Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Denton County

Slow payment times plague the construction industry, and one of the most valuable assets you have to protect yourself is the ability to file a mechanics lien. The good news is that if you need to record a mechanics lien claim with the Denton County Clerk, you can be confident that you have strong lien rights. However, the lien laws in Texas tend to be confusing, convoluted, and complicated. To prevent mistakes and other issues, it’s important that you do your research and learn as much about Texas lien law as you can. As a starting point, here are some common hangups that most contractors face at some point or another:

  • Texas‘s monthly preliminary notice requirements. If you don’t have a direct contract with the property owner, you need to send multiple different types of notices, and each one must be sent at the right time. Failure to do this could mean the loss of your lien rights.
  • Texas‘s unique homestead laws. If you’re working on a homestead and you’re not directly contracted with the property owner, you rely on the GC to maintain their lien rights. If they fail to do so, you could lose your lien rights too.
  • The wording surrounding deadlines is confusing. The standard timeframe of the 15th day of the fourth month after the last month that work or services were furnished on the construction project doesn’t always apply. Find out more about this here.

After you determine that you’re eligible to file a lien and that you meet the prerequisites, it’s time to record your lien claim. If you’re filing your lien in Denton County, you can use this page to find useful information about the Denton County Clerk. This page includes Denton’s recording requirements, page size and margin requirements, fee schedule, and much more. You can also find links to other helpful resources as well as information regarding eFiling with Levelset and recording by mail.

If you’re looking for a complete breakdown of the filing process or the necessary lien documents in Texas, check out our step-by-step guide to Filing A Texas Mechanics Lien.

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

You can file your mechanics liens in person at any of the Denton County Clerk’s office locations below:

Denton County Courts Building – Main Office
1450 East McKinney Street
Denton, Texas 76209-4524
(940) 349-2012
(940) 349-2013 (Fax)

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Southwest Courthouse
6200 Canyon Falls Dr.
Suite 700
Flower Mound, TX 76226
(972) 434-3950
(972) 434-3957 (Fax)

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Frisco Government Center
5533 FM 423
Suite 301
Frisco, TX 75034-8975
(972) 434-3900

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Precinct 3 Government Center
400 N. Valley Parkway
Suite 2094
Lewisville, TX 75067-3532
(972) 434-4790
(972) 434-4791 (Fax)

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

All documents submitted for recording via USPS, FedEx or UPS must be sent to the following address.

Recording Mailing Address:

Denton County Clerk
Attn: Recording
1450 E. McKinney St.
Denton, TX 76209

You must include the appropriate request/payment form if submitting your document or copy request via mail.

What is Denton County's Recording Backlog?

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

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

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

What are Denton 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 Denton 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 Denton County?

The forms you print must be clear and sharp. Applications that are blurred or illegible will not be accepted. They must be printed in black print on white paper. The paper must be 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, with no holes or perforations, at least medium (20 lb.) weight, and with a matte surface. Thermal paper, dye-sublimation paper, special inkjet paper, and other shiny-papers are not acceptable.

How can I make payment to the Denton County Clerk?

The Denton County Clerk’s recording fee is $26.00 for the first page and $4.00 for each additional page.

Additional Recording Fees

Indexing Fee: $0.25 for each additional name, after the first five (5) names

Lien Fees

Federal Tax Lien: $31.00
State Tax Lien: $16.00
Release of Federal Tax Lien: $31.00

Copy Fees

Non-Certified Copy: $1.00
Certified Copy: $5.00 plus $1.00 per page

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

You can obtain a recorded copy of your lien in person at any of the Denton County Clerk’s Office locations listed below:

Denton County Courts Building – Main Office
1450 East McKinney Street
Denton, Texas 76209-4524
(940) 349-2012
(940) 349-2013 (Fax)

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Southwest Courthouse
6200 Canyon Falls Dr.
Suite 700
Flower Mound, TX 76226
(972) 434-3950
(972) 434-3957 (Fax)

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Frisco Government Center
5533 FM 423
Suite 301
Frisco, TX 75034-8975
(972) 434-3900

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Precinct 3 Government Center
400 N. Valley Parkway
Suite 2094
Lewisville, TX 75067-3532
(972) 434-4790
(972) 434-4791 (Fax)

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

You can also search Denton County Property Records online and order documents at:

https://dentontx.search.kofile.com/48121/Home/Index/1/

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

Determining if you have the right to file a lien in Denton County, Texas can be complicated. Texas has one of the most complex lien laws in the U.S. and filing a lien in Denton 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 Denton County, Texas?

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

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