California Government Code sections 50050 et seq. provides that warrants/checks that remain unclaimed for three (3) years may be transferred (escheated) to the county general fund on order of the board of supervisors. At the end of the three-year period, those items in excess of $15 must be published as notification that the money will become the property of the County after a designated date if it is left unclaimed. Escheatment to the general fund occurs if a verified claim is not filed by the designated date forty-five days after the date of publication. After this date, money left unclaimed will become the property of the county and can no longer be claimed.
There are three easy steps to claim your unclaimed money.
Click on the warrant list(s) below to determine whether you have an unclaimed warrant.
Fill out the Unclaimed Money Claim Form.
After completing and signing the Unclaimed Money Claim Form, send the form, and documentation to:
Santa Cruz County Auditor-Controller’s Office
ATTN: Audit Division/Unclaimed Warrants
701 Ocean Street, Room 100
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
If additional assistance is needed, please call 831-454-2500.