Laws and Requirements

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North Carolina law requires unclaimed property holders to report and remit unclaimed property on an annual basis after a dormancy period is met. Unclaimed property can be bank accounts, wages, refunds, utility deposits, insurance policy proceeds, stocks, bonds, or contents of safe deposit boxes that have been abandoned.  Property is considered abandoned if there have been no documented transactions or contact with the owners for a period of time known as a dormancy period.

The 2017 Legislative Session led to several changes in North Carolina’s Unclaimed Property laws. The changes were spurred by an interest in improving the process for owners to be reunited with their property and include several important clarifications and new requirements for holders. The changes were proposed and adopted under House Bill 294.