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    Subdivision 1. Mechanics' lien on personal property. Whoever, at the request of the owner
or legal possessor of any personal property, shall store or care for or contribute in any of the
modes mentioned in section 514.19 to its preservation, care, or to the enhancement of its value,
shall have a lien upon such property for the price or value of such storage, care, or contribution,
and for any legal charges against the same paid by such person to any other person, and the right
to retain possession of the property until such lien is lawfully discharged.
    Subd. 1a. Towed motor vehicles. A person who tows and stores a motor vehicle at the request
of a law enforcement officer shall have a lien on the motor vehicle for the value of the storage and
towing and the right to retain possession of the motor vehicle until the lien is lawfully discharged.
This section does not apply to tows authorized in section 169.041, subdivision 4, clause (1).
    Subd. 2. Nonpossessory lien; notice. Notwithstanding the voluntary surrender or other
loss of possession of the property on which the lien is claimed, the person entitled thereto may
preserve the lien upon giving notice of the lien at any time within 60 days after the surrender or
loss of possession, by filing in the appropriate filing office under the Uniform Commercial Code,
Minnesota Statutes, section 336.9-501 a verified statement and notice of intention to claim a lien.
The statement shall contain a description of the property upon which the lien is claimed, the work
performed or materials furnished and the amount due.
    Subd. 3. Priority; security; interest; foreclosure. The lien shall be valid against everyone
except a purchaser or encumbrancer in good faith without notice and for value whose rights were
acquired prior to the filing of the lien statement and who has filed a statement of interest in
the appropriate filing office. The lien shall be considered a security interest under the Uniform
Commercial Code and foreclosure thereon shall be in the manner prescribed for security interests
under article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.
    Subd. 4. Motor vehicles excluded. Subdivisions 2 and 3 shall apply to machinery,
implements and tools of all kinds but shall not apply to motor vehicles.
History: (8507) RL s 3521; 1905 c 328 s 1; 1907 c 114 s 1; 1984 c 479 s 1; 1986 c 444;
1989 c 256 s 2; 2001 c 195 art 2 s 22