What is a lien?
A lien is a claim on property to ensure payment of a debt. For example, when you borrow
money to purchase a car, the lender files a lien on the vehicle with the state. This
insures that in the case of default on the loan, the lender can take the car back. When
the debt is fully repaid, a release of the lien is provided by the lender. It is very
important that the release of lien is filed. The lien is then removed from the records and
a clear title issued, showing the owner's free and clear title to the vehicle.
Q. Why wasn't the lien released by the bank when I paid it off years ago?
Lien release documents are typically sent to borrowers when the loan pays off. The
borrower should then file the lien release with the appropriate agency. If the release is
not filed, the lien will appear on a future title search.
Q. What types of property can have liens?
All types of houses, land, buildings, cars, boats, aircraft, business equipment, or lif
Q. How long will it take to get my release?
Because of the large volume of release requests we get, it may take up to 30 business days
to obtain a release of lien so you may want to plan accordingly. Providing us with proof
that the loan paid off (cancelled checks, paid-in-full notes, etc.) will reduce our
processing time and may expedite our handling of your request.
Q. Why do I have to provide so much information? Don't you already have the records?
Records are usually kept for only a short length of time after a loan pays off. The
information we ask you to provide is easily obtainable and absolutely necessary for us to
prepare the release you need.
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