Procedures for Filing Claim

(1) Claims Submission. Claims for unclaimed property in the custody of the Department, pursuant to Chapter 717, F.S., shall be submitted to the Department on the form(s) prescribed and supplied by the Department, together with documentation proving entitlement to the unclaimed property. All forms referenced in this rule are available from and shall be submitted to: The Florida

Department of Financial Services, Bureau of Unclaimed Property, 200 East Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0358.

(a) The Department will only process claims that are complete.

(b) A complete claim shall include the correct claim form identified in this rule, fully completed with all blanks filled in and manually signed and dated by all claimants or the Claimants’ Representative, proof of entitlement, and all supporting documentation as described and required by this rule, and Rule 69I-20.0022, F.A.C.

(c) Claims meeting the requirements of paragraph (b) above shall be deemed complete.

(d) Incomplete claims delivered to the Department will be returned to the claimant with a notice describing the additional documentation that must be submitted to make the claim complete. The notices are Form DFS-UP-106a, Unclaimed Property Request for Further Information (Claim Filed by Apparent Owner), Form DFS-UP-106b, Unclaimed Property Request for Further Information (Claim Filed by a Business), Form DFS-UP-107a, Unclaimed Property Request for Further Information (Claim Filed by Other Than the Apparent Owner), and Form DFS-UP-108a, Unclaimed Property Request for Further Information (Claim Filed by Claimant’s Representative on Behalf of the Claimant), which are hereby incorporated by reference, effective 1-3-05.

(e) The claim may be refiled at any time.

(2) Claim Determination. The Department will only review the merits of a claim that has been deemed complete as filed. The Department will determine whether the claimant has established ownership and entitlement to the unclaimed property.

(a) If the claim is approved, the proceeds will be delivered as set forth in subsection (10).

(b) If the claim is denied, written notice containing rights to request a hearing as provided in Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., will be mailed to the claimant or the Claimant’s Representative at the address provided in the claim.

(3) Withdrawal of Claim. A claimant or a Claimant’s Representative may make a written request, including email or facsimile transmission, that a claim be withdrawn at any time, except as provided in Section 717.1241.

(4) Claims Filed by Apparent Owner, (including Corporations).

(a) Claims by apparent owners for unclaimed property shall be submitted on Form DFS-UP-106, entitled Claim Filed by Apparent Owner, which is hereby incorporated by reference, effective 1-3-05.

(b) Form DFS-UP-106 shall be manually signed and dated by the claimant and accompanied by the following:

1. Personal identification of the claimant as provided in subsection 69I-20.0022(2), F.A.C.

2. Proof demonstrating that the claimant is the owner and is entitled to the claimed property as required by Rule 69I-20.0022, F.A.C. When ownership is claimed by an entity, personal identification of the entity representative as provided by subsection 69I-20.0022(2), F.A.C., is also required. Personal identification of the entity representative is not required if the entity is an active corporation.

(5) Claims Filed by Other than Apparent Owners.

(a) Claims for unclaimed property filed by someone other than the apparent owner, for example, an heir, personal representative, or beneficiary, shall be submitted on Form DFS-UP-107, entitled Claim Filed by Other than the Apparent Owner, which is hereby incorporated by reference, effective 1-3-05.

(b) Form DFS-UP-107 shall be manually signed and dated by the claimant and accompanied by the following: