Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Victoria County

Where is the Victoria County Recorder's Office that files mechanics liens?

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

115 N. Bridge St.
Rm. 103
Victoria, TX 77901

Contact Number: (361) 575-1478
Fax: (361) 575-6276

Hours of Operation:
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday – Friday
Closed: Weekends, Holidays

You can also mail your documents to the above address.

What is Victoria County's Recording Backlog?

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

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

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

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

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

(Sec 191.007 Local Government Code)
Section 1.

(a) A legal paper presented to a county clerk for filing or for recording must meet the following requirements.

(b) A page is considered to be one side of a sheet of paper. A page must:
(1) be no wider than 8-1/2 inches and no longer than 14 inches.
(2) have a sufficient weight and substance so that printing, typing, or handwriting on it will not smear or bleed-through; and
(3) be printed in type not smaller than eight-point type and be suitable otherwise for reproducing from it a readable record by a photocopy or photo static or micro photographic process used in the office of the county clerk.

(c) A clearly identifying heading, similar to the headings on most commercially supplied printed forms, shall be placed at the top of the first page to identify the type or kind of legal paper.

(d) Printing and typing and handwriting shall be clearly legible.

(e) Names shall be legibly typed or printed immediately under each signature.

(f) All Photostats, photocopies, and other types of reproduction shall have black printing, typing or handwriting on a white background, commonly known as positive prints.

(g) Riders and attachments shall not be larger that the size of the page as defined in this article. Not more than one rider or attachment shall be included in or attached to a page.

(h) The filing fee or recording fee for each page of a legal paper that is presented for filing or recording to a county clerk and fails to meet one or more of the requirements prescribed by Subsections (b) through (g) is
equal to twice the regular filing fee or recording fee provided by statute for that page. However, the failure of a page to meet the requirement prescribed by Subsection (b)(3) relating to type size does not result in a fee increase under this subsection.

(i) When a page or a legal paper has more riders or attachments than one, the filing fee or recording fee for each attachment in excess of one is twice the regular filing fee or recording fee provided by statute.

(j)When a page of a legal paper has one or more riders or attachments larger than the permitted size, a filing fee or recording fee for each oversized attachment is twice the regular filing fee or recording fee provided by statute for the attachment.

(k) This section does not authorize a county clerk to refuse to record a legal paper for the reason that it fails to meet one or more of the requirements prescribed by Subsection (b) through (g). Failure to comply with these requirements shall not in any manner alter, amend, impair, or invalidate any document or legal instrument of any type or character and upon recordation by the county clerk the document or legal instrument shall be deemed and considered as fully complying with the provisions of law dealing with the recordation of documents or legal instruments of every type and character.

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

A page must be no wider than 8-1/2 inches and no longer than 14 inches.

How can I make payment to the Victoria County Recorder?

You can make payment to the Victoria County Recorder when submitting your lien to the office. The Victoria County Recorder accepts cash, check, Visa, Discover, and Mastercard.

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

The Victoria County Clerk’s recording fee is $16.00 for the first page and $4.00 for each additional page.

Additional Recording Fees
Indexing Fee: $0.25 for each name in excess of five names that has to be indexed in all records that the document

Lien Fees
Federal Tax Lien: $21.00
Federal Tax Lien Release: $21.00
State Tax Lien: $11.00
State Tax Lien Release: $11.00

Copy Fees
Copies: $1.00 per page
Certified Copies: $1.00 per page plus $5.00 for the clerk’s certificate fee

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

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

115 N. Bridge St.
Rm. 103
Victoria, TX 77901

Contact Number: (361) 575-1478
Fax: (361) 575-6276

Hours of Operation:
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday – Friday
Closed: Weekends, Holidays

Copy fees are as follows:

Copies: $1.00 per page
Certified Copies: $1.00 per page plus $5.00 for the clerk’s certificate fee

You can also search Victoria County’s Real Estate Index online at:
https://manatron.vctx.org/RealEstate/SearchEntry.aspx

Note that while the images available on the Internet are kept up to date, the Victoria County Clerk’s office does not certify the authenticity of the information provided there. You can obtain official records by visiting the County Clerk’s office in person.

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

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

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

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