How to find an unclaimed pension

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PBGC_LogoYou, or someone you know, may be owed a pension. Search below using the participant’s or beneficiary’s last name, the name of the company that provided the pension, or the state of the company’s location. This is a service of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

PLEASE NOTE: Their list of unclaimed pensions is limited to information about people whom PBGC has yet been unable to contact and does not include information about all people for whom PBGC provides, or will provide, a pension.

Search by the last name of the participant

Last name:  

Download a spreadsheet with the complete list of unclaimed pensions ordered by last name or ordered by company name [XLS]. For more details on the process of finding a lost pension, consult our publication, Finding a Lost Pension[PDF].

I found an unclaimed pension. What should I do?

Click the linked name of the participant owed an unclaimed pension and fill out the subsequent secure form. Submit the completed form to PBGC and we will contact you. You can also contact PBGC and a PBGC Customer Care Representative will be happy to assist.

I didn’t find an unclaimed pension. Where do I go from here?

Check to see if PBGC insures your pension plan. PBGC insures the pensions of most private companies. While we have limited information about the pension plans we insure and have not taken over, finding your PBGC-insured pension plan can get you pointed in the right direction. Be sure that the unclaimed pension you are looking for is not one of the common exceptions that PBGC does not insure.

Find out if PBGC has taken over your pension plan by searching for a PBGC-trusteed pension plan. If you find your trusteed pension plan but PBGC has not been in contact with you, we suggest you contact PBGC.

Read the “Searching” section of our publication, Finding a Lost Pension [PDF]. It’s full of useful suggestions such as who to contact and where to look.

PBGC also makes available summary plan descriptions (SPDs) filed from 1975 to 1991. View Requesting a Summary Plan Description for more information.

Additional Resources External to PBGC:

What does an asterisk (*) next to a participant’s name mean?

An asterisk next to a participant’s name means that PBGC is uncertain whether the person is owed a benefit from the pension plan based on the records currently available to PBGC (for example, a company may have sent PBGC a name but with a zero benefit). However, we encourage you to contact PBGC for a determination. You may provide additional documentation that may establish an entitlement to a benefit.

What if the participant who earned the unclaimed pension is deceased?

If the participant is deceased, please inform PBGC. See Report the death of a PBGC participant.

If you are a beneficiary of the deceased participant and you find the participant’s name here, please contact PBGC to find out if you are entitled to a benefit. Beneficiaries normally receive payments less than what the participant would have received.