Guide to filing construction documents in Jefferson County, Alabama

Contractors and suppliers working on a project within Jefferson County should get familiar with the Jefferson County Probate Office. This is the office that records documents related to the property, including mechanics liens and notices.

This page contains all of the information construction businesses need to file liens and other documents with the Jefferson County Probate Office, including locations, hours, fees, form downloads, and more..

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The mechanics lien rules in Alabama can be complex. Before recording a lien in Jefferson County, read Filing a Lien in Alabama: A Step-by-Step Guide to make sure you understand the process, and common mistakes.

Download Jefferson County Probate Office Forms:

Lien FAQs for Jefferson County

What types of documents can I file at the Jefferson County Probate Office?

This office records a variety of property-related documents, including:
Mechanics lien
Lien release
UCC lien

Which office records mechanics liens in Jefferson County, Alabama?

Filing in person

Jefferson County Probate Office has 2 for recording mechanics liens and other property documents:

716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. No.
Birmingham, Alabama, 35203
Phone: (205) 325-5420

Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Other Locations
Bessemer Division
Jefferson County Courthouse
Probate Court
1801 3rd Avenue North
Bessemer, AL 35020

E-Filing

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Who can file a lien in Jefferson County?

If you provided labor or materials on a construction project located in Jefferson County, Alabama, then your mechanics lien should be filed here. However, every state has specific rules about who has the right to file a lien, including notice requirements and specific deadlines. To make sure you are allowed to file a lien, visit the Alabama Mechanics Lien Guide & FAQ page.

What is the deadline to file a lien claim in Jefferson County, Alabama?

In Alabama, your deadline to file a mechanics lien is dependent upon your role in the project. In general:
General contractors have 6 months to file a lien after the last day of furnishing labor or materials. Subcontractors and suppliers have 120 days to file after last day of furnishing labor or materials.

What are the Jefferson County Probate Office fees to file a lien?

Here are the costs to file a mechanics lien in Jefferson County, Alabama:
$16 for the first page $3 for each additional page $5 if document exceeds 10 pages

Recording offices do update their fee structure periodically. We recommend contacting the Jefferson County Probate Office to verify the recording costs, especially before mailing a document.

Visit the Jefferson County Probate Office fees page for the latest information.

What forms of payment are accepted at the Jefferson County Probate Office?

Jefferson County Probate Office accepts the following forms of payment:

The Recording office will accept credit cards, cash, cashier’s check, money order, business check and local personal check with proper identification.

How do I release a lien in Jefferson County once I’ve been paid?

To cancel a lien previously recorded with the Jefferson County Probate Office, you will need to record a lien release.
Lien release fee:
(1 or 2 pages) – $33.00 & $2.00 per additional page over 2.

How do I get copies of documents from the Jefferson County Probate Office?

In Jefferson County, filed documents are public record. Copies of mechanics liens and other property documents are available upon request from the Jefferson County Probate Office.

In person

716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. No. Birmingham, 5203

Fees

Certified copy: $3.00

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