FAQ
UCC - Searching Information
How do I advance to the next screen when the Next button is not working?

Make sure that Java Script is enabled on your computer. UCC Online uses Java Script for each screen.

 

 

If you did not find the information you need, enter a descriptive word or phrase in the Search field located in the upper right corner or send us an e-mail and we will help you get the information you need.

What are the fees for a UCC search?

Search fee information is printable from the UCC web site. An itemized list of fees for each search is included on the Job Receipt page of the search results.

Payment must be remitted within 15 days to:
Michigan Department of State
Cashier Unit
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, Michigan 48918

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How do I request a search?

Complete a UCC11 Information Request. A search for UCC information may be requested via regular mail, express mail or in person. Search results are normally returned to the customer within three to seven business days.

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How do I request an expedited search?

Complete a UCC11 Information Request. If the search request is received by 11:00 a.m., results are mailed or available for pickup the same business day after 3:00 p.m. Search requests received after 11:00 a.m. are processed and mailed or available for pickup the next business day after 3:00 p.m. There is a $25 expeditious service fee per debtor name. All other fees apply. Customers without billing accounts must prepay base search and base expedited fees. A customer with a state billing account in good standing can fax requests for expedited search service. The fax number is 517-322-5434. The state billing account number must be included on your fax request. UCC account customers are billed monthly for the total number of searches requested.

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What form is used to request a search of UCC filings?

The UCC11 form is the approved form to request information and/or copies. State the debtor name you wish to search. Debtor names will be searched exactly as they are provided by the requestor. Also state whether you need an information listing of financing statements and tax liens, copies of the documents or both. The information listing does not provide information about collateral shown on financing statements.

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What types of documents are included in a UCC copy search?

A UCC copy search will include copies of state and federal tax liens, and all active financing statements. Active financing statements include current financing statements, plus any lapsed or terminated financing statements for one year beyond the lapse date or the date it would have lapsed.

 

 

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How do I find out if a particular item, such as a machine, is used as collateral with another secured party?

To find an item of collateral, request a search with copies for the debtor. Review the collateral sections of the copies to determine if the particular item is shown as collateral. Financing statements are indexed by debtor name, not collateral or secured party.

 

 

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What information will I receive on the search results listing?

The listing will show the filing number, date and time of filing, document type, and secured party name and address of each financing statement on file for the debtor name requested. Collateral descriptions are not included. To find the collateral on a particular financing statement, a search with copies is needed.

 

 

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Do you accept search requests electronically or by fax?

Electronic searching is available to UCC billing account customers and credit card customers. Visit UCC Online at: (https://ucc.sos.state.mi.us/).

UCC only accepts fax search requests for expedited searches from a customer with a state billing account in good standing. 

 

 

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Who can I contact about a Michigan Department of Treasury state tax lien on my UCC search results?

For information regarding Michigan Department of Treasury state tax liens, contact the Collections Division at 517-636-5265.

 

 

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Who can I contact about a Michigan Employment Security Commission tax lien on my UCC search results?

For information regarding Michigan Employment Security Commission tax liens, contact the Tax Information Support Team at 800-638-3994 (out of state) or 313-456-2180.

You may also write to:
Unemployment Agency
11th Floor, Tax Office
3024 W. Grand Blvd., #500
Detroit, Michigan 48202

 

 

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Who can I contact about an Internal Revenue Service federal tax lien on my UCC search results?

For information regarding Internal Revenue Service federal tax liens, contact the Problem Resolution Office at 800-829-1040.

 

 

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Are UCC search results certified?

Yes, UCC search results are certified. The filing officer certifies that the search reports contain all active financing statements, tax liens and assignments for the debtor name on file, as of the current certification date. If needed, a certification seal on your search results is available for an additional fee of $6 per seal.

 

 

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How has UCC search logic changed?

With the enactment of Article 9 on July 1, 2001, the Department of State UCC office changed the search logic used to process UCC searches. Certain business endings are considered noise words and are eliminated for search purposes. Debtor names are searched exactly as requested, with no variations, according to UCC search logic. Also, when the item #2 search option "All" is requested on the UCC11, Information Request Form, lapsed or terminated filings are given for one year after the filing lapse date.

 

 

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