How to File a Lien

Step-by-Step Guide

to file a mechanic’s lien on a property in Texas.


Filing a mechanic’s lien in Texas has never been easier.

Texas lien laws are complicated and confusing, making filing mechanic’s liens difficult, expensive, and stressful. Previously, contractors had to hire lawyers to file their liens, costing them thousands of dollars and sometimes, extended litigation work.

NOT ANYMORE! Texas Easy Lien created a fast, simple and affordable way to prepare and file construction liens. And you can get it all done in just a few steps.

100% online—no lawyers or in-person filing needed

To file a lien claim, you will need:

Property owner’s name (or company name) and mailing address.
Project address and the county where it is located.
The amount owed for each month you performed the work that remains unpaid.
A brief description of the work you performed.
The original contractor’s name (general contractor) and mailing address (only if you are a subcontractor or sub-subcontractor).
Sub-subcontractors will also need the name and mailing address of every subcontractor above them.

Not sure about the property information? No problem.

During the document process, you can verifythe real property owner’s information, and legal description using the most extensive State-wide database for FREE.


Do you need a pre-lien notice when filing a lien in Texas?

Subcontractors, sub-subcontractors, material suppliers, equipment rental companies, and anyone who worked on a project without a direct contract with the property owner must send a pre-lien notice before filing a mechanic’s lien. The pre-lien notice letter can be sent on the same day the mechanic’s lien affidavit is filed as long as it meets the pre-lien notice deadlines.

If you have a direct contract with the property owner, then you are not required to send a pre-lien notice before filing a mechanic’s lien affidavit.

Pre-lien Notice


  1. Create a pre-lien notice on TexasEasyLien.
  2. Add mail online service to your cart.
  3. Download, sign, and mail the notice to the property owner AND the general contractor.
  4. Follow up on your payment. Get paid.
  5. If you do not receive your payment, prepare and file a mechanic’s lien affidavit before the deadline expires.

Lien Affidavit

Many times, sending the pre-lien notice is all you need to do to get paid. But when you don’t, the next step is to file a mechanic’s lien affidavit. The good news? You don’t need to hire an attorney. We simplified and streamlined the process to be user-friendly, saving you valuable time and money.


  1. Create the Lien Affidavit on TexasEasyLien.
    -If you prepared the pre-lien notice with us, your lien affidavit will be available and ready with just a click of a button from your Dashboard!
  2. Review the draft of your document, make changes if necessary, or add it to your cart.
  3. From your cart, select the electronic filing services you need and checkout.
    -Our comprehensive services include online or offline notarization, filing the lien affidavit with the county, and mailing recorded copies to all necessary recipients via USPS ® Certified Mail/Return Receipt Requested.
  4. Complete each step of the automated filing process seamlessly from your Dashboard with just a few clicks.

If the County where you need to file your lien does not allow electronic filing, or you prefer to file in person, we provide detailed instructions so you can complete the filing process directly.

Get Paid Faster.

Secure the money you’re owed without wasting more time. Watch this short video and see how fast, easy, and affordable is filing a lien with Texas Easy Lien. 

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