Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel

Frequently Asked Questions About Unclaimed Property
What is Unclaimed Property?
How does the state get the property?
Do I have Unclaimed Property?
How do I claim my property?
How long do I have to file a claim?
How long does it take?
How do I check for Unclaimed Property in other states?
How do I verify the legitimacy of any information or inquiries that I receive about Unclaimed Property?
What is Unclaimed Property?

Unclaimed Property consists of cash from bank accounts, stocks, bonds and contents of safe deposit boxes that have been abandoned. Abandoned property is defined as property for which there have been no documented transactions or contact with the owners in five or more years. Other types of Unclaimed Property include uncollected insurance policy proceeds, government refunds, utility deposits and wages from past jobs. Unclaimed Property does not handle real property such as land, houses, cars and boats.

  
How does the state get the property?

State law requires financial institutions, insurance companies, public agencies and businesses to turn over Unclaimed Property to Treasurer Zweifel's office if they have had no contact with the owners for five or more years. Unclaimed Property holds cash property in trust forever. Occasionally, Treasurer Zweifel's office is required by law to auction abandoned non-monetary assets of value (jewelry, coins, etc.) from safe deposit boxes, and records the proceeds from their sale in the owner's names so they or their heirs can claim the proceeds. Proceeds, as well as any other Unclaimed Property, are held forever until claimed by the original owner or heir.

As of August 28, 2010, no military medal or honor held by Unclaimed Property will be auctioned or sold.

  
Do I have Unclaimed Property?

The fastest and most efficient way to check to see if you have Unclaimed Property is to search Treasurer Zweifel's database at www.ShowMeMoney.com. Or you can write to:

 

Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel
Unclaimed Property
PO Box 1004
Jefferson City, MO 65102

 

When writing, include a list of owner names, addresses and previous addresses, if known. We will let you know if the names are associated with any Unclaimed Property in the custody of Treasurer Zweifel's office. To recover Unclaimed Property, claimants must be either the original owner of the property or a legal heir if the original owner is deceased.

  
How do I claim my property?

Nearly 65% of all individuals with Unclaimed Property can file a paperless claim www.ShowMeMoney.com. Or, if you write to us, we will send you a claim form with instructions regarding the necessary documentation to establish rightful ownership in order to claim the property. Claims processing is a public service provided by Treasurer Zweifel at no cost to the owner.

  
How long do I have to file a claim?

There is no time limit for filing claims. Treasurer Zweifel maintains Unclaimed Property in trust for the rightful owners forever. If the property was reported to Treasurer Zweifel as an interest-bearing account, Treasurer Zweifel will even pay the owner up to seven years interest on the cash property.

  
How long does it take?

Our goal is to expedite all claims and return property to the rightful owners as quickly as possible. Unclaimed Property offers assistance to claimants to avoid unnecessary delays in documentation and payment of unclaimed assets. All services are provided free of charge by Treasurer Zweifel.

  
How do I check for Unclaimed Property in other states?

All states have an Unclaimed Property program. If you would like more information about other sites, please visit the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators.

  
How do I verify the legitimacy of any information or inquiries that I receive about Unclaimed Property?

Unclaimed Property is managed by State Treasurer Clint Zweifel. He is focused on reuniting owners with their lost assets. All employees handling Unclaimed Property work for Treasurer Zweifel and the State of Missouri.

 

Address for claimants:
Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel
Unclaimed Property
PO Box 1004
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1004
 
Address for holders reporting Unclaimed Property:
Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel
Unclaimed Property
PO Box 1272
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1272