE OKE says

    In opened a savings account with Bank of America while on a visit to Houston in 2008. Due to some reasons I did not operate the account even with the smart in Nigeria for security reasons too, I came back to Houston for two weeks visit only to be told that my account is zero and I have to contact this web for help.
    My problem is that I will be out of Houston again in two weeks time.
    What should I do? I need help.

  4. unclaimedfunds says

    I thought I answered this earlier, but it appears I did not post the reply. I checked in Texas and there are two accounts under Peter Akinyele. You need to go to the state site and fill out the claim forms and send them in. It doesn’t matter where you are. As long as you can prove that they are your accounts, they will send the checks to you.

  5. Amy gage says

    We filled out our paperwork and they received our info on dec4 2014 it’s feb 27,2014 and still says the same thing.i don’t think it should take over 80 plus days to get money that is owed to you,especially if you really need it and sent all the correct paperwork.

    • unclaimedfunds says

      If you look above, you will see I changed the information to say from 60 days to 90-120 days. You have to understand there are millions of people owed unclaimed money, thousands that are filing claims, and probably only a handful of workers processing the claims. At least you know they have it and you will be getting your money back. Hopefully, you’ll have it soon!

  6. Terry says

    Finally my claim got approved march 5 2014 says you will receive your check within 7-10 days, then on march 10 , 2014 it says your check was printed please allow 7 to 10 days.does that mean that it was mailed march 10th?I am just confused if its 10 days from the 5 th or 10th of march.

    • unclaimedfunds says


      I’m just seeing this now, but I’m thinking it would be 7-10 days from when it was printed. Hope you got it by now.

  7. abiah woods says

    i had unclaimed wages from the texas workforce from 2009 i was going with this girl and she lied on me and said i hit her i end up losing my job for disd 2010 in the year 2011 i found out that she did that to ten guys in the past i tried filing for my unemployment but i didn’t get it at all please help me out in this matter i can be reach @xxx xxx xxxx

  8. Varo Artemio Cuero Villegas says

    Hi, My name is Varo Cuero from ecuador, I was visited Houston Texas in the 1978, 1979, and at this time i was opened a checking account # 06-373XXX in the FIRST CITY NATIONAL BANK OF HOUSTON TEXAS, for family problems y have to return my country Ecuador and I leave my money in this bank.
    Actually I am in ecuador and the reason for this letter is get my money back would you help me ?
    I am in disposition to proobe my identify when you required
    My adress is
    Muriel (1-15) between Av libertad y malecon
    Esmeraldas Ecuador
    home phone : 01159362 XXXXX
    cell phone: 011593-9841XXXXX

    • unclaimedfunds says

      I “X’ed” out some of your information for privacy reasons. I found your money. I am going to send you an email showing you how to claim it. If you don’t want to do that yourself, I can fill out the claim form for you, but you are going to have to fill out some information for me that I will send to you in an email, then I will apply that to your claim form in Texas.

    • unclaimedfunds says

      It depends if you have any money and where it is being held. If you do a search in a state that it is readily available it could take you a couple of minutes, maybe faster. If you don’t know where your money is or why money might be being held for you, it could take much longer but there are a lot of variables on such a general question.

  9. Russell Nichols says

    My father Edward L. Nichols had a bank account he showed me before his death that others dont seem to be aware of. I know where he banked but i don’t know if I’m listed as a beneficiary. How do i find out?

    • unclaimedfunds says

      There should be an estate lawyer or probate lawyer to handle these things. If you say they do not know about this account and you know where he banked, you can start by checking with the bank. If they don’t have any information or cannot help, then you can go to the state and see if anything is being held by them in his name. If so, you can try to claim it and then see what happens.

  10. kaleigh brantley says

    hi my name is kaleigh i am heir to funds through my father. the assets are through a couple of states how do me and my father get the assets?

    • unclaimedfunds says

      JW, you will need to contact the state directly and ask them. If it is Texas here is the information:
      Phone (M-F, 8am – 5pm): 1-800-654-FIND (3463) or (512) 463-3120

      Most likely they will ask for a death certificate as well as proof that you are the heir.

  11. John Robert Dial jr. says

    I worked at General Dynamice-1965-was in a savings payrooll fund never got my funds at time i was laid off

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