Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the Personal Property Registry?

What is personal property?
What is a security agreement?
What is a security interest?
What is collateral?
What types of personal property can be searched in the registry?
Who searches the registry and why?
How do I search using a name?
Should I search the serial number on a car if I am buying it privately?
What could happen if I do not do a lien search?
Is there a fee to conduct a search?
What forms of payment are accepted?
What is a deposit account?
How do you set up a deposit account?
Who registers with the Personal Property Registry?
What is a garage keeper’s lien?
Is there a time frame to register a garage keeper’s lien?
How is a security interest registered?
Where can I get the forms to register a notice of a security interest?
How do I set up a user ID?
Where can I get more information on The Personal Property Security Act and The Garage Keepers Act?
Can I search for a security interest (lien) in other jurisdictions through the Manitoba registry?
How do I contact the Personal Property Registry?

What is the Personal Property Registry?

The Personal Property Registry (PPR) is an electronic registry where creditors
can register a notice of a security interest in personal property that is pledged as
collateral. Anyone can search the registry to see if a security interest exists.

What is personal property?

Personal property is all moveable goods except real property (land), and buildings.

What is a security agreement?

A security agreement is an agreement between a secured party (most often a lender), and a debtor (most often a borrower) that creates a security interest in personal property.

What is a security interest?

A security interest is an interest in personal property that secures payment of a debt or obligation.

What is collateral?

Collateral is personal property that is subject to a security interest.

What types of personal property can be searched in the registry?

Personal property is divided into two categories:

  • Serial numbered goods such as motor vehicles, trailers, mobile homes, aircrafts, boats, outboard motors, tractors, and combines. Serial numbered goods are searched by the serial number.
  • General collateral such as furniture, crops, fixtures, assets of a company, and rights to a patent. General collateral is searched by the individual debtor’s full name, or business debtor name.

Who searches the registry and why?

It is the responsibility of the consumer to take the necessary steps when buying anything privately to make sure there is no registered security interest (liens) against the personal property being purchased.

How do I search a name?

The new registry system is designed for public access through the Internet and has very specific regulations to follow both for registering and for searching names. If the debtor is an individual, then 3 elements are required to register the name. The same three elements are required to search the name:

  • surname
  • first given name
  • second given name

It is important to get the full name exactly right. The registry system considers that differences in names are different individuals or businesses, although it does make some allowance for variances in spelling.

For example if the debtor is an artificial body, a business debtor search of "Dock Enterprises Inc." will also find "Dueck Enterprise Inc" but will not show any registrations against "Donald Dock Enterprises Inc."

Similarly if the debtor is an individual:

  • a search of "Marie Dyck" will not disclose "Marie Daysie Dyck" or "Marie D Dyck"
  • a search of " Marie Daysie Dyck" will not disclose "Marie Dyck"
  • a search of "Marie D Dyck" will not disclose "Marie Dyck" or " Marie Daysie Dyck"

Note that the validity of a registration is affected if a search under the correct name of the debtor would not reveal the registration. Plans to discuss the adequacy of the name search process with a review committee are underway.

Should I search the serial number on a car if I am buying it privately?

Yes, anyone who is planning to purchase personal property and anyone who is planning to take personal property as collateral should search the registry to see if a security interest (lien) is registered.

What could happen if I do not do a lien search?

You may acquire someone else’s debt if a lien search isn't done. If this happens, a secured creditor may seize the personal property from you.

Is there a fee to conduct a search?

Yes, click here for our current fee schedule.

What forms of payment are accepted?

We accept Visa, Master Card, and deposit accounts. For in person services, we also accept debit, cash, and cheque.

What is a deposit account?

A deposit account is a special account which can be established by regular users of the registry. The account allows users to deposit funds in advance against which fees for service can be debited.

How do you set up a deposit account?

To set up a deposit account, please submit a completed Client Application Form to tprclient@tprmb.ca.

Who registers with the Personal Property Registry?

  • Lenders (secured parties)
  • Garage keepers

What is a garage keeper’s lien?

A garage keeper’s lien is a lien that can be registered in the Personal Property Registry under the authority of The Garage Keepers Act for outstanding repair bills and storage fees.

Is there a time frame to register a garage keeper’s lien?

Yes, a garage keeper must register their lien within 15 calendar days of surrendering possession of the motor vehicle.

How is a security interest registered?

A security interest can be registered online if you have a user ID. If you do not have a user ID, you can register on the appropriate paper forms in-person, by fax or by mail.

Where can I get the forms to register a notice of a security interest?

You can find our forms at:

http://www.tprmb.ca/tpr/personal_property/pprforms.html

Please Note: When submitting the forms on paper, all information must be typed.

How do I set up a user ID?

You must fill out Client Application Form. The form can be found at:

http://www.tprmb.ca/tpr/securityforms.html

Where can I get more information on The Personal Property Security Act and The Garage Keepers Act?

The Personal Property Security Act

The Garage Keepers Act

Can I search for a security interest (lien) in other jurisdictions through the Manitoba Registry?

No, you must search in the appropriate jurisdiction.

How do I contact the Personal Property Registry?

You can contact our office in person, by mail, or by phone.

  • Business hours: Monday -– Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Located at: 276 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0B6
  • Phone: (204) 945-2042
  • Email: tprclient@tprmb.ca