Arizona House Bill 2240 – Deadline for Judgment Validity in Arizona Extended to Ten Years

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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed HB2240 into law on March 20, 2018, extending the time by which Arizona judgments may be enforced from five to ten years. The new Arizona (A.R.S. §§ 12-1551, 12-1611 and 12-1612) law was effective as of August 18, 2018.

Pursuant to the new law, on August 3, 2018, judgments and judgment liens became valid for a ten-year period from their date of entry. The deadline for judgment renewal was extended to ten-years for an affidavit or filing a lawsuit.

The new law, however, leaves open the question of handling judgments entered prior to August 3, 2018. Generally, judgments and liens that expired prior to August 3, 2018 will not be renewed. Judgements with a date of entry in the previous five years will now be valid for ten years. The renewal process for a judgement within the past five years will also be extended to ten years.

Carson Messinger attorneys can assist you in understanding this new law and the uncertainly surrounding the five and ten-year schedule for judgment and judgment lien renewals in Arizona. Contact our firm today at 602-264-2261 or email

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