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Unclaimed Property

In order to keep our customers and staff safe during the Coronavirus outbreak, the District of Columbia Unclaimed Property Office will be operating remotely from 3/16/2020 through 04/27/2020.

Although we are operating remotely, the Unclaimed Property operations are functioning! You can reach us either by phone at (202) 442-8181 or through email at [email protected].

  • Claimants must submit claims through the Web Portal for processing. Claims that are mailed will be handled once the office is operating under normal circumstances.
  • Holders must file their reports through the Web Portal. Requests for extensions should be emailed to: [email protected].

In an effort to continue to provide excellent customer service, the District of Columbia’s Unclaimed Property Office has initiated a "Fast Track" program to expedite the issue of refunds on small value claims. If you have received correspondence and a check from our office, you may have been selected for the District of Columbia Fast Track program.

If you need additional information, please contact our office, either by phone at (202) 442-8181 or by email at [email protected]

We would also appreciate customers completing our Customer Service survey.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to operate under these unusual circumstances.

Click here for the DC Unclaimed Property website

Unclaimed property consists of money and other personal assets that are considered lost or abandoned when an owner cannot be located after a specified period of time. These assets can include checking accounts, certificates of deposit, customer deposits and over-payments, gift certificates, paid-up life insurance policies, unpaid wages, commissions, uncashed checks, death benefits, dividends, insurance payments, money orders, refunds, savings accounts, stocks, and proceeds of safe deposit box auctions.

After the property holders attempt to locate the owners, the Office of Finance and Treasury's Unclaimed Property Unit collects the assets. It then attempts to find current and former residents to help them claim the assets held in custody for them by the District.

The Office of Finance and Treasury's Unclaimed Property Unit attempts to locate the owners through newspaper advertising, news media campaigns, and a free online search service.

The owners or their legitimate heirs can claim the funds at any time; there is no statute of limitations. You may also conduct a nationwide search using the NAUPA and MissingMoney websites.

Finders

The District of Columbia does not charge a fee for returning property. Signing an agreement to have someone assist you in recovering unclaimed property may entail the payment of substantial fees. If you believe you have property, call Unclaimed Property at 202-442-8181 or review the website. This process may save you fees that a third-party vendor may charge.

The Unclaimed Property Unit can be reached by phone at (202) 442-8181 or via email.

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