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There are many different reasons why you might want to search the PPSR.  A secured party is likely to search the PPSR as part of the process leading up to entering into a security agreement.  Consumers may search the PPSR before buying an item of personal property to check that there is no money owing .

People must only search the PPSR with good reason.  Strict privacy conditions are set out in section 173 PPSA determining who may search the Register.  This list includes people searching:

  • An individual with their consent
  • To decide whether to provide credit to a person or organisation
  • To decide whether to invest in, with or through a person or organisation
  • To establish whether personal property is subject to an existing security interest.


There are five types of search available in the PPSR.  You can search by:

  1. Debtor Person
  2. Debtor Organisation
  3. Financing Statement Registration Number
  4. Motor Vehicle Registration Number
  5. Aircraft Serial Number



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Learn more about the search options in Searching the PPSR, including how to:

Last updated 7 March 2017


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