Unclaimed Property Claims
Due to the large volume of claims being processed, the law allows up to 180 days from the date the State Controller’s Office receives a complete claim package to review all documentation and make a decision on whether or not the documentation supports the claim. Property owner claims that only involve cash may be processed in as little as 30 to 60 days. More complex claims, such as those filed by heirs, those involving multiple owners, or those involving businesses are generally processed within the 180 day period.
After the claim is approved, additional time is required for the payment of claims that involve securities. Research needs to be done to determine if any corporate activity (such as corporate mergers, acquisitions, stock splits, or dividends), affecting the value of the security, occurred during the period that the security has been held by the state. Please allow an additional 90 to 180 days for this research.
Quick Help Topics:
For assistance with:
|A notification you received stating that your property may be transferred to the State Controller’s Office, and you did not contact the business by the deadline listed||The property will simply be transferred to the State Controller’s Office. Search for and claim it here.|
|Filing a claim||See Filing Instructions and Required Documentation in the Claim Filing Instructions and Forms section.|
|Inquiring about the status of your claim||Allow approximately 30 days from the date you mailed your package for us to receive and enter your claim into our system. Click here to check the status of your claim.|
|Having trouble verifying the status of your claim, or would like to reach the person who is handling your claim, or have a hardship||Call the Call Center toll free at (800) 992-4647 or contact them by email.|
|Unclaimed Property Call Center
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays
|Phone||(800) 992-4647 Nationwide
(916) 323-2827 Outside of U.S.
|Mailing Claims and General Information||Unclaimed Property Division P.O. Box 942850, Sacramento, CA 94250-5873|
|Public Counter and Overnight Mail||Unclaimed Property Division 10600 White Rock Road, Suite 141, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670|
|Property Owner Advocate||Contact the SCO’s Property Owner Advocate.|
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Unclaimed Property Reporting
California’s Unclaimed Property Law requires corporations, businesses, associations, financial institutions, and insurance companies 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.
If you are a business with a question on reporting property, please visit the GoReport page.
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