It may have a sparse population, but the state of South Dakota is well known for something truly massive and hugely impressive. Many years ago artists literally carved the faces of some famous dead presidents into the mountains of South Dakota, and since then untold millions from all over the world have trekked to the state to see it.
Whether you are a long time South Dakota resident or a more recent transplant, you certainly know a thing or two about dead presidents, including the ones in your wallet. If you could use a few more of those portraits of George Washington and his buddies, you might be in luck – the state of South Dakota maintains a sizable database of missing money, and some of that loot just might be yours.
1.Start your search for missing money at the website the state of South Dakota maintains for just this purpose. The website address is sdtreasurer.gov.
2.Look for the section that says "Does SD Owe You Money?" and click the "Find out now" button. This will direct you to the database and the easy search tool.
3.Enter your full name to conduct a search for personal property. If you are looking for money or property that belongs to a business, enter the name of the company in the name field.
4.Enter your city and ZIP as well. This will refine the search and make the results more accurate.
5.Review the list of results, looking for money and property that may belong to you.
6.Complete the claim form to begin the process and get your money back. Be sure to provide any documentation required to prove your ownership of the property in question and substantiate your claim.
7.Check the status of your claim from time to time by going back to the website you used to search the database. The time it takes to review and approve the claim will vary depending on state resources and the complexity of the claim.
8.Enjoy your newfound money. You can use the cash for anything you like, so why not go out and do something fun?
There are many reasons why money, insurance proceeds and other property might end up in the database maintained by the state of South Dakota. Think about the bank account you opened when you were a teenager, only to forget about it when you headed off for college. Remember the insurance policy you took out when you were younger, or the will your dear departed uncle prepared all those years ago?
All of those things and more could end up in the database maintained by the state of South Dakota, but the state does not view that cash as its own. Instead, the state is merely safeguarding it on your behalf, waiting for the time when you will conduct the search and stake your claim, so don’t keep the treasurer waiting.