Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Graham County

If you’re filing a mechanics lien with the Graham County Recorder, you should take a look at Arizona’s lien laws to make sure you have the right to lien at all. Arizona’s lien laws are some of the strictest in the county, and there are a few limitations that dictate who can and who cannot file. Here are a few key areas:

  1. Arizona requires contractors to submit preliminary notices. If you furnished labor or materials for a project in Graham County, you need to send a Preliminary “20 day” Notice to the owner before filing in order to preserve your lien rights.
  2. If you’re required to be licensed but are not, you can’t file a mechanics lien. Getting your license is a good idea no matter which state you work in, however, it’s vital to protecting your right to lien in Arizona.
  3. You can only file a lien if you’re directly contracted with the owner. This rule excludes suppliers.

If you meet the prerequisites, filing a mechanics lien in Graham County is a straightforward process. This page helps you get started by providing you with useful information about the Graham Recorder’s Office. It includes Graham County’s recording requirements, margin and page size requirements, recording and copy fees, contact information, and more. You can also find out how to eRecord your lien in Graham County, as well as eFile your lien with Levelset in just a few clicks.

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

The Graham County Recorder’s Office is located at:

Graham County Recorder’s Office
921 Thatcher Blvd, 2nd Floor
Safford, AZ 85546

Phone: 928-428-3560
Fax: 928-428-8828

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 7am-6pm
eRecordings through 5pm on Fridays

Information regarding eRecording in Graham County can be found here.

The Graham County Recorder’s mailing address is:

P.O. Box 747
Safford, AZ 85548

What is Graham County's recording backlog?

The Graham County Recorder doesn’t publicly disclose recording backlog information.

Should my mechanics lien be filed in Graham County, or in some other county?

If the project is located in Graham County, you need to file your mechanics lien in Graham County.

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

Graham follows the recording requirements outlined by the State of Arizona. Here are the rules that apply to mechanics liens:

  1. Each mechanics lien must include a title or brief caption that describes the nature of the document.
  2. Each document must be an original or a certified copy of the original.
  3. Each document must have original signatures of carbon copies of original signatures.
  4. Documents may be no larger than 8.5 x 14, and font size may be no smaller than 10 point.
  5. The first page must have a margin of 2 inches at the top with .5 inch margins on the sides and bottom. All following pages must have a .5 margin on all sides, including the top and bottom.
  6. Any document which modifies a previously recorded document must state the recording date, and docket and page or sequence number of the document being modified.

Along with meeting the Graham County recording requirements, you should include the following information in your lien claim:

  1. Include a legal description of the property, which can be obtained from the Graham County Recorder’s Office.
  2. Along with your name, include the name of the property owner and the party that hired you.
  3. Include the amount of the lien claim. This should only factor in the value of the labor and materials furnished for the project.
  4. Since Arizona contractors are required to have a direct contract with the owner in order to file, include a statement for the terms of that contract.
  5. Include the date of completion for the project.
  6. Arizona contractors are also required to submit a preliminary notice before filing. Include the date the preliminary notice was sent. Additionally, you’ll need to attach a copy of the notice and a proof of mailing.
  7. Lastly, make sure your lien claim is signed and notorized.

What are the margin & page size requirements for Graham County?

The formatting requirements for mechanics liens in Graham County are as follows;

  1. The top of the first page must have a 2 inch margin and .5 inch margins on the sides and bottom.
  2. All following pages should have a .5 inch margin on all sides.
  3. Pages may be no larger than 8.5 x 14.
  4. Font size may be no smaller than 10 point, and black ink is required.

How can I make a payment to the Graham County Recorder?

The Graham County Recorder accepts the following forms of payment:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit/debit (extra fees may apply)
  • Money orders

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

The fee schedule for the Graham County Recorder’s Office is as follows:

Recording

Recording costs a flat fee of $30 in Graham County.

Copies

Copies cost $1 per page, and certification of copies costs $3 per document.

How do I get a recorded copy of my lien in Graham County?

If you’d like to receive a recorded copy of your mechanics lien in Graham County, you have three options.

In Person

Firstly, you can go to the Graham County Recorder’s Office located at:

Graham County Recorder’s Office
921 Thatcher Blvd, 2nd Floor
Safford, AZ 85546
Phone: 928-428-3560
Fax: 928-428-8828

By Mail

Secondly, you can send an Official Copy Request Form to the following address to obtain a recorded copy by mail:

P.O. Box 747
Safford, AZ 85548

Online

Thirdly, you can search Graham County’s Official Records to obtain a copy online.

Do I have the right to file a mechanics lien in Graham County?

Determining whether you have the right to file a mechanics lien in Graham County 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 Graham 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 Graham 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 Graham 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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