Over the past several years, retailers have turned to kiosks to rent movies, cash in coins and even to sell song downloads. Now, Missouri is turning to kiosks to help owners locate unclaimed property. According to an article by Mark Slavit of ConnectMidMissouri, Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel installed the first such kiosk in January at the Missouri Department of Licensing in Columbia, MO. So far, according to the article, kiosk searches have accounted in nearly $6000 being returned (with an average claim amount of $55).
Regular readers of Escheatable know that Missouri is no stranger to cutting edge owner reunification programs. Among the state's varied methods are "Operation Extra Mile" to assist veterans in finding abandoned property and a novel E-Mail notification program where residents can register to have unclaimed property information sent directly to them. Missouri is - again - to be commended for its efforts.