Unclaimed Funds


Dear Milwaukee County Resident,


One of the priorities of the Treasurer's Office is to provide information on unclaimed funds to the citizens of Milwaukee County. Every odd-numbered year, our office receives funds from municipalities and county departments that have been unclaimed by their proper owner. We then take on the duty of finding the rightful owners of these unclaimed funds, as provided by Wisconsin Statute 59.66.


The provision of information about unclaimed funds is intended to protect the owner's ability to recover these funds. The County Treasury is responsible for the safekeeping and return of monies designated as "unclaimed".





Unclaimed Funds are funds held by the Treasurer's Office for an owner or recipient who is entitled to the money, but who has failed to claim ownership of it. Unclaimed funds may arise out of a variety of circumstances. For example, delivery of a payment may not be possible because of incorrect or incomplete address information for the recipient. Milwaukee County, as custodians of these funds, has established policies and procedures for holding, safeguarding, and accounting for these funds. Some examples of such funds include:

  • Program/Services payments
  • Jury Duty checks
  • Bail Money 
  • Overpayment refunds


To display listings of unclaimed funds held by Milwaukee County, please click on one of the links below. (See "look up" directions below)







(All funds for 2015 are held in the Treasurer's Office.)



(All funds for 2013 are held in the Treasurer's Office.)



(All funds for 2011 are held in the Treasurer's Office.)



(All funds for 2009 are held in the Treasurer's Office.)


"Look Up" Directions:


Select the list you would like to view. While in the unclaimed funds listing, move your cursor to the center bottom of the page. A selection bar will appear allowing you to enlarge (+) or reduce (-) the text size. On the toolbar at the top of the page, select “edit”, then “find”, a search box will appear at the top of the page (or Cntrl+F). Click inside the search box, type your name (last, first), then select “next”. If the name you typed is on the list, it will be highlighted. To see if there are multiple listings of your name, click “next” or “previous” to go back.


****No unclaimed funds pertaining to Behavioral Health will be found on the listing so as to protect patient confidentiality.   




1. Each claimant must complete the official claim form for each unclaimed funds amount.

2. The claim form has to be officially notarized before submission.

3. Local claimants are then requested to come to the Treasurer's office in person to submit their claim forms and proper credentials. It is mandatory that a picture I.D. be provided for identification verification purposes.


To apply by mail:

a)    Perform steps 1 and 2 listed above
b)    Mail the notarized claim form and copy of valid identification to:


                    Milwaukee County Treasurer's Office
                901 N. 9th Street, Room 102
                Milwaukee, WI 53233-1462



c)    After the notarized claim form is received and reviewed by our office, we will contact you regarding what you will need to do to complete the verification of your claim.



NOTICE: Notarized forms submitted are legal papers and become part of official documentation in County records. Falsification of claim information is against the law and will be prosecuted.


Verification and processing of claims takes about 4-8 weeks. When finished, the Treasurer's office will contact the claimants to inform them that their claim is completed. Subsequently, checks will be mailed to the address provided by the claimant in the unclaimed funds request form.


To download and print an Unclaimed Funds claim form, please click here.


To download Unclaimed Funds claim form instructions, please click here.


*** The State of Wisconsin has a separate unclaimed funds program. If you want to check the unclaimed funds listing from the State of Wisconsin, please click here.

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