We recommend searching the national unclaimed property database, MissingMoney.com. Not all states participate, though.
Search for unclaimed royalties in the state where the mineral rights are located.
Check the unclaimed property records in the state where the mineral owner resides (or their last known address).
Search for unclaimed property in the state where the oil and gas operator is located (or incorporated).
Always check for unclaimed royalties in Delaware, where many companies are incorporated. Delaware does not participate in the national database, MissingMoney.com, so you will have to check separately..
|State||Dormancy Period||Link to Search Unclaimed Funds|
|National||N/A||Missing Money National Database|
|Alabama||3 Years||Alabama State Treasury|
|Alaska||3 Years||Alaska Department of Revenue, Treasury Division|
|Arkansas||3 Years||Arkansas Office of Auditor of State|
|California||3 Years||California State Controller's Office|
|Colorado||5 Years||Colorado State Treasurer's Office|
|Delaware||5 Years||Delaware Department of Finance|
|Florida||5 Years||Florida Department of Financial Services|
|Kansas||5 Years||Kansas State Treasurer's Office|
|Louisiana||2 Years||Louisiana State Treasurer's Office|
|Mississippi||5 Years||Mississippi Office of the State Treasurer|
|Montana||5 Years||Montana Department of Revenue|
|New Mexico||5 Years||Taxation & Revenue Department|
|North Dakota||3 Year||North Dakota Department of Trust Lands|
|Ohio||1 Years||Ohio Department of Commerce|
|Oklahoma||5 Years||Oklahoma State Treasurer's Office|
|Pennsylvania||3 Years||Pennsylvania Treasury Department|
|South Dakota||3 Years||South Dakota Office of the State Treasurer|
|Texas||3 Years||Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts|
|Utah||3 Years||Utah State Treasurer's Office|
|West Virginia||5 Years||West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office|
|Wyoming||3 Years||Wyoming Office of the State Treasurer|
I am one of the millions who lost their job due to the COVID-19 lockdown. I sold my minerals to get me through this terrible time. If my grandmother could see our current situation, she would understand. I'm so grateful to have had minerals to sell. Many people don't have this option.S Barnes
With the price of oil declining and operators practically giving gas away, I decided to sell before the bottom falls out.J. Cruz
I am on a fixed income, and the sale of these minerals will help me secure stable housing. My children will be okay if even if they don't inherit these minerals.S. Owens
My oil wells have been producing for decades and the reserves are almost depleted. Once the wells are plugged, the value will be significantly lower. I'd rather cash out now.R. Robertson
I inherited mineral rights, but don't want to be involved with fracking and fossil fuels. I would prefer to support renewable energy and do my part to reverse climate change.P. Harris