The Franklin County Auditor's Office serves as trustee of the County's unclaimed funds and wages accounts, and processes valid claims upon receipt of a notarized claim form.
Funds held in the County Unclaimed Funds account are:
The Franklin County Auditor's Office does not hold funds from companies in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Unclaimed Funds holds these types of funds. Please visit their website, www.com.ohio.gov/unfd/TreasureHunt.aspx, for more information on claiming these funds or to search for funds.
These are the agencies the Franklin County Auditor's Office holds unclaimed moneys for (including their agency code): Adult Probation (ADLT); Clerk of Courts - General (CCRD); Clerk of Courts (CLRK); County (CNTY); Coroner (CRNR); Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA); Public Defender (DFND); Domestic/Juvenile Court (DVCC); Miscellaneous (MISC); Probate Court (PROB); Prosecuting Attorney (PROS); Sheriff (SHER); Treasurer (TREA); Juvenile Detention Center (JDCD); and Title Division (TITL).
Write to the Franklin County Auditor, Attn: Unclaimed Funds, 373 S. High St., 21st Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Provide your current name and initials, along with any prior names you have used, such as maiden names or you can search for unclaimed funds online. If you find accounts belonging to you or someone you know, you can either print the claim form, complete it and return it to us at the above address for processing or, if you are unable to print the form, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will mail a claim form to you.
First, you must show that the account belonged to the original owner (see #1 proof of claim). Second, you must prove that you are the rightful recipient of the funds, and you are legally entitled to claim these funds for the owner, such as if the owner is incapacitated or deceased. If the owner is incapacitated, proper documentation from the court to show a guardianship, custodial, or Power of Attorney relationship, and a court order, or permission from the guardian or custodian is required.
If the original owner is deceased, a copy of the death certificate and letter of authority naming the executor of the estate is required. We will not pay a claim based solely upon a will or death certificate. If a professional finder is claiming the funds, a Power of Attorney signed by the executor is also required. (NOTE: The Franklin County Auditor's Office reserves the right to contact the original payee directly to confirm a Power of Attorney.
Interest is not paid on any account.
The Franklin County Auditor's Office does not charge a fee to claim funds. If you have contracted with a professional finder to claim your funds, you may be subject to pay a fee to them according to your contract.
A Notary Public can be found at your local bank, city and county offices, police and sheriff's departments, most attorneys. There is a notary available in the Franklin County Auditor's Office Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Once the claim form is received in our office, processing takes approximately 30 business days. Most claims require authorization to pay from the originating agency and may take a little longer. Sometimes the originating agency requires additional information for the claimant, such as previous addresses of the owners.
A professional finder is someone who is in the business of trying to find the owners of unclaimed funds. You do not have to use a finder to file a claim.
The check is issued in the name of the professional finder and the owner of the funds. The check is then mailed to the professional finder.
The Franklin County Auditor's Office does not hire professional finders or any other third party to help locate the owner of unclaimed funds.