Texas unclaimed money totals have now exceeded $4 billion. One of the largest states with unclaimed property, Texas has a searchable database that lists the property ID along with the name the account is under. Also included is the address where the property was originally from as well as the holder name, property type, amount and year reported. The website also has a section to check the status of the claim. All you’ll need is the claim ID number and you can see the status in real time.
If you feel the property should have been there be sure to check this page of the website. Some properties won’t show up if:
- Your property is less than $25
- If no name was associated with claims, such as gift cards, cashier’s checks and money orders
- Your property is actually located in another state.
If you still feel your property should be showing up, they have a form you can fill out where someone from the Texas unclaimed money department will help with your search. You will need to provide your social security number in order to complete the form. Also be aware that Texas is different than most states in the fact they they charge a 1.5% handling fee for any claim above $100.
Like most states Texas also collects physical property and uses Ebay to auction it off periodically. Items in the ‘vault’ include $130,000 gold bar, gold coins from Mexico, a math book by Sir Issac Newton, and a framed lock of John Lennon’s hair.
Texas Unclaimed Money Includes Some Big Names
A quick search of some Texas sized celebrities shows that everyone is capable of having money unclaimed.
Mark Cuban / Tiffany Cuban
Billionaire and Shark Tank Investor Mark Cuban has two claims totaling $532. However his wife Tiffany has three claims totaling $577.
The former Cowboys quarterback has one claim from 2016 from Tiffany & Co. totaling $124.49.
The Dallas Stars’ forward has the largest celebrity claim we found. His total is $5997.16 from 2019. Unfortunately the holder is undisclosed so we will have to imagine why he is owed the nearly $6K.
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Unclaimed Property Division
Research and Correspondence Section
P.O. Box 12046
Austin, Texas 78711-2046
Phone: 1-800-654-FIND (3463)
(512) 463-3120 (direct in Austin)
Website: Texas State Page