Raleigh, N.C. – Two new milestones were attained in July with 1,700 recording jurisdictions now electronically recording (eRecording) documents and 80 percent of the country’s population residing in jurisdictions with eRecording capabilities. This is an increase of 200 recording jurisdictions in the past 12 months and a four point percentage jump in population coverage. The 1,700 recording jurisdictions represent more than 47 percent of the nation’s 3,600 recording jurisdictions.
Mark Ladd, vice president of Regulatory and Industry Affairs at Simplifile, and president of the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA), applauded this accomplishment. Ladd acknowledged, “PRIA is a standard setting body that promotes and monitors the adoption of eRecording throughout the United States. We continue to experience a steady, monthly increase in the number of recording jurisdictions enabling eRecording in an effort to streamline their office workflows and boost both efficiencies and turnaround times for their submitters.”
Electronic recording (eRecording) is the automated process in a property records office of receipt, examination, fee calculation and payment, endorsing of recording information and return of recorded electronic documents to the submitter. eRecording improves the quality of data, reduces turn-around times and provides significant cost savings for those who utilize it, when compared to a manual process.
“Not only is the number of eRecording jurisdictions another benchmark, but the 80 percent population coverage is even more significant,” said Washoe County (Nev.) recorder and PRIA vice president, Larry Burtness. “As the PRIA eRecording standards continue to mature, the number of counties leveraging this technology and the percentage of the population covered continues to expand.”
According to PRIA’s tracking system, it took from the late 1990s until August 2006 to reach the 200 eRecording counties mark. Since 2006, an additional 1,500 counties have stepped up to enable the electronic recordation of documents.
PRIA, the leading resource for the property records industry, maintains a list of jurisdictions that have implemented eRecording technology and posts the list on the association’s Website (www.pria.us). The list includes jurisdictions whose implementations have been verified by PRIA.
The names of the eRecording jurisdictions are available to the public on the PRIA website, while PRIA members have access to a more detailed list which includes contact information for the jurisdictions, as well as the jurisdiction’s technology vendor(s). The list is continually updated by the PRIA administrative staff that works with key volunteer resources to find and report new eRecording-enabled jurisdictions..
The eRecording process also provides a competitive edge to the firms that submit documents to the recorders electronically, by decreasing turnaround time and speeding up the transaction process.
Specific questions on eRecording can be directed to the PRIA offices at email@example.com.
PRIA develops and promotes national standards and best practices for the property recording industry by identifying appropriate opportunities for collaboration among industry stakeholders; developing recommendations for standards and best practices; encouraging and supporting the adoption of such standards and practices; providing a clearinghouse for property-records-related information; and educating members, stakeholders and the public about the property records industry. For more information on PRIA, visit www.pria.us.