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Frequently-asked Unclaimed Property 

What unclaimed property information can be obtained through WVFOIA?

The West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office (“STO”) can provide on CD-ROM the database of unclaimed property owner names and cities of last known address, as those records appear on the STO web site. However, any further information regarding unclaimed property owners is exempt from the provisions of the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act contained in West Virginia Code §29B-1-1 et seq. Specifically, West Virginia Code §36-8-25 states that: “Records of abandoned property kept by the administrator are available for inspection and copying only by an owner of such property as to the particular property he or she owns, or by his or her personal representative, next of kin, attorney at law or such person entitled to inherit from the owner conducting a legal audit thereof. These records are exempt from the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-b of this code.”

What stale-dated check information can be obtained through WVFOIA?

Lists of outstanding state checks which were issued less than six months previously may be obtained on CD-ROM. Stale dated state checks with a date of issue older than six months are exempt from disclosure pursuant to W.Va. Code §12-3-1, which states that “Any information or records maintained by the treasurer concerning any check which has not been presented for payment within six months of the date of issuance may only be disclosed to the state agency specified on the check, or to the payee, his or her personal representative, next of kin or attorney-at-law and is otherwise confidential and exempt from disclosure under the provisions of article one, chapter twenty-nine-b of this code.”

What unclaimed property audit information can be obtained through WVFOIA?

Unfortunately, information regarding businesses under examination for unclaimed property is exempt from WVFOIA pursuant to W.Va. Code §36-8-20(d), which states, in part, that “Documents and working papers obtained or compiled by the administrator, or the administrator’s agents, employees or designated representatives, in the course of conducting an examination are confidential and are not public records.”