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Lien Release on Real Estate

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To obtain a release of lien on Homes, Buildings, Improved or Unimproved Land, Mechanic's Liens please provide us with the following required document(s):
  • A copy of the Mortgage or Deed of Trust Document that you are requesting to be released. The copy must be readable and clearly show the recording information. This document can be obtained from the Public Records in the County where the property is located or from your title company or title attorney.


  • If the lien holder of record is not a Bank or Savings and Loan that failed and has been placed in FDIC receivership, please provide copies of any and all assignments that show the chain of title leading to an FDIC receivership.


  • Proof that the loan was paid in full. Proof of Payoff may include such things as a copy of a "PAID" Note, a Settlement Statement, copies of payment checks, or anything else that would indicate payment. This will greatly reduce the amount of research time and expedite our handling of your request.


  • A copy of a recent Title Search or Title Commitment, or Attorney's Title Opinion on the property for which you are requesting a release. This is especially helpful in cases where the Mortgage documents are of poor quality and hard to read. Your Title Company or Title Attorney can usually provide you with this.


  • Due to the Privacy Act of 1974, the FDIC will not accept a copy of the borrower’s credit report as proof of payoff. PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE ANY SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR REQUEST.
Processing fees for release of Real Estate Liens and Assignments:
  • Please be advised that a processing fee of $50 ($25.00 for each duplicate) will be billed for each release of lien or assignment processed. This fee is for services provided by the Federal Deposits Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to process and research the release document. An invoice for this amount will be included with your release of lien or assignment document along with a self-addressed return envelope. Upon receipt of your release of lien, please remit your payment to the address shown on the invoice or on the self-addressed return envelope. Please do not send the processing fee prior to receipt of your release of lien.
A request for a Release of Lien must be made in writing.

Mail, email or fax your request with the required documentation to the appropriate DRR Customer Service Center. Please do not do both. Hard to read documents should be mailed or sent overnight, rather than faxed. Unreadable documents cannot be processed. To avoid any duplication, please submit your request only once.

Be sure to include your address and phone number with your written request.

Please allow 20 business days for the completion of your request.

If you have any questions you may call the appropriate DRR Customer Service Center toll-free. A Customer Service Representative will be happy to answer your questions, OR, refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Last Updated 09/12/2013 cservicefdicdal@fdic.gov