Maine Revised Statutes

§9-1516. What constitutes filing; effectiveness of filing

(1).    Except as otherwise provided in subsection (2), communication of a record to a filing office and tender of the filing fee or acceptance of the record by the filing office constitutes filing.
[ 1999, c. 699, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1999, c. 699, Pt. A, §4 (AFF) .]
(2).    Filing does not occur with respect to a record that a filing office refuses to accept because:
(a). The record is not communicated by a method or medium of communication authorized by the filing office; [1999, c. 699, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1999, c. 699, Pt. A, §4 (AFF).]
(b). An amount equal to or greater than the applicable filing fee is not tendered. For a record recorded in the county registry of deeds, the filing office may refuse to accept the record if the amount tendered is greater than the applicable filing fee; [2001, c. 286, §6 (AMD).]
(c). The filing office is unable to index the record because:
(i) In the case of an initial financing statement, the record does not provide a name for the debtor or, for a record recorded in the county registry of deeds, the record does not provide a name for the debtor and the secured party;
(ii) In the case of an amendment or information statement, the record:
(A) Does not identify the initial financing statement as required by section 9-1512 or 9-1518, as applicable; or
(B) Identifies an initial financing statement whose effectiveness has lapsed under section 9-1515;
(iii) In the case of an initial financing statement that provides the name of a debtor identified as an individual or an amendment that provides a name of a debtor identified as an individual that was not previously provided in the financing statement to which the record relates, the record does not identify the debtor's surname; or
(iv) In the case of a record recorded in the county registry of deeds, the record does not provide a sufficient description of the real property to which it relates; [2013, c. 317, Pt. A, §24 (AMD).]
(d). In the case of an initial financing statement or an amendment that adds a secured party of record, the record does not provide a name and mailing address for the secured party of record; [1999, c. 699, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1999, c. 699, Pt. A, §4 (AFF).]
(e). In the case of an initial financing statement or an amendment that provides a name of a debtor that was not previously provided in the financing statement to which the amendment relates, the record does not:
(i) Provide a mailing address for the debtor; or
(ii) Indicate whether the name provided as the name of the debtor is an individual or an organization;
[2013, c. 317, Pt. A, §25 (AMD).]
(f). In the case of an assignment reflected in an initial financing statement under section 9-1514, subsection (1) or an amendment filed under section 9-1514, subsection (2), the record does not provide a name and mailing address for the assignee; [2015, c. 180, §2 (AMD).]
(g). In the case of a continuation statement, the record is not filed within the 6-month period prescribed by section 9-1515, subsection (4); or [2015, c. 180, §2 (AMD).]
(h). In the case of a record submitted for filing or recording with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of State refuses to accept the record in compliance with Title 5, section 90-F. [2015, c. 180, §3 (NEW).]
[ 2015, c. 180, §§2, 3 (AMD) .]
(3).    For purposes of subsection (2):
(a). A record does not provide information if the filing office is unable to read or decipher the information; and [1999, c. 699, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1999, c. 699, Pt. A, §4 (AFF).]
(b). A record that does not indicate that it is an amendment or identify an initial financing statement to which it relates, as required by section 9-1512, 9-1514 or 9-1518, is an initial financing statement. [1999, c. 699, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1999, c. 699, Pt. A, §4 (AFF).]
[ 1999, c. 699, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1999, c. 699, Pt. A, §4 (AFF) .]
(4).    A record that is communicated to the filing office with tender of the filing fee, but which the filing office refuses to accept for a reason other than one set forth in subsection (2), is effective as a filed record except as against a purchaser of the collateral that gives value in reasonable reliance upon the absence of the record from the files.
[ 1999, c. 699, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1999, c. 699, Pt. A, §4 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1999, c. 699, §A2 (NEW). 1999, c. 699, §A4 (AFF). 2001, c. 286, §6 (AMD). 2013, c. 317, Pt. A, §§24, 25 (AMD). 2015, c. 180, §§2, 3 (AMD).