However, it does not take much to become a Private Investigator in North Dakota. Either click here to go to the State of North Dakota Private Investigation Security Board, or, click here to view some frequently asked questions regarding becoming a Private Investigator in North Dakota.
Magnum PI was a private investigator. Do you think the show would have been popular in the 80’s if all he did was sit on the computer looking up people owed unclaimed money?
Nowadays, it could be a reality show you could catch on the Discovery Channel. Mmmmmm….maybe I’m onto something here!
The following are Guidelines for North Dakota Unclaimed Money Finders
- You must be licensed as a private investigator by the North Dakota Board of Private Investigators if you are searching for an owner of unclaimed money. You may contact the following address for more information on obtaining a license: ND Private Investigator and Security Board, 513 East Bismarck Expressway – Suite 5, Bismarck, ND 58504 (Phone: 1-701-222-3063).
- A list of owners may be purchased for $150.00 plus $5.00 postage and handling. This list is provided on CD-Rom in PDF format.
- The list includes all property held by the Unclaimed Property Division as of the date the list is requested. It includes the owner’s name, last known address, who reported the property, the date of last activity, and type of property. It does not include amounts. The Division assumes no responsibility to finder for owners that have been paid or are in the process of claiming their property.
- The list is also available for public inspection at the Land Department (1707 N 9th St., Bismarck, ND).
- A Power of Attorney will be honored only to the extent that it clearly gives the North Dakota unclaimed money finder the authority to complete the claim form. Otherwise, the Division will not honor a Power of Attorney unless the Administrator finds it in the best interest of the property owner to do so.
- When a finder is submitting a claim for payment on behalf of an owner, the finder must include a copy of their contract with the owner as part of the claim. Once a claim is approved, the entire payment will be sent directly to the owner and a copy of the correspondence forwarded to the finder.
- Pursuant to North Dakota Century Code 47-30.1-35(2), North Dakota unclaimed money finder fees may not exceed ten percent of the amount recovered. Finder Contracts are only enforceable if property has been in custody of ND Unclaimed Property for at least 24 months.
As was already mentioned, if you live in North Dakota and want to become an unclaimed money finder, you do not need to be a private investigator to search for unclaimed money in other states.
Please click here if you are interested in becoming an Unclaimed Money Finder.