Land Title Office efiling update
Lawyers are reminded that the Land Title Office now accepts electronic filings from lawyers, notaries and land title agents. The Electronic Filing System (EFS), which began operation on April 1, has processed more than 17,000 documents to date.
A lawyer who wishes to make electronic filings in the Land Title Office must first register with and obtain an Adobe Acrobat signing certificate from Juricert, a company owned by the Law Society. Visit www.juricert.com to register for the service and obtain a signing certificate. EFS users must also arrange for electronic payment of the Property Transfer Tax through BC Online.
Documents that may be filed electronically now include builders’ liens in addition to the Form A (transfer), Form B (mortgage), Form C (charge and release), Declaration, Property Transfer Tax and Electronic Payment Authorization and Property Transfer Tax Return.
The EFS eliminates courier and agent costs and offers extended hours for submitting documents. In addition, the Adobe signing certificate allows lawyers and notaries to save the cost of exchanging paper documents by fax or courier because the documents are signed and filed electronically.
Those using EFS will pay Land Title filing fees and a $2.50 Juricert fee for each document filed. This fee is now charged to the BC OnLine account of the party submitting the document.