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Minnesota has lots of unclaimed finances

Minnesota's Unclaimed Property Program was created in 1969 to ensure that money that businesses owed to Minnesotans was held in the public interest and returned to the extent possible to Minnesota's consumers.

What are your chances of having $100 or more waiting for you?

One in 20 Minnesotans have unclaimed property, typically dormant bank accounts, un-cashed checks, unclaimed wages, safe deposit boxes, stocks, or insurance policies.

  It's easy.  It's your money. The State of Minnesota is here to help return your money to you. 

Go to or visit the Commerce Department's Unclaimed Property website.  It takes less than 30 seconds to check to see if you may be 1 of 20 Minnesotans who have missing money.  

  In the past two years, the Commerce Department has seen great improvement - collecting 8 percent more property and helping 7,200 consumers find and claim $18 million in 2012, a 13 percent increase including an overall increase in the total amount of money returned. 

In fiscal year 2013, Commerce is on pace to greatly exceed 2012's record of helping consumers, already reuniting over 10,000 Minnesotans with their money.

The Commerce Department increased the use of technology to reunite more Minnesota consumers with their rightfully owned property. 

  The success in helping Minnesotans is due to a comprehensive approach including: 1) implement technology and our website to help streamline reuniting consumers with their money, 2) help businesses and organizations who want to be in compliance understand the requirements of unclaimed property reporting in Minnesota, and 3) investigate noncompliance and change the reporting practices to ensure more consumer-friendly practices as well as compliance with the law.

The changes and work done by the Unclaimed Property staff have made an impact in the lives of thousands of Minnesotans.  The amount of time it takes to process some Unclaimed Property claims has been dramatically reduced from 90 days to 48 hours. 

A leader in the country, Minnesota is one of a handful of states that have rolled out "FastTrack," a software system that helps expedite the process for smaller claims. 

The state's online look-up tool,, was also enhanced to include behind-the-scene validation tools for certain claims that can substantially reduce the time it takes to return money to Minnesota consumers.