How to File a Motor Vehicle Lien
Definition of a lien: A lien is a legal claim on the property of another individual, for the satisfaction of a debt. Eligible items for motor vehicle liens are automobiles, boats, motorcycles, mobile homes and trailers.
The Madison County Clerk’s Office strives to process all Title Lien Filing Statements in a timely and efficient manner.
To file a lien, a customer may mail or bring in person, the following items:
Original Kentucky Title orRegistration Receipt with RED "FOR LIEN PURPOSE ONLY" stamp and the raised seal. As well as space to file the lien on the title. See examples below.
Completed Title Lien Filing Statement (TC96-187)
Payment of $22.00 (If 20 days past the registration date you must submit payment of $24.00).
|Registration Receipt||Lien Area of a Title||Title Lien Filing Statement|
The Madison County Clerk's Office does not provide Title Lien Searches.
It is never a good idea to leave your Title in your vehicle.
How to Release a Lien from a Vehicle
To release a lien, a customer may mail or deliver in person the following documents:
Completed Release/Termination Statement (TC96-187) See Example Below. (All yellow areas must be completed.)
Original Kentucky Title
If the lien was released but is still listed on the Title as an active lien, the Title can be brought/sent to the Clerks Office. Our staff will stamp the title, showing the lien has been released and return it to the owner.
Lien will not be released under the following conditions:
Release information is listed on the orginial lien filing statement (TC96-187)
Missing or incorrect File Number
Missing or incorrect File Date
Missing Debtor or Secured Party information
Missing Vehicle Infomation
Missing Signature and Dated of Secured Party.
Example of Release Statement
If you need a copy of a Lien Release, the following fees will be charged:
A copy is .25 cents per page
Fax copies are $1.00. This fee must be received prior to our office sending the Fax.
If requesting a copy of a lien via mail, provide the following information:
Self Addressed Stamped Envelope
Written Request containing the following information
Mail request to:
Madison County Clerk's Office
101 W. Main St.
Richmond, Ky 40475
To inquire about the release of a lien:
Call 859-624-4703 #4. Please have the Title Number and Vehicle Owners Name ready when you call.