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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

Claims on Behalf of Another Person


You can submit claims as a parent, custodian, guardian, conservator, trustee, power of attorney or legal representative on behalf of another person by mail.

  • Enter the name of person you're claiming for in the Search for Individual box on our Search for Lost Money page.
  • Select the item you wish to claim from your search results.
  • Generate a claim form by completing the information requested on the Mail Claim Form page.
  • Print the form.
  • Attach Proof of Address or Ownership connecting the owner to the address or funds.
  • Provide the following documents as they apply:
    • Court documents or other signed legal document giving you authority to act on the owner's behalf.
    • Affidavit from the Power of Attorney that the grantor is living and the power of attorney remains in full force and effect.
    • Copy of the child's birth certificate (if under age 18).
  • Sign the form and have your signature notarized by a licensed notary public.
  • Mail to:
    Office of the State Comptroller
    Office of Unclaimed Funds
    110 State Street
    Albany, New York 12236

Joint Accounts or Multiple Owner Accounts

You can submit claims for joint accounts or multiple owner accounts by mail.

  • Enter the name of person you're claiming for in the Search for Individual box on our Search for Lost Money page.
  • Select the item you wish to claim from your search results, then complete the Mail Claim Form.
  • One of the owners can submit a claim.
  • If there is a death, divorce or other type of change associated with the account, also supply supporting documents.
  • Sign the form and have your signature notarized by a licensed notary public.
  • Mail to:
    Office of the State Comptroller
    Office of Unclaimed Funds
    110 State Street
    Albany, New York 12236

When you get your check, please cash it as soon as possible. You have until December 31 of the following calendar year to cash it. For example, a check issued on March 1, 2014, may be cashed until December 31, 2015. If you don't cash your check, it will be reported as unclaimed funds and you'll have to file a new claim.