A PPSR Certificate gives a quick breakdown of the information contained on the PPSR regarding a particular property. It’s similar to, but slightly different from, a regular PPSR Report. This certificate confirms all of the details in the check, and can be used as a reference or as proof of ownership at a later date.
Getting a PPSR Certificate
A PPSR Certificate can be accessed after checking for a property on the Personal Properties Security Registry. If instead you get a PPSR Report through a website such as QuickREVS, you can opt to get the Certificate at the same time. While the information contained in both a PPSR Report and Certificate are the same, the latter is more condensed and simply gives a snapshot of the current status of the car, rather than a full history.
Reading a PPSR Certificate
PPSR Certificates contains multiple sections.
The first section lists information obtained from NEVDIS, the National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System.
Vehicle road registration details: If the car is registered, NEVDIS details will be present. If there are no details, there are a number of possibilities as to why: the car is not registered, you may have accidentally typed in the wrong serial or chassis number, or there has been a mistake in punctuation.
Stolen status: The PPSR Certificate will let you know whether the car has been listed as stolen. If not, you will receive “no data”.
Written-off status: As above, if no data is available, there exists no records of the vehicle ever being written off on NEVDIS.
Differing NEVDIS data: It’s possible that the NEVDIS data differs from the information you might have about the vehicle. These differences should be investigated to ensure the car hasn’t been stolen and used for parts.
The second part relates to the search itself. The information included here is:
Search number and search certificate number.
Search criteria used: This simply notes what information you used to generate the Certificate. If you checked the PPSR using the car's serial number, the PPSR Certificate generated will be titled 'Serial Number Search Certificate'.
Finally, the Certificate has a section covering registration details. This section, titled PPSR Registration Details, details the money owing on the vehicle you’re searching for. There are two possible results:
- No interest: When your PPSR Certificate outlines the message ‘There is no security interest or other registration kind registered on the PPSR against…’ followed by the details you input on your search criteria. This means there is no financial encumbrance on the vehicle.
- Registration found: If there is a financial encumbrance, the PPSR Certificate will give you relevant details about who has what interest in the property.
The PPSR Search Certificate also details the contact information of the secured party with interest in the car along with its grantor. Any amendments made to the PPSR registration of the car will also be listed under this section.
After viewing the PPSR certificate, you can either download it directly from the site you used to conduct the PPSR search or have it sent to your email address.