The North Dakota Secretary of State's office will launch its new Central Indexing System (CIS) on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. On that date, state law will require all central indexing filings and search requests be completed online. Paper filings and search requests will no longer be accepted by the state or county filing offices.
To allow sufficient time to properly transfer the existing filings to the new CIS, no filings or search requests will be accepted by the Secretary of State's office or the County Recorders' offices after 5:00p.m. CST on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.
All filings or search requests received after 5:00 p.m. CST on February 23 will be returned to the filer. On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, the filer will be able to file documents and perform searches online in the new CIS at cis.sos.nd.gov.
the new CIS is designed to be user friendly with many features, such as availability 24/7, the capacity to enter complete collateral descriptions, and free debtor searches. More information regarding the new CIS will be available at sos.nd.gov.
Also, beginning March 1, 2016, filings must include the debtor's social security number (SSN) or employer identification number (EIN).