Confidentiality concerns, both on the part of owners and the institutions where safe deposit boxes are located, make this type of asset one that commonly goes unclaimed by heirs.
If you know the name of the bank where the box was held, but the branch has since moved, changed its name, or closed, don’t assume that unclaimed safe deposit box contents are lost forever. It is possible the contents were transferred to a successor institution. Go to: Bank & Credit Union Missing Money Search.
If you do not know where the box was held, it is still possible to find and claim its contents. Safe deposit boxes with expired leases and no further rental payments or claims eventually revert to government custody. Dormancy periods – the time during which there has been no box entry or rental payments – vary by state, but typically range from one-to-five years.
For an unclaimed safe deposit box search and information on reclaiming items stored in a dormant unclaimed safe deposit box complete the form below.