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Dane County Treasurer's Office

Unclaimed Funds

Pursuant to Wis.Stats. 59.66(2), the purpose of this state statute is to return money to its rightful owner.

Generally, county and municipal unclaimed property consists of uncashed checks that are older than 1 year. When these funds are reported as unclaimed, municipal treasurers track and report this to the County Treasurer for public notice posting of all unclaimed Funds in the paper and online.

Claimants have 6 months after the official posting to claim funds from their local municipal treasurer.  Then, they have another 10 years to claim funds from the Dane County Treasurer.

If you find a DANE COUNTY listing that corresponds to your name and address:

  1. Appear in person at the Dane County Treasurer’s Office, Room 114 City County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Madison. The office is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm. Telephone inquiries are not accepted.
  2. You will be required to verify your identity and that you are the person for whom the funds are being held. Bring valid identity documents showing your full name, current residential address, signature and photo. This could be a passport, Wisconsin Driver’s License, Wisconsin ID, or other government-issued identification. A utility bill with your full name and residential address may also be helpful.
  3. Be prepared to give information about the amount of the claim, and the circumstances of why the County, or a Dane County municipality, would owe you money.
  4. You will be required to attest to the truthfulness of your claim and to sign the attestation in front of a notary. A notary will be available at no charge at the City County Building; the County Notary will require a photo ID with your residential address and signature.
  5. Verified claims will be paid by check, and mailed to your current address. No claim will be mailed to a PO Box. Claims are processed in the order received and checks will arrive in four to six weeks. No one will receive cash at the time of making a claim.