Do you have unclaimed money in California? Here’s how you can find out
If you’ve ever lost or not received a paycheck, or even overpaid on utilities, your county or state could have some money waiting for you.
State law requires that banks, insurance companies and corporations report and submit customers’ property to the state controller’s office when there’s been no activity on it for about three years.
California State Controller Betty Yee’s office then safeguards all unclaimed property once it’s turned over to the state.
Oftentimes, unclaimed property, also sometimes referred to as uncashed warrants, includes bank accounts, stocks, uncashed checks, insurance benefits, wages and safe deposit boxes — although it’s important to note that this type of property does not include real estate.
For the state, there is no deadline for claiming this property
How to find unclaimed property for the state of California
Once property is handed over to the state controller’s office, you won’t have to worry about a deadline.
Sometimes, the controller’s team will send out letters in an effort to connect owners with their property before it’s officially sent to the state government for safekeeping. Those letters often have a deadline, but if a property owner goes past that date, then the property is simply transferred to the state controller’s office.
Residents can search for their unclaimed property here, where they will be prompted to enter their first and last name, middle initial, and city.
How to search for unclaimed money in the City of Sacramento
Unclaimed property in the city of Sacramento often belongs to vendors, former employees and utility ratepayers.
Their unclaimed property is in the form of uncashed vendor and payroll checks and unrefunded utility billing account balances.
Anyone who believes they may have unclaimed funds in Sacramento can search for their name or businesses here, where they will also find the amount and what the unclaimed property is from.
There’s an important deadline to know. For Sacramento, claims need to be made on or before June 28, 2021.
How to search for unclaimed money in Sacramento County
In Sacramento County, unclaimed warrants are those that have been issued and mailed, but remain uncashed six months after being issued. If lost, they can be reissued up to two and a half years from when they were initially issued.
If you have an unclaimed warrant, you’ll have to include a signed affidavit, and each claim must have a separate affidavit.
Sacramento County residents can also search for their name or business below to see if they have any unclaimed money. NOTE: List last updated May 19, 2021