Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) searches are complex, and it can be difficult to retrieve the results you need. Let CSC’s UCC experts guide you through this daunting and time-consuming task. Having mastered the nuances of the UCC search process, our team will help you structure your searches and organize your results. In the end, you’ll receive fast and accurate search results.

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We’ve mastered the ins and outs of different jurisdictions, so you don’t have to waste time researching indexes and search criteria to obtain the results you need.

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With our team working behind the scenes, you’ll receive fast, accurate results, organized according to your specifications.


CSC offers full service for law firms with the best, most tenured team in the business. Let the experts in law firm transactions help you with your UCC searches, assuring you of fast, accurate results nationwide with the industry’s largest database. CSC offers comprehensive search services for law firms, including:

  • UCC

  • Federal tax lien

  • State tax lien

  • Judgment and suit


  • What is the difference between a plain and certified search?

    A certified search is performed directly with a state filing office and uses the filing office’s internal UCC data. Generally, a certified search will generate a list of results that exactly match the name submitted after the filing office’s standard search logic has been applied. Certified search results will include a seal or filing officer signature to certify that it is a true and correct copy. A certified search is commonly used when the results need to be introduced as evidence in court, to run a search-to-reflect after filing, or to determine whether an error in a debtor name renders the financing statement seriously misleading.

    A plain search is generated from either a search feature on a state website or a proprietary database. A plain search uses flexible search logic to return a broader range of potentially relevant results than a certified search would. Plain searches are most commonly used for due diligence or information purposes, because they will pick up potentially effective records that would be missed by a certified search.

  • Where do we search?

    Generally, UCC searches are conducted at the state level (secretary of state). Fixtures are usually located at the county level (county recorder). Federal tax liens are searched at the both the state (secretary of state) and county level (recorder or circuit court) and may or may not contain the same information in both indexes. State tax liens are usually found at the county level (recorder or circuit court), however, some states like California and New York also have an index at the state level. Judgments are searched at the recorder and the circuit court at the county level and U.S. district court at the federal level. Suits are searched at the circuit court at the county level and the U.S. district court at the federal level. Bankruptcy is search at the U.S. bankruptcy court in each state.


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