2019 Texas Statutes
Property Code
Title 3 - Public Records
Chapter 14 - Uniform Federal Lien Registration Act
Section 14.004. Duties of Filing Officer

Universal Citation: TX Prop § 14.004 (2019)

Sec. 14.004. DUTIES OF FILING OFFICER. (a) If a notice of federal lien, a refiling of a notice of federal lien, or a notice of revocation of any certificate described in Subsection (b) is presented to a filing officer who is:

(1) the secretary of state, he shall cause the notice to be marked, held or placed on microtext, and indexed in accordance with the provisions of Section 9.519, Business & Commerce Code, as if the notice were a financing statement within the meaning of that code; or

(2) any other officer described in Section 14.002, he shall endorse thereon his identification and the date and time of receipt and forthwith file it alphabetically in the real property records and if requested by the party submitting the document, in the personal property files or enter it in an alphabetical index for real or personal property, as appropriate, showing the name and address of the person named in the notice, the date and time of receipt, the title and address of the official or entity certifying the lien, and the total amount appearing on the notice of lien.

(b) If a certificate of release, nonattachment, discharge, or subordination of any lien is presented to the secretary of state for filing he shall:

(1) cause a certificate of release or nonattachment to be marked, held, and indexed as if the certificate were a termination statement within the meaning of the Uniform Commercial Code, but the notice of lien to which the certificate relates may not be removed from the files; and

(2) cause a certificate of discharge or subordination to be marked, held, and indexed as if the certificate were a release of collateral within the meaning of the Uniform Commercial Code.

(c) If a refiled notice of federal lien referred to in Subsection (a) or any of the certificates or notices referred to in Subsection (b) is presented for filing to any other filing officer specified in Section 14.002, he shall permanently attach the refiled notice or the certificate to the original notice of lien unless the document is on microtext and therefore not in the files of the filing officer and enter the refiled notice or the certificate with the date of filing in any alphabetical lien index on the line where the original notice of lien is entered.

(d) Upon request of any person, the filing officer shall issue his certificate showing whether there is on file, on a date and time specified by the filing office, but not a date earlier than three business days before the date the filing office receives the request, any notice of lien or certificate or notice affecting any lien filed under this chapter or filed under the Uniform Federal Tax Lien Registration Act (Subchapter C, Chapter 113, Tax Code) on or after January 1, 1972, naming a particular person, and if a notice or certificate is on file, giving the date and hour of filing of each notice or certificate. The amount of the fee for a certificate is the same as the amount of the fee provided by Section 9.525(d), Business & Commerce Code. Upon request, the filing officer shall furnish a copy of any notice of federal lien. The fee for a copy furnished under this section is in the amount provided by Section 405.031, Government Code.

(e) Section 9.523, Business & Commerce Code, applies to a federal lien filed under this chapter.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 945, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 414, Sec. 2.34, eff. July 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 547 (S.B. 1699), Sec. 10, eff. September 1, 2009.

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