Answers about Safe Deposit Boxes

I want to find property that I left in a safe deposit box. Whom should I contact?

Sometimes if the fee is not paid or the branch is relocated, the box may be drilled open and the contents removed. The contents will be inventoried, usually under dual control. If the contents remain unclaimed, state law will determine if the contents will be turned over to the state treasurer for safekeeping. Typically, the period is from two to five years.

Most states require that the bank send notice of the impending transfer to you at the address of record on the bank's books.

If you wish to find out if property from your safe deposit box was sent to the state treasurer, please contact your applicable state treasurer/unclaimed property office. You can also start your search by visiting www.unclaimed.org.