Office of the Treasurer: Walker R. Stapleton

The Great Colorado Payback
Making A Claim

The claims process will begin upon receipt of the signed and notarized claim form and documentation to establish ownership and/or heirship. Payment of a claim cannot be made based on name similarity alone. Proof of ownership is necessary. Please note examples of documentation necessary to support your claim:

INDIVIDUALS AS CLAIMANTS

Copy of your current driver’s license and verification of your social security number (ie: copy of your social security card, copy of pay stub, tax return, etc.)

If there is a co-owner, the co-owner must provide a copy of their driver’s license and verification of their social security number (ie: copy of your social security card, copy of pay stub, tax return, etc.)

Verification of reported address (ie: previous address found on old utility bill, post cards, letters or deed, stock certificate, magazine subscriptions, etc.)

Proof of doing business with the reporting company (ie: copies of statements, correspondence, receipts, policies, or contracts)

HEIR, EXECUTOR, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE, TRUSTEE*

Provide verification of decedent’s reported address (ie: previous address found on old utility bill, post card, letter, deed, stock certificate, death certificate, magazine subscription, etc.).

Provide proof of decedent’s business relations with the reporting company (ie: copies of statements, correspondence, receipts, policies, contracts, etc.).

If the estate is OPEN: Provide owner’s death certificate, current Letters of Administration or Letters of Testamentary. These Letters should be dated or stamped by the probate court within the last 6 months to one (1) year.

If the estate is CLOSED: Provide owner’s death certificate, probated will, and Schedule of Distribution.

Note: If the estate is closed, the personal representative may not claim; all heirs must claim individually OR each heir may authorize one person, in a notarized statement, to collect in their behalf.

If the property you are claiming is a Trust, provide current documentation showing the trust as active AND verification that you are currently trustee. (ie: recent correspondence or statements addressed to the trust, etc.) If the Trust has been distributed: Provide a copy of the trust and closing and distribution information.

If you are claiming on behalf of an owner, please also provide a copy of your current drivers license

PARENT, CUSTODIAN, GUARDIAN, CONSERVATOR, POWER OF ATTORNEY*

Provide verification of the owner’s reported address (ie: previous address found on old utility bill, post card, letter, deed, stock certificate, birth certificate, magazine subscription, etc.).

Provide proof of the owner’s relationship with the reporting company (ie: copies of statements, correspondence, receipts, policies, contracts, etc.).

Provide verification of the owner’s social security number (ie: copy of social security card, tax return, etc.).

If claiming as a Parent to a minor child, provide verification that the owner is still a minor by supplying a copy of their birth certificate or school identification AND proof that you are the parent of that minor.

If the Legal Custodian, Trustee, Guardian, etc. is different than Parent, continue.
If claiming as a Custodian for a minor’s account (ie: UGMA), provide proof that the owner is still a minor by supplying a birth certificate or school identification AND proof that you are currently custodian for this minor.

Note: If the owner is currently over 18 years of age, that owner must claim on their own.

If claiming as a Guardian, Conservator, Trustee or Power of Attorney for a reported owner or trust, provide current legal documentation appointing you a Conservator or Guardian.

Note: A Power of Attorney is no longer valid after the protected individual’s death.

If you are claiming on behalf of an owner, please also provide a copy of your current drivers license.

STOCKS AND REGISTERED BONDS

If the property you are claiming is securities (stock or registered bond) or security related cash (liquidated stock), the original certificate(s) MUST BE delivered to our office.*

An indemnity bond may be required for securities that have been lost, destroyed or stolen and have a value of over $500

If your investments were held by a broker or in book entry OR were part of an employee stock option plan, provide account statements verifying ownership.

Note: When stock certificates are reported as unclaimed property, shares representing those stock certificates are turned over to the Treasury to be held in our custody, however, the original stock certificates are in many cases still in the owner’s possession.

CASHIERS CHECKS

If the property you are claiming is a cashiers check, please return the original check with your claim form.

Note: The payee of the check is the owner unless the remitter of the check has the original and has returned it to our office. If the remitter is still in possession of the check, they’re the rightful owner.

BUSINESS

Provide verification of the business’ reported address (ie: previous address found on old utility bill, post card, letter, deed, stock certificate, magazine subscription, etc.).

Provide documentation showing that the business or company is presently operating (ie: current utility bill, current correspondence addressed to the company, etc.) AND that the claimant is authorized to act on its behalf (ie: letter from a corporate officer or a letter with the corporate seal included).

Provide verification of the business’ tax identification number.

Mergers / Dissolved Businesses - Provide documentation showing the distribution of the assets on the dissolved corporation and / or documentation showing the transaction of a merged business