FAQ

Personal Property Registrations and Searches

Can I mail my documents to the Personal Property Registry for registration and/or a search?

Can I do a search in Alberta for an interest that was registered in another province?

How can I tell what the registration date is of a registered document?

How do you enter the debtor name for the estate of a deceased person?

Is there a fee for a discharge?

Why does the garage keeper have to file the lien within 21 days?

A garage keeper has failed to register his interest within 21 days from the date he released the vehicle. What can he do now?

What can a garage keeper do if he does not have a Court Order to extend the time of the lien and the registration expires tomorrow?

Why can't a farm vehicle be registered as the serial # collateral for some types of registration?

Can I mail my documents to the Personal Property Registry for registration and/or a search?    Back to top

No, documents must be sent to an AARA member registry agent or if you have access to Registries On-line, you may perform some registrations or searches directly.

Can I do a search in Alberta for an interest that was registered in another province?    Back to top

No, a search must be performed in the province where the interest is registered.

How can I tell what the registration date is of a registered document?    Back to top

Consider the following example - registration number 99081203457
  • the first two digits are the year - 99 (1999)
  • the third and fourth digits are the month - 08 (August)
  • the fifth and sixth digits are the day of the month - 12 The full 11 digits together constitute a registration number.

Each registration number is unique and is not duplicated. Each and every document is assigned a new number reflecting the date.



How do you enter the debtor name for the estate of a deceased person?    Back to top

On a registration, select 'B' (Other) for the field titled 'Name Type'. Record the first name, middle name and last name of the deceased followed by the word 'Estate'.

Is there a fee for a discharge?    Back to top

There is no government fee for a complete discharge.

Why does the garage keeper have to file the lien within 21 days?    Back to top

The Garage Keepers' Lien Act specifies 21 days.

A garage keeper has failed to register his interest within 21 days from the date he released the vehicle. What can he do now?    Back to top

The garage keeper may make application to the Civil Division of the Provincial Court to file a civil claim by contacting the Clerk of the Court.

What can a garage keeper do if he does not have a Court Order to extend the time of the lien and the registration expires tomorrow?    Back to top

The garage keeper may make application to the Civil Division of the Provincial Court to file a civil claim by contacting the Clerk of the Court.

Why can't a farm vehicle be registered as the serial # collateral for some types of registration?    Back to top

A farm vehicle (category code FV) is defined only in the Garage Keepers' Lien Act. Because of this, a FV is only recognized when registering a Garage Keepers' Lien, or other registrations that are associated with a Garage Keepers' Lien (i.e. Writ of Enforcement, Attachment Order, Court Order).