Louisiana is a diverse state with a unique mix of cultures and influences. The Treasury Department recognizes this, and to celebrate our state’s rich heritage we have translated our unclaimed property website into Cajun French and Spanish. We now offer searching capabilities in both languages to help more citizens, especially those who may use English as a second language, to claim what is rightfully theirs.

Forgotten Money

Unclaimed property is lost or forgotten money that businesses turn over to the state. It can include savings accounts, refunds, dividends, mineral royalties and payroll checks. Other examples include checking accounts, cashier checks,money orders, travelers checks, certificates of deposit, insurance proceeds, and utility deposits. The average unclaimed property refund is usually between $200 and $300.

We work hard to make locating these funds as easy as possible. Many people still think there are strings attached with the program, but this isn’t the case, its a free service provided by the Treasury. Record Returns and Collections

Since 1996, we have set records for unclaimed property collections for six out of eight years and have set records for unclaimed property refunds for seven out of eight years, but there is still a lot of money left to be claimed. The State Treasury has approximately $243 million in its unclaimed property account,including $33.5 million in new money from businesses this year!

Searching for Unclaimed Property

I encourage you to visit our website at www.latreasury.comand take a look for yourself. To search for unclaimed property in Spanish or Cajun French click Unclaimed Property from the homepage and then click Spanish or Cajun French. The Unclaimed Property Division also operates a nationwide toll-free hotline in English at 1-888-925-4127. The hotline is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We would love to hear from you on how we can make our unclaimed property program and website more user-friendly and accessible. By doing so, we hope to increase the number of individuals who are able to claim what rightfully belongs to them. Feel free to contact us anytime with your suggestions at 1-888-925-4127, or email us at unclaimed@treasury.state.la.us.