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Brands Liens

The Department of Livestock Brand Lien Portal recently migrated to a new system. Please read the following information carefully to learn about the Brand Lien Portal.


BRAND LIEN ONLINE PORTAL ACCESS:

To access the portal, send an email to Dept of Livestock (brands@mt.gov ) with the following information:

  • the name of the person requesting use of the lien portal application,
  • that person’s email address,
  • the lender code for the bank you represent.

Include in the subject line: “Brand Lien Portal Access”.

Upon receiving your email, the Department will add your name and email address to the portal and send additional information on how to set-up a password.


BRAND LIEN ONLINE PORTAL:

A secure web service that allows lienholders to manage their brand liens.  Services offered on this site include:

  • View active brand liens,
  • Initiate a Notice of Security Interest,
  • Terminate an existing filing,
  • Initiate a lien Continuation into a new brand owner’s name,
  • Search Montana brand records to view the image, location, brand owner names, and active liens.

FEES:

  • New Liens, Continuations, and Terminations:
    • Payment is due each time a lien transaction is completed.
    • Using the Brand Lien Portal - $26.98 per filing. Per transaction fee of $25.00 + $1.98 surcharge.
    • Payment must be made with a credit/debit card or by ACH (eCheck).
    • There is no longer an annual user fee.
    • There is no longer a fee to perform searches.
  • By Mail - $25.00

NOTICE OF SECURITY INTEREST:

  • Per MCA 81-8-301, MDOL accepts Notices of Security Interest for branded livestock. Notice agreements (brand liens) are documented on the official Montana brand record of the brand for which the notice was filed.
  • A separate notice must be completed for each recorded brand (one brand image and one location on up to 3 species: cattle, horses and sheep).
  • Signatures from all recorded brand owners are required. 
  • Brand liens do not secure interest on any livestock that are not branded with the borrower’s brand, as indicated on the notice of security interest filing.
  • Required form: Notice of Security Interest Covering Branded Livestock.

 

BRAND TRANSFERS & LIEN CONTINUATIONS:

  • If a brand owner name is changed, the lien filing must be changed to reflect the new brand owner. 
  • The continuation form must be signed by all individuals who will remain owners of the brand after the transfer is complete, including any new individuals. 
  • Required form: Notice of Security Interest Continuation.

 

NOTICE OF TERMINATION OF SECURITY INTEREST:

BRAND LIEN RENEWALS:

  • Next renewal period is December 1st, 2022 to March 31st, 2023. 

 

FORMS:

 

UCC FILINGS:

A UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) can be filed with Montana Secretary of State.  MDOL brand lien records do not correlate with UCC filings. Please do not submit UCC filings to MDOL.  For more information call Montana Secretary of State at (406) 444-2468 or visit http://sos.mt.gov/.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Cally Goyins

(406) 444-3812

Brands@mt.gov