Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Apache County

Although mechanics liens are one of the best, and most commonly used, methods to combat nonpayment, the filing process can be complicated. Because Arizona has some of the strictest lien laws in the country, contractors need to do their research to make sure they know where to file, understand the filing requirements, and determine whether or not they have the right to file at all. Here are three of the main points in Arizona’s law to help you get started:

  1. Contractors must submit a Preliminary Notice first. That is, if you furnished materials and labor for a project be have left unpaid after its completion, you need to submit a Preliminary “20 day” Notice to the owner before you file a lien.
  2. In order to file a lien, contractors must be licensed. It’s always a good idea to get licensed, and in Arizona, only licensed contractors have lien rights.
  3. Lastly, you must be directly contracted with the owner to file a mechanics lien. This means not every party involved in a project is protected. If you don’t have a written contract with the property owner, you won’t be able to file a lien.

This page includes useful information about where to file a mechanics lien in Apache County, as well as the Apache County Recorder’s filing requirements, fees, filing methods, and other relevant information.

Where is the Apache Recorder's Office that files mechanics liens?

Mechanics liens can be recorded in Apache County at the Apache County Recorder’s Office at:

75 W Cleveland St
St. Johns, AZ 85936
Phone: (928) 337-7515
Fax: (928) 337-7676

Hours: Mon-Thurs 6:30am-5:30pm

The Apache County Recorder’s Office mailing address is:

PO Box 425
St. Johns, AZ 85936
Phone: (928) 337-7515
Fax: (928) 337-7676

What is Apache County's Recording Backlog?

The Apache County Recorder’s Office does not publicly disclose information regarding recording backlogs.

Should I file my mechanics lien in Apache County?

If the project is located in Apache county, then yes, you will want to record your lien with the Apache County, Florida Recorder’s office.

What are Apache County's requirements for recording a mechanics lien?

The Apache County Recorder’s Office recording requirements specific to mechanics liens are as follows:

1. Title or Caption – Each document must have a title or caption briefly stating the nature of the document.

2. Original or Copy – Each document must be an original or a certified copy of the original, and shall be sufficiently legible for recorder to make certified copies from the photographic or micrographic record.

3. Signatures – Each document must have original signatures or carbon copies of original signatures, except when otherwise provided by law.
Document and Print Size Each document must be no larger than 8 1/2 inches wide by 14inches long, and shall have a print size no smaller than 10 point type.

4. Margins – Each document must have at least a one-half inch margin across the bottom and the left and right sides from the top to the bottom. The first page shall have a top margin of at least two inches of vertical space from left to right, and shall be reserved for recordation and return address information.

Additionally, you must include the following information in your lien claim:

1. The legal description of the property.

2. Your name and address, along with the property owner’s name and address, the hiring party’s name and address, and your attorney’s name and address if one is representing you.

3. The lien amount, which is based on the cost of furnishing labor and materials for the project in question.

4. The statement of the contract terms.

5. The date of the project’s completion. Also, include the date on which improvements were completed.

6. Include the statement for the Preliminary Notice, and attach any proof of delivery to the property owner.

7. Lastly, get your lien claim signed and notarized.

What are the margin & page size requirements to file a lien in Apache County?

Mechanics liens filed in Apache County, and in Arizaona as a whole, must follow these page size and margin requirements:

1. Page size must be no larger than 8.5 x 14.

2. Type may be no smaller than 10 point.

3. The first page of your mechanics lien must have a 2 inch margin on the top with a half-inch (.5) margin on the sides and bottom.

4. All subsequent pages must have a half-inch (.5) margin on all sides.

How can I make payment to the Apache County Recorder's Office?

The Apache County Recorder’s Office accepts:

  • Checks
  • Cash
  • Money orders
  • Debit and credit payments

What are the filing fees to record a mechanics lien in Apache County?

The Apache County Recorder’s filing fees are as follows:

Recording

Recording mechanics liens in Apache County costs a flat fee of $30.

Copies

Copies of recorded documents in Apache County cost:

$1 per page
$3 for certified copies per document

How do I get a recorded copy of my lien from the Apache County Recorder's Office?

You can get a recorded copy of your mechanics lien in Apache County by:

Going into the Recorder’s Office in person at:

75 W Cleveland St
St. Johns, AZ 85936
Phone: (928) 337-7515
Fax: (928) 337-7676

Hours: Mon-Thurs 6:30am-5:30pm

Sending in a request to the mailing address at:

PO Box 425
St. Johns, AZ 85936
Phone: (928) 337-7515
Fax: (928) 337-7676

Or by searching Apache County’s Official Records online at:

https://www.thecountyrecorder.com/Introduction.aspx?CountyKey=5&jsEnabled=1

Do I have the right to file a mechanics lien in Apache, Arizona ?

Determining whether you have the right to file a mechanics lien in Apache, AZ depends on your situation. Generally speaking, every state gives those who have furnished labor and/or materials to a construction project the right to file a mechanics lien if unpaid for the furnishing. The same is true in Arizona. However, there are some state-specific limitations as to who is qualified to file a mechanics lien that is important when considering whether you have the right to file a mechanics lien in Apache County, AZ.

You can read more about lien rights and if you have the right to file a lien on our Arizona Mechanics Lien Resources page.

What is the deadline to file a mechanics lien in Apache County?

Once a Notice of Completion or Cessation has been filed by the property owner, contractors have 60 days to record a mechanics lien. Additionally, contractors have 120 days to file after the completion of the work of improvement.

In Arizona, and in Apache County, the time to file a mechanics lien is triggered by the completion of improvements, not the last furnishing of labor and/or materials for a project.

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