UCC Filings - General Information

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The Secretary of State’s Office is responsible for the filing of UCC Article 9 Secured Transactions. The Uniform Commercial Code is a set of uniform laws governing commercial transactions. The Code covers the sale of goods, commercial paper, bank deposits and collections, letters of credit, bulk transfers, warehouse receipts, bills of lading and investment securities.
 
The Uniform Commercial Code governs commercial transactions.  Financing statements are filed by banks, mortgage companies, and other lending institutions against secured collateral

The Secretary of State’s Office, under Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, effective July 1, 2001, serves as the central filing office for financing statements regarding security interests. A financing statement indicates a commercial agreement between a debtor and a secured party.  Searches provide information on collateral. When a debtor pledges collateral on a loan,  UCC search results tell lenders if others have filed a claim against the same collateral.

General Filing Instructions

  1. Type or legibly print in dark ink the applicable UCC form in its entirety.  All forms are fillable, therefore you may type directly onto the pdf form or you may download and print the form.  All of the Secretary of State’s Forms may be found on the Forms and Fees page.
  2. Submit the proper form with the required fee.  A separate form should be submitted for each UCC transaction. 
  3. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

UCC Online Filing
 
For additional information on UCC Filings, please review the UCC Filings FAQs section.

To read the statutes governing the UCC Article 9 Secured Transactions, please follow the links in the guide below:
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t36c009.php

To obtain the forms for the Uniform Commercial Code Division, follow the link below:
 Uniform Commercial Code Division