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Personal Property Lien and Debtor Checks in Alberta

online-property-search-alberta-lien-rerigistries-plusNew! You can now do Alberta lien and debtor searches online and get immediate results

Lien Search – $16.75

A lien search determines if there are any registrations for specific serial number goods. It’s always a good idea to do a lien search before you purchase or accept as collateral any property of significant value. You wouldn’t want to be out of pocket thousands of dollars (or worse, owe the bank) for property which another party has a prior lien registered against.

In order to search for liens against property, you will need the serial number/VIN. You can search for liens against aircraft, boat, mobile homes, motor vehicles, outboard motors for a boat, off-road vehicles and trailers.

Use the entire serial number as defined by the  Personal Property Security Regulation. Do not include in the serial number any hyphens, words, punctuation marks, or symbols that are not part of the actual serial number. Only one serial number may be searched per search request.

The Alberta Personal Property Registry Electronic System (APPRES) does not record the amount owing/involved for some registrations. Persons requesting searches should contact the secured party or creditor for more information.

All information registered on APPRES will have a status of “current” or “deleted”. It is very important to check the status of information being provided on a search result.

Debtor Searches – $16.75

You may wish to do a search on an Individual or Business before entering into business, lending money to, or doing services on credit for an individual or business.

An Individual Debtor Search determines if there are any registrations for a specific individual debtor name. Use the full legal name of the debtor, in the following format:

Last name, First Name, Middle Name

Only one individual debtor name may be searched per search request.

A Business Debtor Search determines if there are any registrations for a specific business debtor name. Use the full legal business name of the debtor. Only one business debtor name may be searched per search request.

All information in the Alberta Personal Property Registry  is public domain information. We can search Alberta’s Personal Property Registry Information System database for liens or encumbrances that have been registered in Alberta against a vehicle, personal property, individual, or business.

A Lien Search only provides information on liens registered in Alberta. Please contact us at 403.272-5513 for help with out-of-province Lien Searches.

Volume Search Services for Businesses

Registries Plus has a dedicated Accounts team to take care of businesses who do regular property searches and we do offer competitive rates for large volume search requests. Call us at 403.272-5513 ext 615.

Register an Interest in Property

At Registries Plus, we have many years of experience with registering liens, security agreements and writs of enforcement with the Alberta Personal Property Registry. Here are some of the services that our experienced registry staff can provide:

  • security agreements
  • writs of enforcement
  • discharges and renewals
  • distribution seizure
  • garagekeeper’s liens

Please call us at 403 272-5513 to discuss your Personal Property registry service or come visit us during regular hours – no appointment required.

Personal Property Forms

We make these forms available as a service to you – you may wish to fill them out before you come to our office to make sure that you have all the pertinent details you will need to register your interest. They are also available in our office.


Search Request for Debtor Name, Serial Number or Registration Number

Financing Statement

Attachment Order Financing Statement

Financing Change Statement

Financing Statement PPSA or Sale of Goods Act

Garagekeepers Lien

Maintenance Order

Status Report Addendum

Writ of Enforcement

Writ of Enforcement Addendum

Writ of Seizure and Sale (Federal Writ)