Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Tompkins County

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

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

320 N. Tioga St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

Phone: (607) 274-5431

Office Hours

Open Monday-Friday: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

You can also file your documents electronically.

All of the documents you eRecord with the office must be done through one of the portal companies listed below.

CSC Corporation Service Company
(866) 652-0111
www.eRecording.com

CSC Powerpoint
CSC E-Recording Video

Simplifile:
Phone (801) 373-0151
website: www.simplifile.com

ePN
Phone (888)325-3365
email sales@erecordingpartners.net

To eRecord, you must sign up with one or both of these companies.

What is Tompkins County's Recording Backlog?

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

Should I file my mechanics lien in Tompkins County?

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

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

The Tompkins County Clerk’s recording requirements are as follows:

1. All personal checks must have a name and telephone number.

2. All papers presented for filing or recording must be legible or otherwise suitable for copying or recording by the scanning process.

3. All recordings not being returned to a box in the office must include a self addresesed stamped envelope.

4. Notations must be clearly stated on the back of the instrument.

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

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

The Tompkins County Clerk Office accepts cash or check for payment. All personal checks must have a name and telephone number.

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

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

Recording Fees

Deed, Mortgage, Miscellaneous
First Page: $50.00
Each additional page: $5.00
Notations: $0.50/each

Lien Fees

Mechanics Lien: $15.00
Affidavits of Service (for Mechanics Lien): $5.00
Extension of a Mechanics Lien: No Fee
Satisfaction of a Lien: No Fee

Copy Fees

Per Page: $0.65
Minimum: $1.30
To Certify: $5.00 per document

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

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

320 N. Tioga St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

Phone: (607) 274-5431

Office Hours
Open Monday-Friday: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

If the Clerk’s Office performs the search it is a $5.00 per name for land records back to 1968. For land record searches prior to 1968 it is $5 for every two years per name. Copies are $0.65 per page, $1.30 minimum. The fee to certify a document is an additional $5.00.

You can also search for Tompkins County Clerk’s land records online at:
https://countyfusion3.kofiletech.us/countyweb/login.do?countyname=Tompkins

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