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Notice of Lien - Definition
Claim of Lien - Form
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Transmittal Cover Letter - Form
Release of Lien - Form
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NVDC Filing - Guidelines
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Notice of Claim of Lien


How and when file a documented vessel notice of claim of lien with step by step instructions.

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The following steps will describe how to go about recording a Notice of Claim of Lien with the National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC). Visit WikiTags for more information about documented vessel lien claims.

Step - 1 - Determine the documentation status.

A claim of lien can only be filed on an actively documented vessel or whenever an application is in progress. This can be determined from the NVDC filing progress report shown in WikiLinks or by visiting the database category in BoatWiki. Keep in mind that document records and expiration dates may not always be current so you may need to confirm this by contacting the NVDC.

Step - 2 - Gather the ownership and lien information.

 In order to complete the filing process, you will need to identify the current owners, any outstanding mortgage holders or other lien claimants, and their addresses. If the vessel is actively documented you can order a copy of the documentation certificate and an abstract of title for such information (see NVDC Record Request form). If an application is in progress, you will need to request copies of such items from the NVDC.

Step - 3 - Complete the claim of lien forms.

The claim and declaration forms are available for download from WikiTags. Instructions on how to complete these can be found in WikiLinks.

Step - 4 - Send the owner and lien-holder notifications.

A copy of the executed claim of lien form must be sent to the owner and any outstanding mortgagees or lien claimants. These must go to the addresses shown on the certificate of documentation and abstract of title. Delivery receipts are not required. Once you have completed this, you can execute the declaration attachment. Notarization is required on the claim form, but not the declaration.

Step - 5 - Submitting the items.

Copies of the claim and declaration forms can be mailed or emailed to the NVDC with no need for a follow up with the originals. Instructions for doing this can be found in the WikiTags. As a payment option you can use the credit card payment form found in WikiTags. It is also a good idea to include the transmittal cover letter shown in WikiTags which provides the NVDC with your intent and contact information.

Step - 6 - Monitoring the progress.

If you submit everything by email, the NVDC will respond with a receipt acknowledgement. You can also check the NVDC filing progress report found in WikiLinks or contact them by telephone.


Once the claim has been settled it is very important to file a release of lien form which can be found in WikiTags. There is no cost for doing this. Please WikiShare your experience with these guidelines and let us know if we have missed anything.

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