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Oregon Unclaimed Property
Unclaimed Property Program Outreach
The Unclaimed Property Section manages programs relating to unclaimed property, mostly lost financial assets. Staff members audit businesses and organizations for compliance with state unclaimed property laws, and process claims for rightful owners. The goal of the section is to reunite as many people as possible with their money or possessions.
 
Property becomes unclaimed if the owner can´t be contacted by the holder of the asset within a specified period of time. Examples of unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, uncashed payroll or dividend checks, and safe deposit box contents.
 
Unclaimed money is held in trust in the Common School Fund forever for claim. The fund's interest earnings benefit K-12 public schools through biannual distributions to Oregon's 197 school districts.
 
Every November, the Unclaimed Property Section receives and processes property for thousands of individuals and businesses whose unclaimed property has been delivered to the Department of State Lands. The value of this property exceeds $40 million annually.
 
Names are continually added to the unclaimed property database, so check this site for your name regularly.
 
To determine if the Department is holding funds for you, search for your name here. If you find your name, please print out an inquiry form, fill it out and mail it to the Department at the address on the form.
 
Due to heavy demands on our few staff, please allow 30 to 120 days for a response.
 
Most accounts on the Internet have a value of $100 or less and are updated monthly. The "lost" asset is not land.
 
If you moved to Oregon from another state and think you may have left unclaimed property there, visit the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) website, which has links to other states' unclaimed property program websites.
 
Also, you may want to check the Oregon Department of Revenue website to see if they are holding an unclaimed refund check in your name.
 
DSL sells contents of safe deposit boxes at annual oral public auctions.
 
A recorded message about Oregon's Unclaimed Property Program can be accessed at 503-986-5293.