PRIA Publishes Second Bi-annual eRecording Document Volume Survey

Raleigh, N.C. –The Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) has released the 2018 survey of recording jurisdictions that enabled electronic recording prior to January 1, 2016.  This project, initiated in the second quarter of 2017, surveyed 1,655 recording jurisdictions across the United States.  PRIA maintains a list of all eRecording counties that is updated monthly and posted to

To obtain the maximum number of responses, the survey was redistributed in the third and fourth quarters of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018. The final report is based 586 survey submissions.

Zach Zaharek, vice president, senior corporate counsel for Data Trace Information Services LLC – a subsidiary of First American Financial Corporation, and co-chair of this project, explains, “We are pleased with the 35 percent response rate on this survey and look to improve upon that percentage in future years’ surveys.”

Chad Airhart, recorder, Dallas Co., IA, government co-chair of the project noted, “Our goal was to keep the survey brief to encourage recorders to respond.  As we begin planning for the 2018 survey, initiated in the first quarter of 2019, the questions will continue to be refined to ensure they are clear and that the response time for a county is minimal.”

PRIA’s industry partners have been hungry for information about the volume and acceptance of electronic recording, and this bi-annual survey offers a benchmark for understanding the growth of eRecording.

This survey was 18 months in development, from concept to delivery, with the ultimate goal of shortening the delivery time of subsequent surveys to provide the timeliest information possible. The results are available for download, at no charge, in the Resource Library on the public-facing side of the PRIA website.

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