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UCC - Searching Information
What are the fees for a UCC search?

Searches

Debtor Name

$6 per debtor name

Expedited Search
$31 per debtor name ($6 standard search fee plus $25 expedited search fee)

Filing Copies
$2 per page

Request for Official Seal
$12 per request ($6 standard search fee plus $6 Official Seal fee)

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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 by clicking on “Contact the Secretary of State” also in the upper right corner and we will help you get the information you need.

 

How do I request a search?

Online account holders and debit and credit card users may request a search by using UCC Online.

A search also may be requested by submitting a UCC11 Information Request form through mail or express mail, or in person at the Secretary of State UCC Office.

Debtor names will be searched on system as they were submitted. To ensure accurate results, make sure debtor names are spelled correctly. The search request should also include whether you need an information listing of financing statements and tax liens, copies of these documents, or both. Collateral from financing statements does not show on information listings.

UCC information requests submitted by mail or express mail should include a check or money order for $6 made payable to the “State of Michigan.” You will be billed for any balances due if the costs of compiling a search request exceed $6.

Search results are usually returned within three-to-seven business days.

An itemized list of fees for each search is included on the Work Order Receipt page of the search results.

Payment for any outstanding balance must be sent within 15 days to:
Michigan Department of State
Cashier Unit
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, Michigan 48918

 

 

 

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 by clicking on “Contact the Secretary of State” also in the upper right corner and we will help you get the information you need.

 

How do I request an expedited search?

Mark the “Expedited” checkbox when completing a UCC11 Information Request. Most expedited searches are processed the day they are received. There is a $25 expeditious service fee per debtor name. All other fees apply. If you have a billing account in good standing, you may fax your request for an expedited search. The fax number is 517-322-5434. The billing account number must be included on your fax request. UCC account customers are billed monthly for the total number of searches requested.

If you do not have a billing account, fees must be prepaid before your request is processed.

 

 

 

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 by clicking on “Contact the Secretary of State” also in the upper right corner and we will help you get the information you need.

 

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 all filings that have not lapsed. Lapsed financing statements are searchable for one year beyond the lapse date. To request copies of both active and lapsed filings, choose “All” on the UCC11 form.
 

 

 

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 by clicking on “Contact the Secretary of State” also in the upper right corner and we will help you get the information you need.

 

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

On the UCC11 form, select checkbox 3b “Search Certificate and Copies.” Your processed search result with copies will include any collateral. Financing statements are indexed by debtor name, not collateral or secured party.
 

 

 

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 by clicking on “Contact the Secretary of State” also in the upper right corner and we will help you get the information you need.

 

What information will I receive on the search results listing?

You will receive the filing number, date and time of filing, document type, and the name and address of the secured party for each financing statement associated with the debtor name submitted. Collateral is not included. To find collateral, a search with copies should be requested.

 

 

 

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 by clicking on “Contact the Secretary of State” also in the upper right corner and we will help you get the information you need.

 

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.

 

 

 

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 by clicking on “Contact the Secretary of State” also in the upper right corner and we will help you get the information you need.

 

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

For information regarding Unemployment Insurance Agency tax liens, contact the Tax Information Support Team at 1-800-638-3994 or online at www.michigan.gov/uia.

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

 

 

 

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 by clicking on “Contact the Secretary of State” also in the upper right corner and we will help you get the information you need.

 

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

For information regarding Internal Revenue Service (IRS) federal tax liens, contact the IRS Tax Lien Department at 1-800-913-6050.
 

 

 

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 by clicking on “Contact the Secretary of State” also in the upper right corner and we will help you get the information you need.

 

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.

 

 

 

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 by clicking on “Contact the Secretary of State” also in the upper right corner and we will help you get the information you need.

 

What do I need to know about UCC Search Logic?

UCC Search Logic has specific rules for its internal logic. Understanding how it works will help ensure correct search results. For example, certain business endings are considered “noise” words and are eliminated for search purposes. Debtor names are searched exactly as submitted, even if spelled incorrectly. “All” on the UCC11 form includes all lapsed and terminated filings for one year after the filing lapse date.

 


 

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 by clicking on “Contact the Secretary of State” also in the upper right corner and we will help you get the information you need.