Claim Forms & Instructions

  1. How can I submit a claim for property?
  2. How do I request a claim form?
  3. Who is the claimant?
  4. What are the relationship types for property owners?
  5. Why hasn't my claim form been processed yet?
  6. Where do I send my claim form and additional documents?
  7. Why is my claim refund coming from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue?
  8. What is my relationship to the property being claimed?
  9. I do not have all of the required documents to submit with my claim. What should I do?
  10. Why am I being asked to provide additional information after I've submitted my claim?

  1. How can I submit a claim for property?

    You must complete your claim through our website to expedite processing of your claim.

    To fill out your claim on our website, begin your search through our Wisconsin's Unclaimed Property database.

    Any property you find during the search can be added to your claim. Please follow the instructions and filing tips provided. To expedite the processing of your claim, please provide all of the information requested during the claims process. You have the option to save your claim and finish it later, if needed.

    Once you submit your claim, you will see a confirmation screen. Be sure to click on the "Printable View" button as this produces a copy of your claim in .pdf format. The claim document includes important information that you should print or save for your files, such as the claim confirmation number and property being claimed. If additional documents are required, the claim document also provides an attachment inventory that tells you what you must submit. To ensure timely processing of your claim, you must include the Attachment Inventory page with any additional documents mailed to the department.

    If you are unable to complete your claim via our website, you may also call us at 608–264–4594 to have a claim generated and mailed to you.

  2. How do I request a claim form?

    You can search and print a claim form right from our website. Click the logo on the homepage and search Wisconsin's Unclaimed Property database. You can also request a claim form by contacting us at (608) 264–4594.

  3. Who is the claimant?

    The claimant is the individual claiming the property, whether for themselves or as an heir to the owner identified on the property.

  4. What are the relationship types for property owners?

    If your name appears on the property record for the property you are claiming, then you are the reported owner. This is the most common relationship type. All of the possible relationship types and definitions are listed below.

    Business – your business is the owner of the property and your business name appears on the property record and your business has all rights to the ownership of the property.

    Creditor – you received a judgment from a court allowing you to claim the property of the listed owner.

    Government – your government agency is listed as the owner of unclaimed property or your government agency is making a claim against their debtor's unclaimed property.

    Guardian – you have been appointed by a judge to take care of a minor child (called a "ward") or incompetent adult personally and/or manage that person's affairs who has unclaimed property.

    Heir – you are entitled through a legal determination to receive property of a deceased person either by will or under the laws of descent and distribution.

    Personal Representative – you have a written document signed by a person giving you the power to act for the signer in designated circumstances and with respect to designated property.

    Reported Owner - you are the single owner for the property and your name appears on the property record and you have all rights to the ownership of the property.

    Uniform Gift No Longer Minor – you had property gifted to you as a minor under the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act – (UGMA). You are the named owner of the property and have now reached the age of majority.

    Uniform Gift Minor – you are the named Custodian or Trustee of a property that was gifted to a minor under the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act – (UGMA).

  5. Why hasn't my claim form been processed yet?

    Claims are processed as quickly as possible, once we receive all of the information required to process the claim. At certain times of the year, the number of claims submitted is high and it may take up to 8 weeks for you to receive your payment. We recommend you use the check the status of your claim on our website.

  6. Where do I send my claim form and additional documents?

    If you were unable to submit your claim online or you have to send in additional documents for your claim, please send them to the address below:

    Wisconsin Department of Revenue
    Unclaimed Property Unit
    PO Box 8982
    Madison, WI 53708-8982
    Phone: (608) 264-4594

  7. Why is my claim refund coming from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue?

    The Wisconsin Department of Revenue administers the Unclaimed Property program for the State of Wisconsin. Your claim refund notice will say "Notice of Refund – Unclaimed Property" to differentiate it from another tax refund.

  8. What is my relationship to the property being claimed?

    Individuals listed on the property being claimed are the reported owner.

    If the property being claimed is for someone who is deceased, then your relationship will be personal representative or heir. Other choices include business, creditor, government, guardian, uniform gift to minor, and uniform gift- no longer minor.

  9. I do not have all of the required documents to submit with my claim. What should I do?

    You can save your claim and finish it later. Please print a copy of the confirmation page as it contains a confirmation code that you will need to resume your claim.

  10. Why am I being asked to provide additional information after I've submitted my claim?

    We make every attempt to process your claim using the information provided with the claim. If we cannot process your claim, we will send you a letter asking for additional information. Please follow the instructions in the letter to expedite the processing of your claim.

March 27, 2015