Idaho State Treasurer's Office
Unclaimed Property
Unclaimed Property

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is unclaimed property?
  • How does property become unclaimed?
  • Does unclaimed property include real estate, boats, or cars?
  • Does unclaimed property include items left in rental storage units and vacant apartments?
  • What does the State of Idaho do with the unclaimed property?

Claimant Information

  • How long do I have to claim my property?
  • Who is able to claim the abandoned or unclaimed property for a deceased relative?
  • What type of documentation must be provided to claim a deceased owner’s property?
  • What if my name has changed?
  • What if my address has changed?
  • What if there are two or more names reported as owners for the property?
  • How long will it take the State of Idaho to process my claim and return my property?

Business/Holder Information

  • Under what circumstances is unclaimed property reported to the state?
  • Where is unclaimed property reported?
  • What are businesses required to do to locate the rightful owner?
  • Are businesses required to send "Due Diligence Letters" by certified mail?
  • When the statements or notices that I send are not returned by the post office, doesn’t this prove that the owner is aware of their property?
  • How can holders of unclaimed property prove that property has not been abandoned?
  • What is the deadline for filing unclaimed property reports?
  • Can a Holder request an extension?
  • Is a business required to file a report each year even if there is nothing to report?
  • Is a business required to report property with a value of $50 or less?
  • Can a business turn over unclaimed property to the State of Idaho early?
  • Can a business request reimbursement from the State of Idaho for property already reported?
  • Does the State of Idaho charge interest or penalties for not reporting unclaimed property?

Heir Finder / Fee Finder

  • What is an heir finder?
  • Are there any special rules in Idaho’s Unclaimed Property Law that apply to heir finders?
  • What should I do if someone offers to help locate my unclaimed property for a fee?
  • Is there a limit to the amount or percentage that an heir finder can charge for their services?
  • Does the State of Idaho sell the unclaimed property list?