PRIA Board Approves Models of eRecording Paper for Publication

Morrisville, N.C. – The Board of Directors of the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) has approved for publication the group’s most recent White Paper, “Models of eRecording – Updated.” This White Paper was produced and submitted by PRIA’s Business and Technical Requirements Work Group under the guidance of the Technology Committee.

This paper examines the evolving nature and definition of the characteristics of land record documents submitted for electronic recording (eRecording) which were initially defined and characterized by Carl Ernst in 2000. First described as “levels,” the term “models” has become predominant as eRecording has matured. Restricting discussion of eRecording to three distinct models, as was initially the case, quickly yielded to a continuum of models to accommodate emerging processes, solutions and system enhancements. This paper analyzes and explains how the continuum of eRecording makes the models relevant to the adoption of eRecording today and how the future of eRecording may be evolving into a natively paper versus a natively electronic environment.

According to the Work Group Co-chair, Larry Burtness, County Recorder in Washoe County, Nev., “When the Work Group originally collaborated on the Models of eRecording paper in 2009, it presented a continuum concept to the eRecording community, breaking away from the traditional Model 1, 2 and 3 presentations. As a result, submitters and recording jurisdictions were provided the opportunity to use their preferred business practices to develop the specific location on the continuum of electronic recording. This updated PRIA work product brings the reader even closer to the practical applications utilized today.”

David Ewan, PRIA president and underwriting counsel for Westcor Land Title Insurance Co.., observed, “The revision to this paper demonstrates PRIA’s commitment to the property records industry to always remain relevant and provide updated standards as technology develops. The evolution of eRecording from “levels” to “models” to a continuum of models illustrates the practical application of technological advances to existing land records management systems over time.”

The paper is available on the PRIA website ( for both members and non- members.

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