How to get unclaimed money from the state in Columbus, Ohio


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$2.4 billion. That’s how much unclaimed money Ohio’s Department of Commerce Division of Unclaimed Funds has waiting to be returned to Ohio residents. Even better, it takes but a second to check whether you have any unclaimed property and are owed some cash — and just a few more minutes to claim what’s yours.

Anyone with a last-known address in Ohio may have unclaimed money that the state is holding. It could be an old utility deposit you forgot about or an old payroll check that didn’t make it to an address before you moved.

If a company tries to send the money but it doesn’t make it to the rightful owner, that money goes to the Department of Commerce Division of Unclaimed Funds. If that person has died, the appropriate family member can claim it. There is no time limit for residents to make claims.

Do you have any unclaimed money? Here’s how to start your treasure hunt:

  • Click here for the unclaimed money search 💰
  • Enter your business name or first + last name in the “start your search” box. You also have the option of adding in more details with an “advanced search,” by entering the state and city.
  • Click the “Search” button once you’ve entered all the appropriate information and you’ll be prompted to another page with names + addresses.
  • Search the list of names to see if your name is there, along with a familiar address. If it is, click the claim button on the left side.
  • Once you have selected all the options with your name and address select view your unclaimed property at the bottom of the screen.
  • There’s a short form that asks you for your social security number, along with a bit more basic information. 🕵️
  • Type that info in to make your claim and voilà, information on how much money you may be owed will appear.
  • From there, state officials go through a due diligence process to make sure the right person is claiming the money. Claims can take several weeks to process. ⌚
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