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Unclaimed Checks

General Information


Welcome to the City of Santa Cruz’s website for unclaimed City checks. The City of Santa Cruz follows Government Code Section 50050, et.seq., which provides that unclaimed monies for items in excess of $15, which remain in the treasury or in the custody of the officers of a local agency for three (3) years, become the property of the agency. 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 agency after a designated date if it is left unclaimed. Items under $15 need not be published and become the property of the agency after (1) one year. Escheatment to the general fund occurs if a verified claim is not filed by the designated date, forty-five days after the date of first publication. After this date, money left unclaimed will become the property of the City and can no longer be claimed.

Request for Release of Unclaimed Property 

The City of Santa Cruz has a duty to release funds only to the rightful payee. Please be sure to include all required information with your claim request. Failure to include the required documentation may result in that claim being denied and returned to the sender. As a result, claimants are requested to provide as much information as possible in order to expedite the review process

If for any reason you can not provide the requested documentation, please attach a letter explaining why you are entitled to the unclaimed check and identify any special circumstances that may apply to your claim.

Please note that it may take up to 90 days to process your claim, and if approved, approximately 30 additional days for you to receive payment. This process may take longer under certain circumstances.

Last updated: 4/14/2014 8:46:58 AM