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  Section 9-516. (a) What constitutes filing. Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b), communication of a record to a filing office and tender of the filing fee or acceptance of the record by the filing office constitutes filing.

  (b) Refusal to accept record; filing does not occur. Filing does not occur with respect to a record that a filing office refuses to accept because:

  (1) the record is not communicated by a method or medium of communication authorized by the filing office;

  (2) an amount equal to or greater than the applicable filing fee is not tendered;

  (3) the filing office is unable to index the record because:

  (A) in the case of an initial financing statement, the record does not provide a name for the debtor;

[ Clause (B) of paragraph (3) of subsection (b) effective until July 1, 2013. For text effective July 1, 2013, see below.]

  (B) in the case of an amendment or correction statement, the record:

[ Clause (B) of paragraph (3) of subsection (b) as amended by 2013, 30, Sec. 108 effective July 1, 2013. See 2013, 30, Sec. 117. For text effective until July 1, 2013, see above.]

  (B) in the case of an amendment or information statement, the record:

  (i) does not identify the initial financing statement as required by Section 9-512 or 9-518, as applicable; or

  (ii) identifies an initial financing statement whose effectiveness has lapsed under Section 9-515;

[ Clause (C) of paragraph (3) of subsection (b) effective until July 1, 2013. For text effective July 1, 2013, see below.]

  (C) in the case of an initial financing statement that provides the name of a debtor identified as an individual or an amendment that provides a name of a debtor identified as an individual which was not previously provided in the financing statement to which the record relates, the record does not identify the debtor's last name; or

[ Clause (C) of paragraph (3) of subsection (b) as amended by 2013, 30, Sec. 109 effective July 1, 2013. See 2013, 30, Sec. 117. For text effective until July 1, 2013, see above.]

  (C) in the case of an initial financing statement that provides the name of a debtor identified as an individual or an amendment that provides a name of a debtor identified as an individual which was not previously provided in the financing statement to which the record relates, the record does not identify the debtor's surname; or

  (D) in the case of a record filed in the filing office described in Section 9-501(a)(1), the record does not provide a sufficient description of the real property to which it relates;

  (4) in the case of an initial financing statement or an amendment that adds a secured party of record, the record does not provide a name and mailing address for the secured party of record;

[ Paragraph (5) of subsection (b) effective until July 1, 2013. For text effective July 1, 2013, see below.]

  (5) in the case of an initial financing statement or an amendment that provides a name of a debtor which was not previously provided in the financing statement to which the amendment relates, the record does not:

  (A) provide a mailing address for the debtor;

  (B) indicate whether the debtor is an individual or an organization; or

  (C) if the financing statement indicates that the debtor is an organization, provide:

  (i) a type of organization for the debtor;

  (ii) a jurisdiction of organization for the debtor; or

  (iii) an organizational identification number for the debtor or indicate that the debtor has none;

[ Paragraph (5) of subsection (b) as amended by 2013, 30, Sec. 110 effective July 1, 2013. See 2013, 30, Sec. 117. For text effective until July 1, 2013, see above.]

  (5) in the case of an initial financing statement or an amendment that provides a name of a debtor which was not previously provided in the financing statement to which the amendment relates, the record does not:

  (A) provide a mailing address for the debtor; or

  (B) indicate whether the name provided as the name of the debtor is the name of an individual or an organization;

  (6) in the case of an assignment reflected in an initial financing statement under Section 9-514(a) or an amendment filed under Section 9-514(b), the record does not provide a name and mailing address for the assignee; or

  (7) in the case of a continuation statement, the record is not filed within the 6-month period prescribed by Section 9-515(d).

  (c) Rules applicable to subsection (b). For purposes of subsection (b):

  (1) a record does not provide information if the filing office is unable to read or decipher the information; and

  (2) a record that does not indicate that it is an amendment or identify an initial financing statement to which it relates, as required by Section 9-512, 9-514, or 9-518, is an initial financing statement.

  (d) Refusal to accept record; record effective as filed record. A record that is communicated to the filing office with tender of the filing fee, but which the filing office refuses to accept for a reason other than 1 set forth in subsection (b) or Section 516A, is effective as a filed record except as against a purchaser of the collateral which gives value in reasonable reliance upon the absence of the record from the files. The reference in this subsection (d) to Section 516A shall cease to be effective on June 30, 2006.

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