Lien Motor Vehicle Inquiry

Lien Motor Vehicle Inquiry

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It is a Lien inquiry that will enable the public, including businesses to determine if there is a financial lien or an unresolved financial obligation on an Arizona titled vehicle.

Watch for liens!

If you purchase a vehicle with a lien, you are responsible for payment of that lien before you can transfer the title into your name.

  • They appear on the front of the Arizona title, in the space marked "Lienholders"
  • They are generally for a defined period of time
  • When paid/satisfied, the vehicle owner receives a "notarized lien release"
  • Vehicle owner may take the notarized lien release to MVD or an Authorized Third Party provider to obtain a new Arizona title
  • Or, vehicle owner may give the buyer the signed and notarized Arizona title with a notarized lien release from the lienholder

  • They can be added electronically and are not shown on the Arizona title
  • They are not for a defined period of time and can be added or deleted at any time. Example: If a vehicle owner owes child support fees (Child Support lien) or court fines/fees (Operation of Law lien), a lien can be placed on the vehicle record that prevents the Arizona title from being transferred to a new owner until those fines/fees are paid
  • They must be paid before you can transfer the Arizona title into your name

  • Buyer and seller should go to MVD or an Authorized Third Party provider together to transfer the Arizona title. Many Authorized Third Party providers are open evenings and weekends
  • Do not pay for the vehicle until you have verified the Arizona title can be transferred

Please note: New liens are added to Arizona titled vehicles every day, therefore, you are taking a risk if you check the record and then pay for the vehicle at a later time.

The information provided through the Lien Motor Vehicle Inquiry reflects the most current information for the point in time of the request for the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) provided.

The Lien Motor Vehicle Inquiry service includes:

  • Enter Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Confirm vehicle information. Note: If the system returns a Motor Vehicle Inquiry response of "No Record Found" the fee is $1.50
  • Pay the fee
  • View and print/email the Lien Motor Vehicle Inquiry/Confirmation/Receipt
  • Complete an optional survey

The Lien Motor Vehicle Inquiry service provides financial and operation of law liens and/or obligation information for Arizona titled vehicles. There may be more than one record for the vehicle. The types of information that can be obtained through this service are:

  • If a financial lien exists on the Arizona title record for this vehicle
  • If an unresolved financial obligation exists on this Arizona titled vehicle and the vehicle is not eligible for transfer
  • If a financial lien and an unresolved financial obligation exists on this vehicle. This vehicle is not eligible for transfer
  • If there are currently no financial liens or unresolved financial obligations associated with this vehicle

  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • A valid Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit/debit/check card
  • A web browser that supports Secure Socket Layer (SSL)

Anyone who is looking into purchasing an Arizona titled vehicle and needs to verify there are no liens or financial obligations on the vehicle.

The fee for obtaining an online Lien Motor Vehicle Inquiry is $1.50 for each request.

The cost for this service is charged on a per inquiry response basis. For each response provided, the fee is $1.50. Therefore, if the system returns lien and/or financial obligation information as a response, the fee is $1.50. If the system returns a Lien Motor Vehicle Inquiry response of “No Record Found”, the fee is $1.50.

The “No Record Found” message may display when the VIN you entered was not found or is not associated with an Arizona titled vehicle.

Yes. Please confirm the information you provided before submitting payment; you will be charged $1.50.

The Federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act 18 U.S.C. 2721-2725, as well as Title 28, Chapter 2, Article 5 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, specifies that the personal information contained in your vehicle record may not be released to anyone without your consent, except when it is a matter of public health and safety, or when the individual or entity requesting such information is otherwise authorized to obtain it under federal law.

ServiceArizona is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day with the exception of the following time periods:

Transactions cannot be performed during the scheduled maintenance periods:

  • Between 11:50 PM and 12:10 AM daily; and
  • Between midnight and 2:00 AM each Sunday.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Motor Vehicle Division at one of the numbers listed below.

Phoenix: (602) 255-0072
Tucson: (520) 629-9808
Elsewhere in Arizona dial:    (800) 251-5866
Hearing/Speech Impaired-TDD systems only: Phoenix (602) 712-3222
  Elsewhere (800)324-5425

Nearest Motor Vehicle Division Office and Authorized Third Party provider
Emissions Station Locations or phone 1-877-MYAZCAR

For information regarding plate and fee to owner, click here.