If you suspect you have maryland unclaimed money or other unclaimed funds held by the Maryland Comptroller’s Office, there’s an easy way to find out. Comptroller Brooke Lierman encourages residents to visit https://onestop.md.gov and complete a form there – “even more secure as we won’t receive it through mail”, she notes. She adds, “but we are really excited about this new and much simpler method to claim unclaimed assets”.
Unclaimed money may include old investment accounts, stocks and bonds held in abandoned or forgotten bank accounts, insurance policies or even the contents of safe deposit boxes.
Lierman emphasizes the need to present proof of identity such as a driver’s license in this system; rather than photocopying your ID at a copy machine, “you can simply upload a J-Peg image file and send it directly,” he states.
Lierman cautions that this approach to filing for unclaimed property could take the Comptroller’s Office some time to process. “It typically takes several weeks,” she states, “to identify properties, verify identification information and make sure all is in order.
Lierman advises anyone uncertain of their ownership to periodically check state newspaper listings of unclaimed property listings for updates. “I found some unclaimed property I didn’t even realize was there- it was just an unexpected refund check from CVS that I never cashed.” She even had enough left over money to buy herself two lunches.
Lierman states that those who missed their local newspapers’ listings of unclaimed property can access it on the Comptroller’s Office website at marylandtaxes.gov.