What you need to know: How long it will take, necessary forms of ID

What you need to know: How long it will take, necessary forms of ID (Image 1)

How long will it to get your money?

The Florida Department of Financial Services has 90 days from the time your information is received to determine what you are owed. The agency says claims are often processed in fewer than 90 days.

What documentation will you need?

Each claim form will list the required documentation. Required documents will include a copy of your current ID, with your current mailing address, and documents “proving your ownership of the account,” according to the state’s Department of Financial Services.

If the original owner of the property has passed away, you’ll need a certified death certificate for the owner and identification and claims forms for all heirs.

How can you prove an account belongs to you?

Each claim form will specify the necessary documentation. You might need to provide documentation of your Social Security Number, a past address or proof of your relationship to the entity. If you’re the heir to a deceased account owner, you might need to provide official documentation establishing your right to the property.

Handwritten letters, letterhead, business cards and printouts from telephone or Internet directories are not acceptable forms of documentation.

What forms of ID are accepted?

A claimant must provide a copy of his or her driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID. If your ID contains a previous address – and not your current place of residence – include a bill or other form of identification that has your current address.

If an account has several owners and one of the owners has passed away, you’ll need a certified death certificate for the deceased owner.

Visit the state’s “Frequently Asked Questions” website for more information. You can also call (888) 258-2253 or (850) 413-5555. In addition, you can email FloridaUnclaimedProperty@MyFloridaCFO.com.

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