Uniform Commercial Code
The Uniform Commercial Code Division operates a filing and retrieval center
for UCC financing statements at the state level. If a secured party wishes to
perfect a security interest in a collateral when the proper place to file is the
Office of the Secretary of State, they must submit a UCC-1 form to the UCC
Division with the appropriate fees.
All filings submitted to the UCC Division are given an exclusive filing number.
To comply with federal and state law, financing statements are filed
alphabetically and numerically. In the event that a secured party wishes to
terminate, continue, release part of the collateral, assign a new secured party
or amend the original financing statement, a UCC-3 form is filed with reference
to the original file number. A UCC-5 form may be used to put information on the index -
this will not make changes to the information filed on a UCC-1 or a UCC-3.
Requests for information on UCC filings require a UCC-11 to be filed. In recent years,
the UCC Division began accepting state and federal tax liens for filing. State and
federal tax liens are handled in the same manner as the UCC-1 financing statements.
If attachments are required for forms UCC-1 or UCC-3, please use forms UCC-1AD
or UCC-3AD respectively.
Filers are encouraged to use the national forms which may be downloaded to the
left under UCC / Download Forms.
There are more than 500,000 documents on file in the UCC office. Approximately
300-500 statements are received daily. Any citizens who want to determine if
the stated collateral has been previously perfected may conduct an Advanced Search
(to the left under UCC) online OR submit a UCC-11 request
for information form and a search will be conducted by the debtor's name. Copies
of individual filings or all filings in a given debtor's name are available upon
11 S. Union St., Suite 219
Montgomery, AL 36130
PO Box 5616
Montgomery, AL 36103-5616