Evidence of Ownership Requirements
All claims require the following documentation:
- A notarized signature of the claimant on the attached Claim for Abandoned Property form. If more than one owner is listed, all owners are required to sign the claim form
- Property detail sheet must accompany the signed and notarized claim form.
- Photocopy of the claimant's Driver's License.Photocopy of the Original Owner's Social Security Card or other governmental document bearing the original owner's social security number. If someone other than the original owner files the claim, a copy of that person's social security card may be required.
If address field in the Property Detail section is blank or "Unknown", a letter from the holder company stating that you are (or the original owner is) the rightful owner to the property is required.
Additional documentation required, if applicable:
- If the claimant is acting as POWER OF ATTORNEY for the original owner or TRUSTEE of a trust, submit a notarized copy of the original Power of Attorney or Trust Agreement.
- If this claim is being made on behalf of a BUSINESS (Corporation, Limited Liability Company, General or Limited Partnership) the claimant acknowledges that he/she is authorized to act on behalf of said entity and that the entity continues to exist. The officer signing the claim form must include a copy of their company identification. If a company identification has not been issued, then include a copy of the signatory's driver's license.
- If the business is dissolved, submit a copy of the Certificate or Articles of dissolution.
- If the business was sold, merged or closed, submit a copy of the appropriate documentation to show the activity.
- If one or more of the ORIGINAL OWNERS is deceased,
- Photocopy of the Death Certificate(s).
- An orginal Probate Certificate which names the claimant(s) as appointed personal representative of the estate of said decedent. Such Probate Certificate shall not be issued more than six (6) months from date of execution of the claim form, unless certificate specifies otherwise.
- If the property type includes a negotiable instrument such as, but not limited to, a cashier's check money order, Treasurer's check or gift certificate / gift card, the original document must be submitted as proof of ownership.
- If the property was reported under two names and only one person comes forward due to divorce, include a copy of the divorce decree as proof of ownership.
- The state reserves the right to require a Bond of Indemnity to process any claim.
- If you are the Original Owner and your name differs from the name displayed in the Property Detail section, please provide documentation showing your name change (i.e. marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.).
- For Custodian Accounts please submit a copy of a long form birth certificate (showing parent's names). The birth certificate is required if the child is under the age of 21 at the time a claim is filed. If the child has attained the age of 21 they must claim the property directly. Individuals under the age of 18 are not permitted to execute the release and indemnification document.
OUR OFFICE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REQUEST ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, IF NEEDED.
IF YOU REQUIRE FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (800) 833-7318.
SECURITIES HELD BY THE STATE MAY HAVE BEEN SOLD AND YOU MAY RECEIVE CASH PROCEEDS IN LIEU OF SECURITIES.