Free money! Okay, now that we have your attention, let’s get real. There could be some unclaimed money out there that is owed to you by the government. But unless you actively go in search of it, you’re not going to get it.
There are billions of dollars just waiting to be claimed and we have created a huge guide to unclaimed money in all American states to help you get what is owed to you. If your state is not yet on the list, don’t worry, we have most of them down so far and we’re adding more all of the time.
What is Unclaimed Money?
It is the accumulation of interest payments, forgotten bank accounts and pretty much all other funds that were owed to you at a time when you couldn’t be found. When this happens, the organizations with the cash hand it over to the state and from there it just lies in wait until you claim it.
If you have ever moved state or county then there may be a financial windfall awaiting you. So let’s find out how you can track it down. The basic principle of getting unclaimed money is similar across the US, but there are slight differences state-by-state and they all use different sites.
Free Unclaimed Money and Property Websites
What follows is a list of official websites (free to use) in each state. These are all government sites and none will charge you to make a search or require any sensitive personal information or financial information. There is no credit check, no harm to your credit score.
If you end up on a site that asks for any information like this and does not have a .GOV extension, caution is advised. If they ask for money or financial details, avoid them.
There are 4.7 million people living in Alabama, and a small percentage of these have been paid over $125 million in the five years prior to publishing this guide. Most of these payments were in the thousands of dollars, enough to give anyone from the Heart of Dixie a windfall to make their day.
To find out if you have any funds waiting for you in Alabama, visit the Unclaimed Property Division of the Office of State Treasurer.
It may have a relatively small population compared to the rest of the country, but that hasn’t stopped the local Alaskan authorities from accumulating hundreds of millions of dollars worth of assets, with everything from bank accounts to safety deposit boxes going unclaimed or ignored.
See if you qualify for a share by visiting the Alaska Department of Revenue.
Arizona’s Unclaimed Property Department makes it very easy for you to check and see if you are owed anything.
Using this link you can input your name and social security number and find out if there is any mony owed to you by the state.
California has one of the biggest unclaimed funds in the US and if you have ever resided in this state then some of it could be yours. In any case, it’s well worth checking out. You never know.
Use the Unclaimed Property Search to find out.
The state of Colorado have paid back over $400 million in unclaimed cash, get your share by visiting this official link: unclaimed money in CO.
There are some detailed reports on unclaimed money in CT and it’s quite astonishing to see just how much they are holding. At the time of writing, there are 9 unclaimed owners of more than half a million dollars, with nearly 600,000 owners of between $100 and $500, and 10,000 owners of an amount greater than $10,000.
It just takes a few seconds to search and you can do so on this site: unclaimed money in CT.
There is over $1 billion dollars currently being held by the Florida Unclaimed Property Department. That’s a staggering amount of money and one that is spread across tens of thousand of owners. It you think a share of it could be yours then click the link and search today.
The Georgia Department of Revenue will tell you whether you are owed any money by the state.
You can use this page created by the Department of Budget and Finance to run a simple search and see if there is any unclaimed money waiting for you.
Visit the Comptroller of Maryland to see if any of the $1 billion+ they are sitting on is owed to you.
Unclaimed money in MA accounts for more than $2 billion. You can see if any of this is yours by searching on the Unclaimed Property page of the Mass.gov website.
A simple search on the Michigan Department of Treasury will tell you if you are owed any money by this state.
This is the official Nevada State Treasury website and you can use it to search for your share of over $800 million. In 2017, only $37 million was returned, which still leaves a sizable portion left to be claimed.
They say that whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. If that includes opening bank accounts and safety deposit boxes, maybe that’s why the state is sitting on such a significant amount!
Click onto the New Hampshire State Treasury page to see if you can collect on your share of hundreds of millions of dollars currently being held by them. Make sure you search for relatives as well, as you only need some basic information to do so and you could be delivering the best news they’ve had all year!
There is an official page for the New Jersey Treasury Department, but when you try to search for any money that is owed to you, they direct you to the following page. This is where you need to be to search for unclaimed funds in New Jersey, but you will still be claiming it from the state of NJ.
At the time of writing we’re only halfway through 2018, yet already the state of New York has returned $173 million in unclaimed funds. According to their official site, where you can search for any money owed to you, there is over $15 billion left to collect and more than $1 million being claimed every day.
There is a huge amount of money sitting in the PA treasury, just waiting to be claimed. In fact, at more than $3.2 billion, there is a greater amount here than in Texas and Nevada combined, so citizens of PA need to get their fingers out and start making some claims.
To stake your own claim on a portion of that huge figure, visit the PA Treasury and run a search using your name and location.
Rhode Island may not be sitting on as much money as most other American states, but with nearly $300 million waiting to be claimed, it’s still a huge amount. The local authorities estimate that a fifth of all Rhode Islanders have unclaimed property of some kind, with more than $12 million returned in 2017 following over 10,000 claims.
You can make your own claim by visiting the Office of the General Treasurer.
To make a claim on money held by the state of Texas, use this link, which is managed by the Texas Unclaimed Property department. They are currently sitting on over $2 billion and some of that could be yours.
There is an official government page dealing with searches for unclaimed money in UT, click this link to be taken there and to search for money owed to you.
The state of Virginia is sitting on hundreds of millions and deals with all claims via this link on their Treasury page.
The following secure portal can be used to search for unclaimed property in WA. You just need a name and you’re good to go.