Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Aransas County

Unfortunately, slow payment and non-payment is a common feature of the construction industry. Each state has its own set of lien laws to protect contractors from issues like these, however, they aren’t all created equal. For example, Texas grants strong lien rights to contractors, but they’re extremely complicated when compared to the lien laws in other states. Before you record your lien claim with the Aransas County Clerk, you need to do your research to make sure you meet the filing requirements for both Texas and Aransas County.

Here’s a summary of the Texas preliminary notice requirements, which are the main source of confusion for lien claimants:

  1. Lien Claimants need to send recurring monthly preliminary notices. In other states, contractors only need to send one; but not in Texas. To make sure you meet these preliminary notice requirements, see our Texas Notice Guide.
  2. Texas homesteads are different from ordinary residences. That is, if you aren’t contracted directly with the property owner on a homestead, it’s the general contractor’s responsibility to maintain their lien prerequisites. If they don’t you lose your right to file a mechanics lien.
  3. Preliminary notice deadlines and mechanics lien deadlines are confusing in Texas. Texas lien claimants have until the 15th day of the 4th month after the last month work was performed on the construction project. That isn’t always the case, though.

Since this is just a brief summary, we recommend you take a look at our Texas Lien Law guide and FAQ to learn more.

This page helps you avoid making mistakes when recording your mechanics lien  with the Aransas County Clerk. You can find Aransas County’s recording requirements, recording fees, formatting requirements, and contact information, as well as information regarding how you can eFile your lien with Levelset in just a few clicks.

Refer to our step-by-step guide to Filing A Texas Mechanics Lien for a breakdown of the entire process along with the lien documents you need to file in Aransas County.

Where is the Aransas County Clerk's Office that files mechanics liens?

You can file your mechanics liens in person at the Aransas County Clerk’s office located at:

Aransas County Courthouse
2840 HWY 35 N
Rockport, TX 78382-5711

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Phone: 361-790-0122
Fax: (361) 790-0119

What is Aransas County's Recording Backlog?

The Aransas County Clerk does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog.

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

If the project is located in Aransas county, then yes, you will want to record your lien with the Aransas County, Texas Clerk’s office.

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

Generally, filing a lien in Texas is one of the more difficult states. Texas has a variety of required documents being exchanged and very strict deadlines for a valid lien claim.

The Aransas County, Texas requirements for recording a mechanics lien are:

1. Verify you have the right to file a valid lien. This includes having sent a monthly notice for each month labor or materials were furnished on a project. A monthly notice must be sent the second and third month for every month work is performed. This can be confusing but basically this means if you furnished labor this month, your deadline to send a two month and third month notice are two and three months from now, respectively. It’s important to keep in mind that if you perform work on the same construction job in Texas for two consecutive months you will need to have sent a total of 4 notices to retain lien rights. So if work was performed in January, your deadline would be March and April for a 2 and 3 month notice. Keep in mind it’s a little more complex if the labor or materials furnished were for a Homestead project.

2. Draft your Texas affidavit of lien form (mechanics lien claim) for your specific role on the job. The forms are different for general contractors vs. subcontractors so make sure you use the correct form. Not doing so could invalidate your lien claim! Make sure all required fields are completed and call the county Clerk if you have questions about specific required fields. Again, submitting a mechanics lien claim in Texas not completed correctly could lead to an invalid claim returned to you, potentially leading to a missed lien deadline. Be sure to include other relevant attachments as well.

3. File your lien claim with the County Clerk’s office where work was performed.

4. Send a copy of your lien claim to the Property Owner and General Contractor (if you were a second-tier contractor or supplier). This is important as sending a copy of the lien may expedite payment as the Property Owner or General Contractor may not learn a lien was filed on the property if not contacted.

To learn more about filing your lien claim and other requirements, learn more from our How to File a Texas Mechanics Lien Step by Step Guide.

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

The margin requirements for filing a lien in Aransas County are 2 inch margins at the top of the first page with .5 margins on all other sides. All other pages must have .5 inch margins on all sides. Your lien claim should be filed on Letter size 8.5 x 11 inch paper. Not following these margin and paper size requirements may invalidate your lien claim.

How can I make payment to the Aransas County Clerk?

The Aransas County Clerk accepts Cash (in person), Check (In State Only with Proper ID), or Money Order.

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

The Aransas County Clerk’s recording fee is $21.00 for the first page and $4.00 for each additional page.

How do I get a recorded copy of my lien from Aransas County Clerk's Office?

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

Aransas County Courthouse
2840 HWY 35 N
Rockport, TX 78382-5711

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
and 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 361-790-0122
Fax: (361) 790-0119

Do I have the right to file a mechanics lien in Aransas, Texas?

Determining if you have the right to file a lien in Aransas County, Texas can be complicated. Texas has one of the most complex lien laws in the U.S. and filing a lien in Aransas is no different. Generally, construction contractors who

1) furnish labor or materials
2) send all required documents before filing a lien, such as monthly notices
3) if a homestead, have a proper written contract
4) and meet any state deadlines and fees for your lien claim.

You can learn more about Mechanics Liens in Texas and more specific requirements for filing a lien overall in our step by step guide.

Do I have to send a monthly notice to file a lien in Aransas County,Texas?

Yes, you will need to have sent a Texas Preliminary Notice (monthly notices) to be able to file a lien in Aransas County, TX. Not sending the correct Texas Monthly Notice may result in an invalid lien claim at the time of filing with the Aransas County Clerk / Assessor.