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ComplianceFinanceMarch 30, 2017

Your UCC-3 primer: Learn what they are and how they work

UCC-3s are used in a variety of transactions, and they are a key part of the life cycle of a loan.  Learn more about how UCC-3s help you to secure your assets.

A UCC-3 is defined as a filing used to make any changes to a UCC-1 filing, including continuing or terminating the filing. In short, UCC-3s are amendment filings, and there are five different types:

Continuations – This type of filing extends the life of the financing statement by another five years.

Party amendments – This type of filing is used to change or add critical information about the debtor or the secured party. For example, they can be used to change the name or the address.

Collateral amendments – This type of filing is used to add collateral, remove collateral, or restate the entire collateral description. Prior to the UCC RA9, collateral amendments were also called “releases.”

Assignments – This type of filing is used to transfer the rights in a filing from one secured party to another. There are both “partial” and “full” assignments.

Terminations – This type of filing is used to extinguish the lien before its five-year term has ended. Keep in mind that debtors can file terminations, because RA9 does not require any signatures on the filings. Therefore, you may not be aware that one of your liens has been terminated. Select service providers offer monitoring services, which will let you know when another party files a termination on one of your UCCs.

Common UCC-3 filing mistakes

  • Incorrect file number – Normally, this is because a state has changed the format of its filing numbers.
  • Incorrect file date – With the help of a service provider’s technology and service professionals, retrieving all of the correct filing data becomes less of a risk.
  • Continuation not filed within proper window – Continuations can be filed either too early or too late. It is always best to make changes as soon as possible, but as a few guidelines: 1) changes to the debtor’s name must be filed within four months of the name change; 2) in most cases, continuations may be submitted no earlier than six months prior to the expiration date (every five years); in all other cases, file as soon as possible.
  • Multiple transactions on the same form - Prior to RA9, a number of states would allow multiple transactions — for example, a continuation and an amendment on the same form. More than half of all states now require only one transaction per form. This allows a UCC to be filed electronically for faster filings and acknowledgment and lower cost in many states.

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Amanda Rasizzi of Lien Solutions
Director of Marketing
Amanda Rasizzi is Director of Marketing for Wolters Kluwer Lien Solutions. She oversees all marketing activities for the company. Rasizzi and her team communicate the company’s array of lien management, risk management, and life-of-loan solutions to prospects and clients, support the selling efforts of the Lien Solutions organization, and position the organization as an industry market leader.