About Unclaimed Property

Alaska's Unclaimed Property Act (AS 34.45) requires businesses (profit and non-profit) and governmental agencies to file unclaimed property reports with the State of Alaska Department of Revenue. The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators' (NAUPA) website contains information about each state's unclaimed property laws as well as a listing of states that have searchable databases.

For further information regarding reporting unclaimed property, visit our reporting unclaimed property webpage.

Defining Unclaimed Property

Unclaimed property is any intangible amount owed or held by an organization that remains unpaid, uncashed or has no evidence of positive owner activity for an extended period of time. Most property is considered abandoned after three years. A complete listing of property types and dormancy periods are detailed in the following document:
Property Codes and Dormancy Periods

Abandoned property is turned over to the State of Alaska Department of Revenue from many sources throughout the United States, including, but not limited to, associations, banks, churches, clubs, communities, corporations, credit unions, insurance companies, financial institutions, governmental entities, restaurants, retailers, and utilities.

Unclaimed property includes:

  • Bank accounts
  • Uncashed checks
    • E.g. payroll, insurance payments, or travelers checks
  • Utility and/or phone company deposits
  • Safe deposit box contents
  • Insurance proceeds
  • Stocks, bonds and mutual funds
  • Gift certificates and gift cards

Unclaimed property does not include:

  • Overpaid contributions by employers to the unemployment compensation fund
  • Real estate
  • Vehicles
  • Most tangible property

Searching for Unclaimed Property

The State of Alaska does not charge for the return of unclaimed property. It is very easy to search for unclaimed property for yourself, family, and friends.

If you have been contacted by a fee finder, try to locate your property on your own before signing a contract. A fee finder service is not needed to claim your property.

The following lists some methods to search for unclaimed property:

  • Search the only legitimate free website for unclaimed property at www.missingmoney.com
    • If you are asked to pay a fee to search for unclaimed property, you are at the wrong website
  • Contact unclaimed property offices in the states where you have lived
  • Review old tax records and personal files for accounts you may forgotten
    • Stocks, mutual funds, and other long-term investments are often reported as unclaimed property