California's Unclaimed Property Program

Did you know the State currently holds over $8 billion in unclaimed property belonging to more than 32 million individuals and organizations throughout California?

The Unclaimed Property Program was enacted to reunite lost and abandoned private property with the rightful owner or heirs. The law prevents businesses from keeping your money or using it as business income.

Businesses are required to turn private property over to the State Controller’s Office if there has been no contact from the property owner for three years.

Examples of unclaimed property include:

  • bank accounts, safe deposit boxes
  • uncashed checks or money orders 
  • matured or terminated insurance policies
  • stocks, bonds, mutual funds,  dividends
  • certificates of deposit

The law does NOT include real estate.

There is no deadline to claim property. You can search the database for free by following these steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Click “search our Unclaimed Property Database” near the end of the homepage.
  3. Enter your information and click “Search.”
  4. Browse the returned names to see if you or a family member is listed.
  5. If you suspect that a name is a match, click on the ID Number and review the property information.
  6. If the item looks like it is yours, click “Claim This Property” and continue to follow the instructions.

Need assistance? Watch for our office hours around the 23rd Senate District! For upcoming events, see the listing of Events on the left side of this page.

If you have further questions, you can also contact our District Office at (909) 919-7731.