You originally said (and I am copying and pasting from above here):
I need to remove it from my public record.
It is negatively affecting my FICO.
Public record means the state public records
Credit bureaus are not public, As a matter of fact you can have the reports at all three bureaus frozen
California says this:
You must contact the credit bureau agencies directly to modify or to remove a lien from your credit bureau report.
We do not report lien information directly to the credit bureau agencies. The Notice of State Tax Lien and Release of Lien become public information after being recorded at a county recorder’s office or filed with the California Secretary of State. The credit bureau agencies get the information from either the county recorder or California Secretary of State and report it on your credit bureau report. We do not govern the credit bureau agency’s policy regarding the length of time or the accuracy of the information they keep on your credit bureau report.
Each Credit bureau has their own policy about how long items must stay ... a bankruptcy
, for example will stay on all three bureaus for 10 years, regardless.
You are correct about the 7 year history.
An unpaid tax lien can remain on a credit file indefinitely per the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Hopefully having all the facts will help you see around some corners. And hopefully you'll rate my answer based on its accuracy and thoroughness, rather than any good news/bad news content.