The Unclaimed Property Database of the State of California is an online application that allows you to search for property that you may have a legal right to claim as your own. “Unclaimed property” just means property that has passed out of someone’s possession and to which no one else has a legal claim. If you used to live in California and then moved, leaving no forwarding address, you might have missed a check that was sent to that address. Or, if you got married or divorced or changed your name in some other way, you may have caused assets, like stocks, bonds, pension funds or inheritance monies that rightly belong to you to get lost because people couldn’t find you.
Using the Unclaimed Property Database of the State of California is an easy, convenient, and completely free way for you to find out whether there is any unclaimed property in California that you have a right to call your own. The service is online and is completely not-for-profit. You may have money you don’t even know about!
About the California State Controller’s Office
The Unclaimed Property Database of the State of California is part of the California State Controller’s Office. This part of California State government is responsible for holding onto and managing unclaimed property until it is claimed by its rightful owner. It protects the property of California citizens from having their assets seized by someone else.
How Can You Search the Unclaimed Property Database of the State of California?
- A computer with internet access.
- A property that you have a right to call your own.
- Step-By-Step Guide
- Go to the Unclaimed Property Database of the State of California website at related link 1 below.
- Enter your name and city into the required fields and then click on the button marked “Search”.
- If your search comes up with unclaimed property that belongs to you, file a claim for it by following the instructions on the Claim Filing Instruction and Forms web page at related link 2 below.
- For further information, refer to the Unclaimed Property Database Search FAQ at related link 3.
- California Unclaimed Property Database:
- Claim Filing Instruction and Forms:
- Unclaimed Property Database Search FAQ: