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Reclaiming Your Property

How do I find out if I have unclaimed property?

On this Web site, click on "Search Unclaimed Property"; follow the directions and provide all requested information. If you prefer to call or write, you need to provide the owner's name, all previous and current Texas addresses, and a taxpayer identification number or social security number. If a search of our database results in any matches between the information you provide and data reported to us, possible ownership is indicated and we will mail a claim form to you.

How does the claim process work?

The claim form includes instructions for its completion and describes documentation needed in addition to the form. All claim types have general requirements such as:

  • copies of standard forms of identification for the owner and for the claimant, if someone other than the original owner is claiming
    (NOTE: the Comptroller's office cannot mail back original documents; please send copies only.)
  • verification of the reported address if different than the current address
  • death certificate and probated will or other heirship documents if the original owner is deceased
  • specific documentation according to the type of property such as a bank statement, insurance policy, the original uncashed check, etc.

Please complete, sign and return the claim form with a copy of your identification even if you are unable to provide all requested documents. In some cases we are able to determine ownership based on the available information you are able to provide.

When we receive your completed claim form, we review it carefully. If there is not sufficient proof of ownership, we may contact you or the reporting institution for further information. We generally process and pay claims within 3 to 4 months of receipt. Claims that involve minerals, stocks, estates or other complex issues may take longer.

Is there a charge for this service?

There is no charge for the inquiry process. If your claim is approved, a handling fee is deducted from the amount returned to you. For claims of $100 or more, the fee is 1.5 percent. Claims less than $100 are not assessed a fee.

What is the maximum fee that can be charged by a search firm?

Texas law limits the fee charged by all search firms or private investigators that assist owners in locating and claiming abandoned property to no more than 10 percent of the amount recovered.

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