Searching for unclaimed money FAQ

Can Credit Karma help me find unclaimed money?

What's unclaimed money?

How does it work?

Where does the unclaimed money come from?

If I have money, how do I get it?

Can I try searching for my friend's or family's unclaimed money?

Is this feature available in every state?

How long does it take to get my money?

Is there a fee to get my money?

Do I have a time limit to claim my money?

 

Can Credit Karma help me find unclaimed money?

Yes! There’s more than $40 billion sitting with state governments and some of it could be yours. We can help you find out if you have any unclaimed money with state governments and get it to you -- free of charge. 

What's unclaimed money?

If a bank or company owes you money, the state might hold onto it as unclaimed money (also known as unclaimed property). This can happen if there’s been no activity on an account for a certain period of time, or if a business hasn’t been able to return money to you.

Examples of unclaimed money might be:

  • A check you forgot to cash
  • Money left in an inactive bank account 
  • A rebate check mailed to an old address

How does it work?

When a business owes you money but can’t send it to you, they may turn it over to the state. Each state holds onto that money and keeps a detailed list of who it belongs to.  If some of that money is yours, you can file a claim to get it back into your pocket.

Where does the unclaimed money come from?

It's easy to forget about some money that's owed to you. Like that deposit you paid to the electric company, some leftover dough in a closed bank account, or a rebate check you didn’t cash. 

If I have money, how do I get it?

Each state has its own rules -- in some states you can file a claim online, and in other states you have to submit your claim by mail. Either way, you’ll  have to provide some info to prove that the money really belongs to you. 

Can I try searching for my friend's or family's unclaimed money?

Yes! Try searching for friends and family. You can also see if someone left money for you in a will or inheritance. 

Is this feature available in every state?

Right now, we regularly check for our members’ money in  California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and South Carolina, but we’re expanding all the time.

How long does it take to get my money?

Each state is different. Some states process a claim in 2 weeks, others take up to 6 months from the date you filed your claim. After filing, you may be able to check the status with the state online. 

Is there a fee?

No, you don’t have to pay a fee to claim your money.

Do I have a time limit to claim my money?

You can file a claim anytime after it’s been reported to the state.

Still have questions? Contact us.
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