Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions about construction liens, health care provider liens and other DAR-LIENS services.


What is a preliminary notice (prelim)?

It is an official notice of any contractor or subcontractor to retain their lien rights on a construction project.

When should I submit a preliminary notice request (prelim)?

Within 20 days from the date of the first delivery of labor, materials or services to the project. It is recommended that the prelim is submitted to DAR-LIENS on that first day you begin work on that job, however.

What is a lien?

A lien is a right or submitted legal claim over another’s property whereby the property is held as security for a debt. In some cases, sold to satisfy the debt. How do I get a lien removed? After all parties have been paid in full contact DAR-LIENS to remove a lien.

Does DAR-LIENS process out of state liens?

Yes. We serve all 50 states that have lien laws.

Can I add on the labor and lien fees to a mechanic's lien?

No, Unless ordered by a judge or a court action.

Who is entitled to a construction lien?

Any company, business or person who supplies labor, materials or services is entitled to a lien. This includes contractors, sub-contractors, trades, persons supplying equipment or machinery or persons supplying materials.

When should I submit a construction lien?

Within 120 days from the date of project completion.


Is this a lien against my personal property?

No, liens are filed against the insurance company or third party who is paying for the medical bills.

How do I get a lien removed?

After all parties have been paid in full, the health care provider must contact DAR-LIENS.

How long does it take for a lien to get released?

Within 24 hours of DAR-LIENS being contacted by the health care provider.

Will I get a copy of the lien or release?

Yes, all parties listed on the document will receive a copy.

Why did my health care provider lien me anyway?

To inform the responsible parties that services have been provided and that the health care provider is entitled to payment.

Will a lien appear on my credit report?

No, liens are on insurance companies, not on individuals.


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