Search for Personal Property Information
Lien searches can be conducted on
- Individual debtor name
- Business debtor name
- Serial number for a vehicle, trailer, boat, airplane, outboard motor, or non-registered manufactured home
- Manufactured home registration number
- Department of Transportation (DOT) Number for a boat or aircraft
- Document registration number
Who searches and why
Buyers – prior to purchasing, to ensure the property has not been previously pledged as security by the owner or previous owner, and is currently free and clear of any encumbrances and liens.
Lenders – before lending money on the security of the personal property to ensure that the property has not previously been pledged as collateral for a loan and that the debtor is in a position to grant a security interest in the collateral.
How to Submit a Search Request
Include in your written request:
- What you are searching for (provide as much detail as you can)
- Your name and full return mailing address
- A contact phone number and/or email address
Submit your request (plus applicable fee) one of the following ways:
- In person at a Service BC location
- By mail
- Through a title search agent or service provider
- Through BC OnLine, if you are an account holder
The fee is $10.00 per search. A small service charge is applied at Service BC locations and BC OnLine. If using a service provider, ask about their fees.
For mail requests, include a cheque or money order, payable to the Minister of Finance.
The Personal Property Registry will provide the search results by return mail.
If you require specific details such as the status of the loan or amount outstanding, contact the secured party directly.