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Personal Property
A lien search can be conducted on serial number goods (motor vehicles, trailers, boats, outboard motor or aircraft) or on an individuals or businesses. The lien search will include: - Debtor’s (A person who owes money or the performance of an obligation) name, address, and date of birth, if recorded. - Secured party’s (a person or company who money or obligations are owed to) name, address, and email address or fax number, if recorded. - Serial collateral and / or general collateral details - Registration number, type of registration, registration date, and expiry date.
You can request a lien search on our website @ https://registryagent.ca/pp/search. You may enter your search criteria and process the payment online. The results will be emailed to you in a few minutes.
The purpose of the lien search is to locate if there are funds or interest in the serial or general collateral being searched. As there are no exact matches indicated on page 1 of your search result, this confirms there are no liens registered in Alberta against the VIN you have searched. The inexact matches that are listed on page 2-4 of your lien search. The inexact matches have a similar VIN number in the last 4-6 digits of the VIN you have searched. The VINs listed on page 2-4 do have liens registered in Alberta. If you want to purchase the vehicle identified by the VIN being searches, no exact matches is a positive result.
You cannot place a lien against someone’s vehicle without their written consent. A common consensual lien is when an individual borrows money from a bank to purchase a vehicle and provides consent to the bank to place a lien on the vehicle. If you do not have consent, you will first need to file go through Small Claims court to obtain Judgment and subsequent Writ of Enforcement. Once you have that, then a Registry office can file the Writ/Lien in the PPR system. The link below may assist you in starting the required process as we cannot provide further guidance beyond this. https://albertacourts.ca/pc/areas-of-law/civil
As there are no exact matches indicated on page 1 of your search, this confirms there are no liens registered against the VIN you have search in Alberta. The inexact matches that are listed on page 2 of your lien search are similar VIN numbers in the last 6 digits of the VIN you have searched. The VINs listed on page 2 do have a lien registered in Alberta.