Did you finally find your name in the unclaimed assets search results? Now it’s confirmed your unclaimed payroll and wages are waiting to be claimed by you! Now, it’s time for you to file a claim and finally receive the cash.
However, the government is holding onto your money for you. And, there are plenty of people out there who are always trying to access these funds. So, the government requires you to go through a process of filing a claim, so they can ensure they are not sending the money to the wrong person.
The process of filing a claim, however, is easy! Each state has their own unique process, so depending on which state you live in, what you have to do to claim your money might differ. However, every state follows the same typical guidelines. Below, read the basic steps that each state requires of claimants before they can receive their cash.
First, you should gather your documents. Every state requires at least some of these documents, if not all, as evidence that you are the real owner of the unclaimed money. So, before you do anything else, the first thing you should do is make sure you have these personal documents available:
- Personal Identification: Driver’s License, Passport, State ID Card, etc.
- Social Security Card
- W-2 or other tax forms
- Pay-stubs from past work (Depending on the state, does not necessarily have to be from the employer whose paycheck you are trying to claim).
- Bank Statements
Once you have these documents handy, you are ready to move onto the next step. The next step is to file a claim.
Filing a claim is typically easy, though each state has their own claims department and so the process might be different in each state. But, every state has an unclaimed assets department. By going to their website, you can find where to make your claim.
Claims often require you to provide personal information that will verify that your are the rightful owner of the unclaimed money. By attaching the documentation you put together in Step 1 as well, the government can verify that all your information is correct.
Some states allow you to file a claim online. So, you would need digital copies of your documents to attach to the online claim before you submit it. Other states might allow you to mail your claim forms and documents via the post. Or, you might be able to file your claim in person.
The last step is to receive your money. Once your state government has received your claim and reviewed it, if you are approved, they will send your money to you. Typically, you will receive your money in 30 to 180 days.