Central Indexing (UCC)

The North Dakota Secretary of State’s office will launch its new Central Indexing System (CIS) on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. On that date, state law will require all central indexing filings and search requests be completed online. Paper filings and search requests will no longer be accepted by the state or county filing offices.  

To allow sufficient time to properly transfer the approximately 325,000 existing filings to the new CIS, no filings or search requests will be accepted by the Secretary of State’s office or the County Recorders’ offices after 5:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.  All filings or search requests received after 5:00 p.m. CST on February 23 will be returned to the filer. On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, the filer will be able to file documents and perform searches online in the new CIS.  

In addition, the filing and subscription fees will be changing.  View the new filing and subscription fees, which will be effective March 1, 2016.

To learn how to use the new CIS, watch a previously recorded webinar training session.

The Central Indexing System is a computer system containing Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), Central Notice (CNS), agricultural statutory liens and notices, miscellaneous statutory liens, and state and federal tax liens connected to the County Recorders and the Secretary of State's office.

A statewide perfection of a loan can be obtained by filing in any one of the 54 filing locations. There are six separate databases in which filing information can be maintained and searched.

  1. Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Index
  2. Farm Products Central Notice (CNS) Index
  3. Statutory Lien Index
  4. Agricultural Statutory Lien Notice Index
  5. Federal Lien Index
  6. State Tax Lien Index

Central Indexing (UCC)
Telephone Number: 701-328-3662
Toll Free: (800) 352-0867 ext. 328-3662
Fax: 701-328-4214
Email: sosci@nd.gov


  • Central Indexing Statutes
    Laws regarding the filing and searching of UCC documents and agricultural liens in the Central Indexing System

Administrative Rules