Unclaimed Funds

Unclaimed Funds are derived from intangible personal property that the state holds for the rightful owner after it has been unclaimed over a period of time. The following are just a few sources of unclaimed funds:

State of Ohio Unclaimed Funds

Inactive Savings and Checking Accounts
Uncashed Checks
Undelivered Stock Shares and Uncashed Dividend Checks
Uncashed Insurance Benefits
Forgotten Rent and Utility Deposits
Intangible Safe Deposit Box Contents

Common Questions

Ohio Revised Code Section~l69 states that property becomes unclaimed when, over a period of years, the owner cannot be located by the holder of the Funds. The time frame varies depending on the property -but in most cases is five years. The funds are then turned over to the State for safekeeping.

The Division of Unclaimed Funds annually published the names of unclaimed fund users in newspapers in all of Ohio’s 88 counties. The Division actively seeks to find unclaimed fund owners by giving individuals an opportunity to check their names at the state and county fairs, shopping malls and other events. In addition, various activities are planned to let people know they may have funds waiting for them. An owner then writes to Unclaimed Funds giving their full name and address. The Division will check the name against the owner list. If they are listed they are sent a claim form. Owners then fill out the claim form and return it to the Division with the proper documentation to establish ownership and allow payment.

No, the funds are held until the rightful owners claim them.

State of Ohio Unclaimed Funds

Write to: 
State of Ohio
Department of Commerce
Division of Unclaimed Funds
77 S. High Street
Columbus, OH 43264-0545

Allen County Unclaimed Funds

Write to:
Allen County Auditor
Unclaimed Funds Division
301 N. Main St Ste 106
Lima, OH 45801-4434
(419) 228-3700 Ext. 8799

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