Under the Land Title Act, the electronic version of a document submitted through EFS is deemed to be the original document for all purposes once it is registered by the Registrar.

The subscriber must be in position to deliver the true copy or copy of the true copy of the original electronic instrument if requested by the Registrar, until the application has been fully registered by the Registrar.

The length of time that files and documents must be retained after registration is not established by the LTSA. Professional stakeholder groups, such as the Law Society of British Columbia, will often develop rules or make recommendations to establish best practices for their members. You may wish to check with your professional body to see if rules regarding file retention have been published for your membership group.

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