Monday, May 21, 2018
Racquel Vasquez at 619-533-4587 or

SAN DIEGO – Anyone who has done business with the City of San Diego in the past three years, including paying business taxes, could be owed money.

The City regularly receives returned checks that were undeliverable based on the address on file. Checks that remain uncashed after six months becomes unclaimed monies. Check amounts range from $1 to $30,000. The unclaimed monies report is available on the City’s website at and is updated quarterly.

Since this time last year, the City returned $344,000 to 157 people who were listed in the unclaimed monies report, meaning 45 percent of the unclaimed were returned by the City. The average claim was $2,189.

“We want to refund every single dollar of unclaimed money,” said Cecilia San Pedro, Disbursements Manager for the Office of the City Comptroller. “A simple search is all it takes to verify if you have been issued a check that has gone unclaimed. There is no charge to search the data or to file a claim.”

Currently, more than $1.2 million in unclaimed monies is held by the City in 2,368 accounts. The unclaimed monies belong to people or businesses that have not received money owed to them as a result of refunds or vendor payments. Payees can no longer claim the monies after it has been unclaimed for over a year.

To submit a claim, print and complete the Request for Unclaimed Monies form. Send to:

City of San Diego, Office of the City Comptroller
Unclaimed Monies Claim Processing
202 C St. – Mail Station 7A
San Diego, CA 92101

Once a claim is verified, a replacement check will be issued in four to six weeks. Anyone who has questions about unclaimed money may call 619-236-6310 or email


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