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Notice to Our Website Visitors - Due to server maintenance at our website host (the state’s California Department of Technology), the Controller’s UCP application may be unavailable for up to 30 minutes, Friday, February 12, 2016, and Friday, February 19, 2016,  between the hours of 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. Pacific Time. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we will update this message if this schedule changes. – The Controller’s Web Support Team

Unclaimed Property

Received an Unclaimed Property Notice?

Did you receive an unclaimed property notice like this earlier this year and fail to contact the related business by the June 1 deadline? Don’t worry – You'll be able to claim the property here within the next couple of months. The Controller's Office sends out unclaimed property notices annually in an effort to connect rightful owners with property before it is sent to the State for safekeeping. There is no time limit on when you can claim it.

Electronic Filing of Claims

The State Controller’s Office now accepts electronically-submitted claims for many properties under $5,000. To find out if you have property that can be claimed electronically, start your search here. If you find property that belongs to you, the site will ask you for certain information and then let you know if the property is eligible for online filing. This new online feature can allow your claim to be processed more quickly than traditional paper claims, with payment generally issued within 14 days.

If a paper claim is required, the site will provide instructions on how to complete that process.

Fraud Alert

The State Controller's Office has received complaints from the public about emails received from individuals who claim to work for the State Controller. The emails instruct the recipient to contact a private attorney for assistance in recovering their lost and abandoned property, including that from a relative’s estate. The State Controller does not send out unsolicited emails about unclaimed property, nor would she refer individuals to a private attorney.  It is a violation of state law for individuals and companies to falsely identify themselves as representing a state official. If you receive similar solicitations, please forward them to the Controller's office at so the Controller's legal office can pursue appropriate action. The Controller strongly recommends that you not respond to these false solicitations, as the senders are seeking personal information and will charge fees for recovering property that you can obtain for free by searching here.

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