Be Careful When Filing Your Mechanic’s Lien by Mail

Filing a mechanic’s lien requires that you actually take your mechanic’s lien form and record it in the proper recording office in the county where the project’s property is located. Most county recorders will accept documents for recording by regular mail, overnight delivery or in-person hand delivery.

In most instances, sending your lien for recording by any of these methods will be fine. As with everything, however, there are exceptions.

Back in 2008, I wrote a blog post here warning about delays and backlogs with certain California recorder offices.  At the time in Los Angeles, for example, liens sent for filing by mail could get held up and not recorded for more than six weeks!  Practically speaking, this means you could send a lien for filing with 5 weeks to spare on your deadline, and still not file it in time.

Unfortunately, the backlog in Los Angeles persists even today.  And there are a host of other counties across the country with backlogs from a few days to a few weeks, and you should be very careful about sending them a lien for recording via regular mail or overnight delivery. In these counties, sending the lien with a courier is the best bet.


Scott Wolfe Jr

About Scott Wolfe Jr

Scott Wolfe Jr. is the CEO of zlien, a company that provides software and services to help building material supply and construction companies reduce their credit risk and default receivables through the management of mechanics lien and bond claim compliance. He is also the founding author of The Lien and Credit Journal, a leading online publication about liens, security instruments and getting paid on every account. Scott is a licensed attorney in six states with extensive experience in corporate credit management and collections law, with a specific emphasis on utilizing mechanic liens, UCC filings and other security instruments to protect and manage receivables. You can connect with him via Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.