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North Dakota Unclaimed Property Division

Since 1975, the North Dakota Unclaimed Property Division has worked to reunite individuals with property that they have misplaced or lost.

"Property" in this case does not mean land, but consists of uncashed checks, unused bank accounts, and other property such as stocks and bonds that has not been claimed by the owner for a specified period of time (generally two to five years). In some cases the property was missed in the probate of an estate, or it may have simply been forgotten by the owner.

The division acts as custodian of these unclaimed funds from banks, insurance companies, hospitals, utilities, retailers, local governments, and other entities.

Once a year, any business operating in the State of North Dakota is required to check its accounting records for dormant accounts, outstanding checks, credit balances, unclaimed securities, etc. Once the property is identified, the business owner needs to notify the property owner at the last-known address to give them an opportunity to recover the property. If the contact attempt is unsuccessful or the owner doesn't respond, the business owner must turn the property over to the Unclaimed Property Division. (For more information regarding deadlines, dormancy periods, and other reporting requirements for businesses, go to Reporting Instructions for Businesses). If you have nothing to report, we recommend filing a negative report, either via the website or on diskette or CD Rom in NAUPA format. Negative reports help establish a solid reporting history for your business in years when you don't have any property to remit.

Once the money is reported to this division, efforts are made to "reunite" the property with its owner in the following ways:

  • Maintaining fee free searchable websites that can be searched by name and/or by city.
  • Advertising once a year in every newspaper in the State.
  • Publishing names once a year in each official county paper in the State.
  • Displaying a list of owners at premier North Dakota trade shows, such as the State Fair in Minot.
  • Doing radio and television public service announcements and interviews.
  • Producing direct mailings to last known address on selected properties.

The State guarantees that this money will be held forever for the rightful owner or the owner's heirs.

All citizens of North Dakota benefit from property that remains unclaimed, since this money is used to help fund public schools (grades K-12) throughout the state. Currently, approximately $50 million remains unclaimed.



We have been made aware of an Unclaimed Property fraud scheme taking place a national level. A letter is being sent using the NAUPA (National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators) letterhead promising to return money from an unclaimed sweepstakes prize. They are asking for money to be able to move forward with the payment process. They may utilize other fraud tactics to change the appearance of this scheme. For more information, please visit the NAUPA website.

If you receive one of these letters please do not respond to it. Instead, please notify our office by calling 701-328-2800 or contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division at 800-472-2600.

1707 North 9th Street | PO Box 5523 | Bismarck, ND 58506-5523 | Telephone: (701)328-2800 | Fax: (701)328-3650