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Filing a Lien on a Vehicle in New Mexico

Filing a lien on a vehicle in New Mexico can be a complicated process to try to navigate on your own or without an experienced team of agents on your side. Thankfully, there are many different types of liens you may be able to place on a vehicle depending on your situation, particularly when someone owes a debt or hasn’t picked up their vehicle at your place of business after an excessive amount of time.


To ensure your titling process goes quickly, you will need this documentation:

  • Mechanic’s Liens
  • Landlord Liens
  • Storage Liens
  • Abandoned Vehicle Liens

Mechanic’s Liens in New Mexico

If you own a vehicle repair or service shop and an individual has failed to pick up their vehicle within the appropriate time limit or pay their required fees, you may be able to file a mechanic’s lien on the vehicle. In order to file this lien, the vehicle in question must be in New Mexico and in the lien claimant’s possession. This type of lien can be used to satisfy the debt the owner of the vehicle owes your business.

Landlord’s Liens in New Mexico

A property owner who is renting out their residential space may be able to file a landlord’s lien on a vehicle (including mobile homes and trailers) that has been placed on the claimant’s property when the owner fails to pay rent or utility fees within a reasonable amount of time.

Storage Liens in New Mexico

If you are the owner of a storage unit or storage facility and a vehicle owner owes you a past-due amount or has failed to pick up their stored vehicle within a reasonable amount of time, you may be able to place a storage lien on the vehicle. The lien process on this particular type of lien begins only when the account with the storage facility owner becomes due and payable, and only applies in New Mexico.

Abandoned Vehicle Liens in New Mexico

The ability to file liens on vehicles is not limited only to business owners. In the event that a vehicle has been left abandoned on your private property for longer than 30 days, you are able to file an abandoned vehicle lien on the vehicle in question.

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Begin Your Lien Process in New Mexico Today

At MVD Express, we know that filing liens on vehicles can be a complicated situation. Our friendly customer service agents will do absolutely everything in their power to make the process go smoothly, whether filing on behalf of your business or private property. We’ll give you accurate information about what you’ll need to do in order to place a lien on the vehicle in question and get the title transferred to your name! Contact us, and schedule your appointment today at the nearest MVD Express location in New Mexico. We have offices in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Alamogordo, and Roswell.

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