Those unable to personally deliver Mechanic’s Liens to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office may be surprised by the long turn-around-time. Currently, it takes 4-6 weeks from the time the Lien is received until it is recorded. Additionally, it takes another 4-6 weeks for them to mail the original paperwork back to you, and neither the Lien document nor the Indexing Information are available on the web.
On the bright side, a Conforming Copy of the original document can be sent to you within 2 weeks after recordation. Conforming Copies are non-certified copies on a lien that have all of the indexing information: Document number, date & time of recording, etc. There is no extra fee if you include an additional copy of the notice and an additional Self Addressed Stamped Envelope. Be sure to indicate that you are requesting a Conforming Copy.
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Once a CALIFORNIA Mechanics Lien is recorded, as Claimant you are required to file suit to foreclose on the lien within ninety (90) days from date the CALIFORNIA Mechanics Lien was recorded. This deadline can be extended for up to a total of one (1) year with the consent of all legal parties by filing a CALIFORNIA Notice Of Credit for extension.