Navigate to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, or NAUPA, website to access links for conducting your unclaimed money search. The NAUPA website serves as a central unclaimed property location for state program administrators and for property seekers.
Begin your search for unclaimed money by visiting the MissingMoney website, which NAUPA endorses and recommends as a starting point for your search. Use the link on the NAUPA website or type the address in a search window. Not all states participate in the MissingMoney website. In 2012, 14 states — including California, Hawaii and Maryland — were not participants.
Enter in the blue search box near the top of the MissingMoney website home page your first name, last name and the state in which you live or for which you would like to conduct a search. Click "GO." Unclaimed property laws require businesses to send funds from forgotten accounts to the last known state in which the owner resided.
Review the search results, which may include several exact or similar names from all MissingMoney participating states. The results include the owner name, the state the property is held in, the last known address of the owner, the name of the reporter if disclosed and the amount of the funds listed as more or less than $50 or $100.
Click on the results that seem like good matches and review the information. Follow the instructions if you find a match. Some states require you to visit their official unclaimed property website to complete a claim form.
Conduct a search of all MissingMoney states while on the results page by clicking in the blue search box to select "search all states and provinces" in the "State/Province" drop-down window. Alternatively, select participating states to search one at a time.
Search the unclaimed property databases of the states that do not participate in MissingMoney by clicking on the states in the map provided by MissingMoney on its website and following the search procedures. The U.S. map on the "States and Provincial Contact Information & Websites" page shows the non-participant states in gray. Alternatively, search non-participant states by clicking on the state links on the NAUPA website page, "Start Your Free Search for Money that Might be Due You."