Searching by order of two registration events

When a PPSR registration has been amended or discharged, this creates a registration event. An ordinal search allows you to compare two registration events.

Before you start

You will need both PPSR registration numbers. These are unique 15-digit numbers generated when a security interest is registered. A PPSR registration number is not a car registration number.

You will also need the start time, end time or the change number of each registration, depending on the search you wish to conduct.

This information is on your verification statement (also called financing statement) issued at the time of registration.

Options for an ordinal search

Find out if one registration became current before another

Enter the first PPSR registration number in registration event 1 and select start time. Enter the second PPSR registration number in registration event 2 and select start time.

Find out if one registration became effective before another registration became ineffective (expired)

Enter the first PPSR registration number in registration event 1 and select start time. Enter the second PPSR registration number in registration event 2 and select end time.

Find out if a change to a particular registration (including its initial registration) occurred before or after the expiry of another registration

Enter the first PPSR registration number in registration event 1 and select change number. Enter the change number.  If you don’t enter a change number for the first registration, the default will be the start time of the registration.

Enter the second PPSR registration number in registration event 2 and select end time.

Find out if one registration change occurred before another registration change

Enter the first PPSR registration number in registration event 1 and select change number. Enter the second PPSR registration number in registration event 2 and select change number.

If you don’t enter change numbers, the default will be the start time of each registration.

Note that you cannot compare the end time of two registrations.

Start your ordinal search

Go to ordinal search.

Step 1: Search details

Enter both PPSR registration numbers and select event types.

Optional: Enter a Client billing reference, this reference will appear on the Tax invoice/Receipt.

The fee for the search is displayed on the screen.

Click Next.

  • If you selected change number, you will go to the change number step.
  • If you selected start or end times, you will skip the change number step, and go to Payment.

Step 2: Change numbers

Change numbers for the PPSR registration are displayed. Select the change number you wish to use.

Click Next.

Step 3: Payment

Enter your credit card details. The fee for the search is displayed on the screen.

If you would like your receipt emailed to you, enter your email address. Entering your email address here only emails your receipt. It does not email your search certificate.

The next page will allow you to email your search certificate.

Click Pay now.

Step 4: Search result summary

The result of your search is displayed, along with a unique search number, and a downloadable Tax invoice/Receipt. If you entered your email address on the previous screen, the Tax invoice/Receipt will be emailed to you.

For an explanation of your search result, go to understanding search results. 

Step 5: Email or view your search certificate

Make sure you email your search certificate to ensure that you have an official and legal copy of your search.

Select the email icon
Populate your email address.
Confirm your email address.
Select the email icon.

Note: Confirmation that the search certificates(s) have been emailed will be displayed on screen.

If you do not have an email address ensure you view your search certificate to save your official and legal copy of your search

For further details on your search result and search certificate see: Understanding ordinal search results.