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State of California Unclaimed Property Fund Checks

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Established in 1999, Missing Money is a national database that enables you to perform searches for unclaimed money and lost assets required by law to be turned over to the states – like money due from past employers, utility companies, stocks, mutual funds, safe deposit box contents, uncashed checks, insurance policies and more.

Basically this means in plain English… you can search for money owed to YOU!

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Steps to Search for YOUR Missing or Unclaimed Money:

  • Click here, enter your name or Business name and click on “search”
  • Enter your city and state
  • If you find a match, complete a claim form. Most states and provinces require a specific form to be completed which asks pertinent information about the property and proof of ownership, such as copies of checkbook, passbook, bonds, etc.
  • Follow the instructions to complete the specified form and supply any necessary documentation and identification.
  • The claim form and ID are then mailed to the state for review. The state will respond to you directly after they have reviewed your submission and verified that you are the rightful owner.
  • Most states send you an acknowledgment letter after receiving your claim. Claims processing time frames vary between states and provinces and property to property based upon claim activity. Click here to view the list of participating states in MissingMoney.

HIP TIP: Some states like California and Pennsylvania host their own unclaimed money sites. If you are not finding your state listed on, try googling “State’s Name + Unclaimed Property.”

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Check out recent comments from readers who found out they had missing money!

I searched, found my name, and submitted my request through the website. Almost $150 received yesterday (took less than a week). The check was official and from the state. Totally legit. Thanks for your post, I have shared with all my friends and family!

Holy smokes! I just found an old employer owes my husband $689.33!! $$ is on the way they say!

I found companies that I worked for when I was a teenager that owed me money and they actually paid me. Also, found one for my dad from the 1970s. He got his too!

I just checked and I have a $1,200 check! WOW!! Thank you so much!!!

A few months ago we claimed over $400 from my boyfriend’s father that passed away years ago. There was quite a bit of paperwork we needed to send in but it worked out OK. Thanks!

Last month, I found $650 from interest building on cancelled insurance plan and they sent me the money via Paypal. All I needed to send in was a W2 showing I worked for the company at that time, plus a copy of my license. Pretty happy!

Join The Discussion

Comments 36

  1. LT

    Thank you so much Hip2Save because the last time you post this. I actually filed for my missing money, claim it and I just received it last week!!! I couldn’t have know about that without you!!! Thank you so much 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

    • Amber


  2. Scruffybean718

    Thank you!! I check every year and have never had anything, but this time my husband had 2 claims!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! So glad you got some, Scruffybean718!

  3. Gscribble

    I found one for my dad who passed 16 years ago, and sent the info to my mom. Thanks!

  4. serenity he

    i found 28 cents lol

  5. Beth

    I got $5 from my state! Thanks!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Woot Woot! You are welcome, Beth!

  6. nita

    It’s asking for social security #, that’s where I stopped. Anyone else find this to be a red flag?

    • Katie

      I didn’t have to provide my ss# to search for a claim.

    • quinntress

      Some claims do require it, if the claim is above a certain amount to prove it belongs to you. my mom had to but we had the option of submitting a mailed in paper form which adds to the turn around time. I 100% hear ur concerns (IT security is part of my job so my paranoia about these things is heightened) but because it was the official .gov site we were comfortable adding it.

  7. Tanya

    The address is old address and we moved to a different state. How that works.

    • Sam

      When you go to file a claim, you are required to submit proof of previous address (at least I was). Examples include: utility bill, bank statement, tax statement, post-marked envelope, credit report. I just pulled a bank statement from the year I was at my previous address.

  8. Martha

    I had a claim for over 100 00! Wow! Wasn’t expecting it. Thanks H2S!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      No problem!

  9. Lisa

    True Story that just happened a week ago. I periodically check my state’s website for unclaimed property … particularly because we just moved, I will check it more frequently. I had noted when searching for my name that I saw some of my uncles on it. I don’t keep in contact with them, but another family member did, so I asked him to relay the info. I specifically mentioned the “.gov” website and ensure it was a .gov site and nothing else and that when I did have property to claim, I did NOT have to pay for it. Well, my uncle went to some other website NOT a .gov website and said he had to pay like $30 to submit his claim. I relayed that you shouldn’t have to pay to claim your property. Long story short, he ended up cancelling the charge as he had gone to the WRONG website. Uggg… So just ensure you are on your state’s correct website.

  10. Kimberly

    Unfortunately I have a very common first and last name. So my name shows up a lot in cities I have lived in. How do I go about finding if it’s actually my money or someone else’s with the same name? Anyone else dealing with this?

    • Laura Y

      The claim should have the name plus the city of residence. Depending on the state, it may have the company name. You could try contacting them.

  11. hemaya

    Question if I have a different last name now what last name should I put in order to be able to claim?my maiden name or my last name now TIA

    • Lisa

      hemaya, I search all variations of my name, nicknames, maiden name, married name, and in all places I’ve lived. You just never know.

  12. Amber

    Also another tip, I had searched my boyfriends name before and he claimed the funds. I checked again using the first name “estate of ………..” and sure enough another came up that we otherwise would have missed.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for the tip!

  13. Katie

    I didn’t find any claims under my name but found one for my mom and two for my dad! I just let them know! How cool!

  14. Mblade

    Found $200 and $15! Thank you

  15. Amber

    Any comments I’ve place in response to someone else’s post have gone to other comments instead. This is the second time it has happened. Not only that but comments repeat twice even three times I see. My app is updated and I use an iPhone.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi, Amber! How recently did you update your app? And are you running iOs 13?

  16. Debbie

    Thank you found money in pennsylvania for my cousin, who could really use it, says over $100 – hopefully it’s a nice amount.. but hey $100 is a nice amount anything above that is a bonus

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Congrats on finding that for your cousin, Debbie!

  17. Cindy

    I’ve done these searches for myself as well as family members, for years. I once found a hefty sum for my aunt, who insisted on giving me a “finders fee”, because at 80 years old, she said she would never have found it on her own. LOL. I have another family member who won’t claim hers because she feels like it’s a scam. I assured her it’s a .gov, and is not a scam. Can’t do much to convince her.

  18. Vickie

    Found something in my mom’s husbands name for their house. They are both passed now and I sold the house last year, could be $5 or could be???? Trying to get all the estate documents together to mail it in and see

  19. Renee

    When you go to the DMV in Florida to renew your Driver’s License, they check to see if you have any unclaimed funds with the state. The DMV person informed me that I did. He gave me the website for the State of Florida’s unclaimed funds a claim number. Took about a month for me to receive the $30, but hey, the check did arrive in the mail.

  20. Carol

    Found $ for several family members – thank you very much!!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are so welcome!

  21. Jackie

    I just received a check for almost 700.00!!!! I also found money for my mom and dad!!!

    This is very valuable information. I wanted to say thanks a million!’

    • OCbutterfly99

      Is this real?

  22. OCbutterfly99

    Is this legit? Can you claim for your father has died? I know he paid into a life insurance policy for over 15 yrs. One day he got a message they moved or closed business and he never went to court over it. I also was told by my Mom right now these things are scams and they use your information when you search? Kinda scary, I just got postcard a few months back that said I am entitled to 5 thousand because of a breach at WWU. I was patient there. I never responded because worried its scam.

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