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Unclaimed Property Rules and Time Limits by State

Find your states rules for remitting unclaimed property and staying within any time limitations.

Each year, individual states (and in some cases the federal government) receive property such as:

  • Unclaimed wages
  • Gift certificates
  • Bank accounts
  • Safe deposit box contents

These are presumed abandoned after a period of inactivity by the rightful owner. 

For more specific details about state unclaimed property laws and their time limitations, we have an article that includes summaries of the laws and procedures for all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. Read: Reporting or Retrieving Unclaimed Property

For unclaimed property information specific to your state or jurisdiction visit the respective treasurer's site. 

To find out if other states may be holding your unclaimed property, search the national database established by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA).

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