Understanding other PPSR search results

Serial number search

On your serial number search certificate, look at the information under the heading ‘PPSR Registration Details’. The results will either show no security interest or other registration (like the sample certificate below left), or one or more registrations (image at right below).

Sample search certificate with no outstanding debt

If your certificate says, ‘There is no security interest or other registration kind registered on the PPSR against ..." with the details of your search criteria, this means there is no outstanding debt recorded on the PPSR against the details that you searched.

Sample Search Certificate outstanding debt

Your search shows one or more registrations. This means there is outstanding debt on the PPSR against the criteria you searched.

 

What does this mean for you?

If your search shows that no outstanding debt is registered on the PPSR for the serial numbered goods you are interested in buying and you then choose to buy or lease the goods on the day of the search or the next day, you usually take them free of encumbrances or debt.

If your search shows there is outstanding debt registered on the PPSR for the serial numbered goods you are interested in buying and you then choose to buy or lease the goods—if the seller doesn’t pay off the debt, there is a very real chance the finance company listed on the PPSR can take the goods away.

If your search shows outstanding debt, your search certificate will also contain the following details:

  • Registration Details – PPSR registration number, start and end dates
  • Collateral Details – information about the collateral and how the interest is held in the personal property
  • Grantor Details – the person or organisation who offered the security
  • Secured Party Details – the person or organisation that holds the interest
  • Address for Service – details on how to contact the secured party
  • History Summary – outline of amendments to the registration.

Exceptions to the usual rule apply in certain circumstances. For more information visit Searching and buyer protections

How do I query the details of a PPSR registration?

Contact the secured party or parties listed under 'Secured Party Details' on the search certificate.

What else do I need to know?

You will need to do issue a search certificate for each registration number if your search result contains more than one security interest.

Keep your search details and search certificate safe.

You will need your search number or search certificate number to retrieve your original search result or search certificate at a later time.

Your search certificate can be used as evidence in any dispute or legal matter.

Other search types:

Point in time searches

A point in time search will return any registrations on the PPSR at the date and time you select in your search.

How to read search certificate will depend on what type of search you conducted.

More information on your search results can be located at the following pages, depending on your search type.

Motor Vehicle, Watercraft, Individual Grantor, Organisation Grantor.

Registration number search

TIP: A registration number search is not a search of a vehicle's road registration plate number.

This search is for a 15 digit PPSR registration number and the search certificate will confirm the following details of the registration:

  • Registration Details – PPSR registration number, start and end dates
  • Collateral Details – information about the collateral and how the interest is held in the personal property
  • Grantor Details – the person or organisation who offered the security
  • Secured Party Details – the person or organisation that holds the interest
  • Address for Service – details on how to contact the secured party
  • History Summary – outline of amendments to the registration.

A search certificate is your legal record

It is recommended that you choose to email or view and save a search certificate, even if your search returns no registrations. Your search certificate is an official and legal copy of your search and there is no additional fee for issuing a search certificate.

If any registrations contain attachments, links to the attachments are displayed on the screen. You will need to download the attachments by clicking on the link, store them with your search certificate. The attachments form part of the collateral details.

If you request a certificate to be emailed to you, any attachments associated with the registration will also be emailed.