Find unclaimed savings bonds States collect unclaimed money. However, the state unclaimed property funds do not get every unclaimed financial product. Savings bonds go to the U.S. Treasury. The other database you need to search for unclaimed U.S. savings bonds.

Search for Unclaimed U.S. savings bonds

Billions of dollars sit in every state’s unclaimed property fund. The unclaimed money is from bank accounts, safe deposit box contents, stocks, mutual funds, bonds, dividends, uncashed checks, wages, insurance policies, unused / expired gift cards, jewelry, CD’s, trust funds, utility deposits, and escrow accounts.

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Unclaimed money also includes savings bonds. However, banks don’t send savings bonds to the state unclaimed property funds. Banks send unclaimed U.S. savings bonds to the Department of Treasury.

Every year, banks send 15,000 savings bonds to the federal government. On top of that, another 25,000 payments undeliverable payments are sent to the U.S. Treasury.

Savings bonds are popular gifts. You buy them for less than they are worth, and over time the U.S. savings bonds mature. Maturity takes 10 or 20 years. That’s why it’s easy to lose a savings bond.

Also, you may be holding onto savings bonds that are no longer earning interest. These will also be in the database.

The Treasury Hunt database won’t have every savings bond in it. You can only search for information on Series E bonds issued in 1974 and after on Series EE bonds.

If you lost a savings bond, and it’s not in the database you can file a missing savings bond form with Form 1048. You need information on purchase date, name on the bond, and other relevant information.

Social Security Number required for Treasury Hunt

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Savings bond search requires Social Security Number

To search the database, you need the Social Security Number of the bondholder or the Employer Identification Number on the bond.

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