Gov. Scott signs bill on unclaimed property requests

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a bill that fully automates certain filing claims to the state for unclaimed property.

Who doesn’t like getting a check in the mail? The state of Florida says it has more than $1 billion that belongs to residents and businesses.

The governor signed the bill (SB 464) on Thursday.

The automatic process applies to property with a value of less than $1,000. Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater says his office is holding more than $1 billion of unclaimed property.

Much of that is money in dormant bank accounts and from utility companies. But it also includes items from abandoned safe deposit boxes.

To check for unclaimed property in your name, visit or call 1-88-VALUABLE or 850-413-5555.