Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
December 4, 2020
Looking to put a little jingle in your jeans this holiday season? The State of Floriida reminds residents of its unclaimed property program known as Florida Treasure Hunt. By visiting this website, you will learn how the Department of Financial Services offers you an opportunity to search unclaimed property for unexpected bonanzas.
News4Jax has reported that in the month of August alone, more than $39M has been reconnected with rightful owners. More than $1.5M went to Jacksonville residents and businesses.
Unclaimed Property is a financial asset that is unknown or lost, or has been left inactive, unclaimed or abandoned by its owner. Unclaimed Property assets are held by business or government entities (holders) for a set period of time, usually five years. If the holder is unable to locate, re-establish contact with the owner and return the asset, it is reported and remitted to the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Unclaimed Property.
The Department makes these accounts available in a searchable, interactive database, available free of charge, 24 hours a day, and allows claimants to initiate a claims process (with instructions) for accounts they believe they are entitled to claim.
Searching is easy and does not require you to include personal information such as a Social Security Number. The online form is pictured below.
There is no statute of limitations on unclaimed property in Florida. Account owners, or their heirs, can claim their funds indefinitely, free of charge.
For more information on this program and related unclaimed property information, visit the website: https://fltreasurehunt.gov/