Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Queens County

Where is the Queens County Clerk's Office that files mechanic's liens?

You can file your mechanic liens in person at the Queens County Clerk’s Office located at:

88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Room 106
Jamaica New York, 11435

Office: (718) 298-0609

What is Queens County's Recording Backlog?

The Queens County Clerk’s Office does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog.

Should I file my mechanic's lien in Queens County?

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

What are Queens County's requirements for recording a mechanic's lien?

Queens County follows the regulations outlined by New York State law. Their recording requirements are as follows:

1. Provide your name and information. If you’re being represented by an attorney, provide their information as well.
2. Provide the property owner’s name and information. You can get this information from ACRIS, the New York efiling database.
3. Include a statement for the materials procured and labor provided.
4. Using the statement of materials and labor, calculate your lien amount. Keep in mind that overestimating the lien amount will result in hefty fines.
5. Include the first and last dates of performance. In other words, the first and last days that work was done on the jobsite.
6. Include the legal property description. This information can, again, be obtained through ACRIS or through the Queens County Clerk’s office.
7. Finally, get your lien claim witnessed and notarized.

In New York, you must serve the property owner with a copy within 30 days of filing. Otherwise, the lien is invalidated.

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

The Queens County Clerk follows the state’s regulations here too. They are:

1. Liens must be printed on 8.5 x 11 or 8.5 x 14 pages.
2. The minimum font size is 8 point.
3. No contrast or colors. Ink must be black on white paper to be legible on the Optical Imaging System.
If any portion of the document isn’t legible, the lien may be rejected.

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

All fees are payable to the Queens County Clerk by New York State Attorneys’ checks, U.S. postal money orders and certified bank checks. Cash is only accepted when paying in person. No personal checks are accepted.

The Queens County Clerk’s Office now accepts credit card payments for all transactions. They accept VISA, MASTERCARD and AMEX.

What are the filing fees to record a mechanic's lien in Queens County?

The Queens County Clerk’s recording fees are as follows:

Lien Fees

Mechanic’s Lien: $30.00
Affidavit of Service of Mechanic’s Lien: $5.00

Copy Fees

Copy: $0.65 cents per page with a minimum fee of $1.50

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

You can obtain a copy of your lien in person at the Queens County Clerk’s Office located at:

88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Room 106
Jamaica New York, 11435

Office: (718) 298-0609

Copying fee of $0.65 per page is required with a minimum fee of a $1.50 for copies of the documents.

You can also search for property records and view document images for Queens County online at: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/finance/taxes/acris.page

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