A lien, once recorded, is a matter of public record. There are various lien types: Mortgage liens are one of the most common; government liens are placed for failure to pay taxes; and mechanic liens are placed for work performed, but not paid for. Several options for research are available.
Go to the official website for the county in which your property is located. Click on the county recorder’s link.
Locate “Search Official Records." Click, or access by drop-down menu, the indicator for records pertaining to liens. Placement of information on websites varies in different counties.
Fill in the required information. Include your first and last name and the time period you want searched. Your property’s street address may also be required. Information requirements vary in different counties.
Scroll down the list of liens. The filer’s name, document type, lien number, date recorded and status is generally available.
Determine the county your property is located in. Find the address of the county recorder’s office.
Go to the county recorder's office. Ask the file clerk to direct you to the appropriate department to access property lien information.
Complete the form required. Provide your name and the street address of your property. From the information provided, locate the date the lien was filed, the name of the filing party and the amount of money indicated.
Obtain a copy of the lien, if desired. The recorder’s office typically charges a fee for duplication of documents.
- An alternative to you doing the research is to contact an agent at a title company. For a fee, the title company will provide you with a preliminary title report that reveals all liens against your property.
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