Search results are produced by the application of search logic
to the name presented to the filing officer. Human judgment does not
play a role in determining the results of the search.
(1) Standard search logic. Subparagraphs (A) - (J)
describe the filing office's standard search logic and apply to all
searches except for those where the search request specifies that
a non-standard search logic be used.
(A) There is no limit to the number of matches that
may be returned in response to the search criteria.
(B) No distinction is made between upper and lowercase
(C) The character "&" (the ampersand) is deleted
and replaced with the characters "and" each place it appears in the
(D) Punctuation marks and accents are disregarded.
For the purposes of this paragraph, punctuation and accents include
all characters other than the numerals 0 through 9 and letters A through
Z (in any case) of the English alphabet.
(E) The following words and abbreviations at the end
of an organization name that indicate the existence or nature of the
organization are "disregarded" to the extent practicable as determined
by the filing office's programming of its UCC information management
(F) The word "the" at the beginning of an organization
debtor name is disregarded.
(G) All spaces are disregarded.
(H) For first and middle names of individual debtor
names, initials are treated as the logical equivalent of all names
that begin with such initials, and first name and no middle name or
initial is equated with all middle names and initials. For example,
a search request for "John A. Smith" would cause the search to retrieve
all filings against all individual debtors with "John" or the initial
"J" as the first name, "Smith" as the last name, and with the initial
"A" or any name beginning with "A" in the middle name field. If the
search request were for "John Smith" (first and last names with no
designation in the middle name field), the search would retrieve all
filings against individual debtors with "John" or the initial "J"
as the first name, "Smith" as the last name and with any name or initial
or no name or initial in the middle name field.
(I) If the name being searched is the last name of
an individual debtor name without any first or middle name provided,
the search will retrieve from the UCC information management system
all financing statements with individual debtor names with the last
name being searched.
(J) After using subparagraphs (A) - (I) of this paragraph
to modify the name being searched, the search will retrieve from the
UCC information management system all active records that pertain
to financing statements with debtor names that, after being modified
as provided in this section, exactly match the modified name being
(2) Non-standard search logic. The following non-standard
search logic option is available for customers that have access to
our online search site: wildcard debtor name search. This search option
allows customers to search a character string at the beginning or
anywhere within the organization, last and/or first name fields. The
displayed results consist only of the filing number and the debtor