(a)  Filing office duties.  For each record filed in a filing office, the filing office shall:

(1)  assign a unique number to the filed record;

(2)  create a record that bears the number assigned to the filed record and the date and time of filing;

(3)  maintain the filed record for public inspection.

(4)  electronically transmit to the secretary of state information required by the rules of the secretary of state for indexing the record.

(b)  [Reserved.]

(c)  Indexing: general.  The secretary of state shall maintain a master index of information transmitted to the secretary of state under Subsection (a)(4), and shall be entitled to such fees as provided under R.S. 10:9-525. Within two business days following receipt of such information, the secretary of state shall:

(1)  index an initial financing statement according to the name of the debtor and index all filed records relating to the initial financing statement in a manner that associates with one another an initial financing statement and all filed records relating to the initial financing statement; and

(2)  index a record that provides a name of a debtor which was not previously provided in the financing statement to which the record relates also according to the name that was not previously provided.

(d)  Indexing: real-property-related financing statement.  If a financing statement is filed as a fixture filing or covers as extracted collateral or standing timber that constitutes goods,  the secretary of state shall index it under the names of the debtor and of each owner of record of the real property shown on the financing statement and transmitted to the secretary of state pursuant to Subsection (a)(4).

(e)  [Reserved.]

(f)  Retrieval and association capability.  The secretary of state shall maintain a capability:

(1)  to retrieve a record by the name of the debtor and by the file number assigned to the initial financing statement to which the record relates; and

(2)  to associate and retrieve with one another an initial financing statement and each filed record relating to the initial financing statement.

(g)  Removal of debtor’s name.  The secretary of state may not remove a debtor’s name from the index until one year after the effectiveness of a financing statement naming the debtor lapses under R.S. 10:9-515 with respect to all secured parties of record.

(h)  Timeliness of filing office performance.  The filing office shall perform the acts required by Subsection (a) within two business days after the filing office receives the record in question.

(i)  Inapplicability to Department of Public Safety and Corrections and Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Subsections (a)(4) and (c) through (f) do not apply to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, office of motor vehicles, or to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Acts 2001, No. 128, §1, eff. July 1, 2001; Acts 2007, No. 319, §1, eff. July 1, 2008.