Understanding search results

Understanding your PPSR search results ensures you have the correct information before purchasing valuable personal property.

A successful search

A search on the PPSR will return one of two results:

  1. There is no security interest or other registration kind identified.
  2. One or more registrations (of a security interest or other registration kind) is identified.

Note that if you specified a collateral class in your search, the search will only return results for that class.

If you searched for a motor vehicle, you may also get additional NEVDIS data. See more details in Additional search results information for motor vehicles or view the fact sheet How to interpret a motor vehicle search result and search certificate.

If there is no security interest

If a search reveals no registrations found (no security interest), this means that there is no security interest registered on the PPSR for the search criteria entered.

For vehicles, if you conduct a search the day before or the day of the purchase, you will usually take the property free of encumbrances. For other serial numbered property, you need to search immediately before the purchase.  For more information on buyer protection, see searching and buyer protections.

Exceptions in serial number searches

It is not compulsory for commercial security interests in serial numbered goods to be registered by serial number. The registration may be made against the grantor alone and may not be searchable by serial number. For example, a security interest in a commercial motor vehicle may be registered by reference to the grantor and the security interest may not appear in a serial number or vehicle identification number (VIN) search.

If registrations are found

If your search found one or more registrations, you will see the following information:

  1. Registration details: The PPSR registration number (this is not a vehicle registration number), start and end dates
  2. Collateral details: Information about the property and how the interest is held
  3. Secured party details: The person or organisation that holds the interest in the property
  4. Address for service: Details on how to contact the secured party
  5. History summary: Any amendments to the registration.

There is also a ‘go to PPSR registration number’ field that will take you a specific registration number returned in your search result.

If you find a registration, you may wish to reconsider your purchase.

Keep your search number

A successful search will give you both a unique search number and a search certificate number. Keep these numbers safe.

You will need either of these numbers if you want to retrieve your original search result or have your search certificate reissued at a later time.

To view the search number click on search details on the search result screen.

A search certificate is your legal record

It is recommended you choose issue a search certificate even if your search returns no registrations. Print or download your search certificate. Your search certificate is an official and legal copy of your search. Downloading your search result is not legal protection.

If you conducted a Quick motor vehicle search, your search certificate will be emailed to you.

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, and store them with your search certificate. The attachments form part of the collateral details.