The claims process referenced below pertains to any asset identified within the Public Notices of Forfeiture for ATF, DEA, FBI, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The claims process for assets identified within the Public Notices of Forfeiture for CBP, IRS and USSS are specified within those agency’s Public Notices of Forfeiture.
To Contest The Forfeiture Of This Property In United States District Court You Must File A Claim.
- To File a Claim: A claim must be filed with the agency that gave notice of the seizure and intent to forfeit. To contest the forfeiture, the claim must be sent to the notifying agency's address which is identified within the notice. A claim should be filed online or by mailing it via the U.S. Postal Service or a Commercial Delivery Service to the notifying agency’s address. If no address is provided in the notice, then the claim should be sent to the appropriate agency address listed below.
- Time Limits: A claim must be filed by the deadline date identified in the notice. See 18 U.S.C. § 983(a)(2). A claim is deemed filed on the date received by the agency if mailed with the U.S. Postal Service or if sent by Commercial Delivery Service.
- Requirements for Claim: A claim must describe the seized property, state your ownership or other interest in the property, and be made under oath, subject to penalty of perjury or meet the requirements of an unsworn statement under penalty of perjury. See 18 U.S.C. § 983(a)(2)(C) and 28 U.S.C. § 1746.
- Claim Forms: A claim need not be made in any particular form, but a standard claim form and the link to file the claim online are available to the right. See 18 U.S.C. § 983(a)(2)(D).
- Supporting Evidence: Although not required, you may submit supporting evidence (for example, title paperwork or bank records showing your interest in the seized property) to substantiate your claim.
- No Attorney Required: You do not need an attorney to file a claim. You may, however, hire an attorney to represent you in filing a claim.
- When You File a Claim: A timely claim stops the administrative forfeiture proceeding. The seizing agency forwards the timely claim to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for further proceedings. You may also file a petition for remission or mitigation (see Petitions section).
- Penalties for Filing False or Frivolous Claims: If you intentionally file a frivolous claim you may be subject to a civil fine. See 18 U.S.C. § 983(h). If you intentionally file a claim containing false information, you may be subject to criminal prosecution. See 18 U.S.C. § 1001.
- If No Claim is Filed: Failure to file a claim by the deadline date may result in the property being forfeited to the United States.
- Online Claim Exclusions: If you cannot find the desired assets online, you must file your claim in writing. Any asset requiring a cost bond cannot be claimed online. For more details regarding what assets can be claimed online, please see Frequently Asked Questions.
- Online Claim Changes: You cannot make changes online. They must be made in writing and sent to the address below.
FBI Claims should be submitted to the local FBI Field Office, Attention: Forfeiture Paralegal Specialist. The FBI field office locations and telephone numbers can be found at www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field.
ATF Forfeiture Counsel Asset Forfeiture & Seized Property Division 99 New York Avenue, NE Mail Stop 3N 600 Washington, DC 20226
DEA Forfeiture Counsel Asset Forfeiture Section 8701 Morrissette Drive Springfield, VA 22152
CBP CBP locations are included in their Public Notices on this site.
USSS USSS locations are included in their Public Notices on this site.
IRS Claims should be submitted to the local IRS Field Office. The IRS Criminal Investigation field office locations and telephone numbers can be found at www.forfeiture.gov/irs-ci-offices.htm
For Regular Mail:
US Postal Inspection Service
Asset Forfeiture Unit
PO Box 91100
Washington, DC 20090-1100
For Commercial Delivery: US Postal Inspection Service Asset Forfeiture Unit Criminal Investigations 900 Brentwood Road, NE, Suite 2187 Washington, DC 20066-6096