How can I submit a claim for property?
To initiate a claim, you will need to first search for the property, either by name or property ID (if known). Click here search and claim property:
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 information requested during the claims process. You have the option to save your claim and finish it later, if needed. Your claim is not complete and cannot be reviewed until all required documents are provided.
See the "How to Claim Property" section on the
unclaimed property page for additional information.
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.
What are the relationship types for property owners?
If your name appears on the property record for the property you are claiming, then you may be the reported owner. This is the most common relationship type. All of the possible relationship types and definitions are listed below. See
Relationship Types and Documents Needed for additional information.
Reported Owner: Individual: 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.
Reported Owner: 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.
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 or Personal Representative: 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.
Uniform Gift to 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). The minor is currently under the age of 18.
Uniform Gift No Longer Minor: You had property gifted to you as a minor under UGMA. You are the named owner of the property and have now reached the age of majority (18 years of age).
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.
Why hasn't my claim form been processed yet?
Claims are processed as quickly as possible, once we receive all 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 your claim to be assigned. Once your claim is approved it takes 7-10 days to receive your payment. We recommend you use the
check claim status on our website.
I received a letter requesting additional information. Where do I send my additional documents?
Please use one of the following methods:
- Secured Electronic Upload: https://tap.revenue.wi.gov/UCPAddInfo
You will need either your claim or confirmation number. This is the recommended method for faster processing.
- Mail: Please send all documents with the barcoded Attachment Inventory letter you received to the address below:
Wisconsin Department of Revenue - Unclaimed Property
PO Box 8982
Madison, WI 53708-8982
IMPORTANT: If you do not send the barcoded Attachment Inventory letter along with your documents, we may be unable to locate your claim to associate your documents.
- Submit documents in person at any
- Fax: (608) 261-6799
Is my personal information confidential?
Yes, personal information and any reports or records of a claimant are confidential.
Why is my claim refund coming from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue?
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) 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.
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. Note: You can upload additional documents for your claim securely at
https://tap.revenue.wi.gov/UCPAddInfo. You will need your claim or confirmation number.
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.
Why was my refund less than I claimed?
Wisconsin statutes authorize the department to collect debt for Wisconsin state agencies, counties, municipalities, the federal government (including the Internal Revenue Service), other states, and federally recognized tribes. Your Notice of Claim Refund will provide details about the debts owed to other government agencies. These offsets cannot be appealed to DOR however, you should contact the collecting agency regarding the offset if you have any questions.
My property is jointly held. Can I claim all of the funds if the other owners agree?
Yes, you can provide a Release by Co-Owner,
Form UCP-150 when the property is jointly held, and the other owner(s) agree to let you claim the entire amount.
How do I open a secure encrypted email I received from DOR?
Encrypted email enables users to send and receive secure messages and attachments safely. Instructions are provided in the document "Opening a Secure Encrypted Email."
Do I need to provide a Power of Attorney Form?
If someone is assisting you with a claim, including an attorney, please consider completing and attaching
Power of Attorney so we can discuss the claim with the person.