Government Code Section 50050, et.seq. provides that unclaimed monies, which remain in the treasury or in the custody of the officers of a local agency for three (3) years, become the property of the agency. At the end of the three-year period, those items in excess of $15 are published as notification that the money will become the property of the agency if left unclaimed; items under $15 need not be published. For funds eligible for escheatment in 2014, claims must be submitted by September 8, 2014. After this date, money left unclaimed will become the property of the County and can no longer be claimed.
Review the following link to locate unclaimed monies that might be owed to yourself or your business:
If after reviewing the listing, you have determined that the County may have funds belonging to yourself or business, print the request for unclaimed monies form and follow the filing instructions provided below.
The County of San Diego has a duty to release funds only to the rightful payee. In this regard, we ask the payee to provide documentation to validate the claim to ensure that no one but the rightful payee can receive unclaimed monies. Payees may claim their monies directly from the County of San Diego without any service charges or fees.
Click here for the Unclaimed Monies Request Form.
On the request for unclaimed monies form the following fields must be filled in completely in order to process your claim:
- Warrant/Check No.
- Payee Full Name/Business Name
- Social Security No./Taxpayer I.D.
- Street Address
- Daytime Phone
- Claimant or Authorized Agent Signature
- Address of Residence previous 3 years
Also, if you are filing a claim for which there are multiple payees on the warrant/check, please note that each payee must sign the claim form and submit the required documentation.
In addition, your signature WILL need to be notarized if your claim exceeds $500.00.
You must also provide the following documentation to our office when filing your claim:
- A copy of current photo identification for each claimant
- Verification of address, if mailing address if different from original mailing address or photo identification
- Copy of current photo identification for the authorized agent signing the form
- Letter of authorization on company letterhead with the names of officers or officials with authority to sign and claim on behalf of the business
- If your company merged with another company, a copy of the merger agreement;
- If your company was dissolved, a copy of the articles of dissolution;
Mail the completed claim form and documents to the following address:
County of San Diego
Attn: Escheatment Processing
1600 Pacific Highway, Room 152
San Diego, CA 92101
When our office receives your completed claim form, we review it carefully. If the evidence is not adequate to prove your ownership, we will return all documents submitted with a letter stating why the claim is being denied. Please allow 4-6 weeks processing time.
Please call the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s toll free line at 877-829-4732 with any questions regarding unclaimed monies.