New Mechanic's Notice and Lien Registry System
Matt Schultz
Secretary of State
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
Iowa Secretary of State Seal
Chad Olsen (515) 242-6235

New Mechanic's Notice and Lien Registry System

New state-wide MNLR system preparing to go live January 1, 2013

(DES MOINES, Iowa)—This year the Iowa Legislature passed a law to create a new, statewide, online mechanic’s notice and lien registry system to be run by the Office of the Iowa Secretary of State, which also handles all business entity filings for the state. "We are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the mechanics lien registry. The new registry will be a valuable tool for contractors, homeowners and others involved in the construction industry in Iowa," Secretary Schultz said.

The new online registry will launch on January 1, 2013. However, the construction industry will need to include the web address and toll-free number in new contracts they are writing now. The Secretary of State's office is pleased to announce the following information:

Lien information previously was accessible only on a county-by-county basis. The new statewide system will provide a valuable service to those involved in the construction industry, including attorneys, banks, and contractors.

The new online system will also provide valuable protection for homeowners. "We're pleased to have worked with Iowa Finance Authority, the Secretary of State, members of private industry and others over the last few years in order to launch this online registry," Attorney General Tom Miller said. "The new registry represents a sincere effort to take a balanced approach toward protecting the interests of everyone impacted," Miller added. "It should go a long way toward protecting homeowners from some of the harm to consumers that we saw when contractors went out of business without paying their subcontractors."