Lien Check Service Introduction
If you are thinking of buying a car, trailer, mobile home, boat or other personal property, you should find out if any money is owed on that item. If you buy, you could be responsible to pay the amount owed, or the item could be seized and sold in order to pay the amount owed.
Lien Check provides a way to know before you buy. Lien Check will search the Personal Property Registry in order to identify if there is money owed or other registered interests that could impact you.
To use Lien Check you will need the following:
- A computer or mobile device with Internet access.
- Adobe Reader or other software able to read the PDF report that will be displayed to you.
- The serial number of the item, such as the motor vehicle identification number.
- A valid credit card to pay for the Lien Check Service.
You may use Lien Check to search for the following types of personal property:
- motor vehicle (including cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, and snowmobiles)
- mobile home
- outboard motor
You should NOT use Lien Check to search for other goods like computers, televisions, home appliances, or tools. Though they may feature a serial number, they are not listed by serial number within the Personal Property Registry.
Lien Check is available for the following provinces and territories:
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
Read how to better understand your Lien Check search result report.
If you’d like help with Lien Check, call the ACOL Client Support Centre.
If you have used Lien Check and had a problem, read how to make a Lien Check refund request.
If you think you need extra help, and are willing to pay more for professional assistance, there are value-added service providers throughout Canada who provide Personal Property Registry search services.
If you have regular need for Lien Check or if you also need to search the Personal Property Registry in other ways, you may want to sign up for PPRS access.
If your province or territory is not included in the list above, a similar service that may be available in your jurisdiction: go to other Canadian jurisdictions.