Guide to filing a mechanics lien in DeKalb County

Where is the DeKalb County Recorder's Office that files mechanic liens?

You can file your mechanic liens in person at the DeKalb County Clerk of Superior Court Real Estate Division located at:

Ground Floor
556 N. McDonough Street
Decatur, GA 30030

Phone: 404- 371-2836

Monday thru Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The DeKalb County Clerk of Superior Court is also currently accepting real estate documents through e-recording. The following resources accept e-Record files:

Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority https://www.gsccca.org/

GOePN: https://www.goepn.com

CSC: http://www.erecording.com

Simplifile: https://simplifile.com

You can visit one of the above links to connect to an e-Recording resource.

What is DeKalb County's Recording Backlog?

The DeKalb County Clerk of Superior Court’s Office does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog.

Should I file my mechanics lien in DeKalb County?

If your construction project is located in DeKalb County, then yes, you should file your lien here.

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

The DeKalb County Clerk of Superior Court’s recording requirements are as follows:

1. Documents must be complete before recording.
2. Most documents must be signed, witnessed and notarized.
3. All deeds of conveyance must have a printed, complete PT-61 (can be completed online, GSCCCA.org/file or in the Notary/Trade name
area of the Clerk’s office.)
4. State Identification is required for any filing.
5. Bond to Discharge Lien – Bond, Security or Cash, must be double the amount of the lien if commercial property or must state residential. Clerk must approve bond before it is recorded. Authority O.C.G.A 44-14-364
6. Materialmen / Laborers Lien – Must be filed within 90 days from the date of completion of work or last day materials were furnished. Authority O.C.G.A. 44-14-361
7. Cross References – Incur a fee of $2.00 per cross reference on any document presented for recording.

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

There are no specific formatting requirements for mechanics liens filed in the state of Georgia.

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

The DeKalb County Clerk of Superior Court’s Office accepts credit cards, cash, money orders and in some cases business checks made payable to the Clerk of Superior Court. Note that there is a credit card surcharge of 2% fee +$1.00.

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

The DeKalb County Clerk of Superior Court’s recording fees are as follows:

Lien Fees

General Execution, Lien Docket or U.S. Judgement

Recording: $10.00 for the first page, $2.00 for each additional page and $2.00 for each additional cross-reference

Cancellation /Release: $10.00 for the first page, $2.00 for each additional page and $2.00 for each additional cross-reference

Materialman Lien Filing / Cancellation: $5.00 for the first page, $2.00 for each additional page and $2.00 for each additional cross-reference

Hospital Lien: 5.00 for the first page, $2.00 for each additional page and $2.00 for each additional cross-reference

Federal Tax Lien: 5.00 for the first page, $2.00 for each additional page and $2.00 for each additional cross-reference

Notice of Commencement: 5.00 for the first page, $2.00 for each additional page and $2.00 for each additional cross-reference

Copy Fees

Copies (clerk assisted): $1.00 per page
Copies (with acct.): $0.50 per page
Certified Copy: $2.50 for the first page and $0.50 for each additional page

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

You can obtain a recorded copy of your lien in person at the DeKalb County Clerk of Superior Court Real Estate Division located at:

Ground Floor
556 N. McDonough Street
Decatur, GA 30030

Phone: 404- 371-2836

Monday thru Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Copy fees are as follows:

Copies (clerk assisted): $1.00 per page
Copies (with acct.): $0.50 per page
Certified Copy: $2.50 for the first page and $0.50 for each additional page

You can search DeKalb County’s Lien Index online at:
https://search.gsccca.org/Lien/lienindex.asp

Every user must have an account to view and print images. The monthly charge for a regular account is $11.95. The cost to subscribe for a Single-Use account is a one-time activation fee of $5.00. However, a Single-Use account can be upgraded to a Regular account any time before the account expires.

The images may be viewed without charge and may be printed for a charge of $0.50 per page. Any method of accessing the images other than by printing is strictly prohibited.

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