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Motor Vehicle Temporary Liens FAQs

Can I file a Motor Vehicle Temporary Lien online?
Yes you can file a Motor Vehicle Temporary Lien online. To do so click here.

Where do I find the application to file a Motor Vehicle Temporary Lien?
Click Here to prepare or file the application online.
You can find the printable form here.

How do I record a Motor Vehicle Temporary Lien?
A Motor Vehicle Temporary Lien may be obtained by filing the following information with the Division of Business Services:

  1. A completed Application for Motor Vehicle Temporary Lien, form SS-4258;
  2. Payment of the ten dollar ($10) filing fee

Once the application has been processed a cover letter and the form will be returned for your records.

Where do I mail my Motor Vehicle Temporary Lien application?
Tennessee Secretary of State
Business Services Division
MVTL Section
6th Floor, Snodgrass Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
Nashville, TN 37243

When does a Motor Vehicle Temporary Lien terminate?
A temporary lien properly filed with the Business Services Division automatically terminates after 180 days or upon being otherwise perfected, whichever occurs first. After 270 days, the temporary lien documents are purged from the filing system and destroyed.

Can I search the Motor Vehicle Temporary Lien database?
Click here for the Motor Vehicle Temporary Lien database.

Where do I find the law for the Motor Vehicle Temporary Lien program?
The law relating to the Motor Vehicle Temporary Lien program is found in the Tennessee Code at §55-3-126(f).  You can access the Tennessee Code at: Michie/LexisNexis.

Where can I find permanent Certificate of Title and Other Motor Vehicle Lien information?
Permanent Certificate of Title and other Motor Vehicle Lien information can be found at the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

Where can I find License Plate information?
License Plate information can be found at the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

Where can I find Driver’s License information?
Driver’s License information can be found at the Tennessee Department of Safety.