FAQs

My local government office has a non-fee paying account for searching LTSA records. Can I use this account to submit EFS documents?

No. The local government must use a fee paying account for electronic filing. The non-fee paying account may only be used for searching LTSA...

Who qualifies as a subscriber approved by the Director of Land Titles to acquire a digital certificate?

Currently, a subscriber may be a BC lawyer in good standing with the Law Society, a BC notary public in good standing with the Society of Notaries...

Which subscribers can electronically sign land title forms?

For land title forms Form A, Form B, Form C - Charge and Form C - Release, a subscriber may be either a BC lawyer, notary public or member of the...

Which is the original of an electronic form?

The electronic form electronically signed by the subscriber and received by the Registrar under the Land Title Act is for all purposes...

In accordance with the Director of Land Titles’ announcement of January 9, 2017, two temporary electronic filing exemptions have been removed effective March 1, 2017:

a.  Applications requiring preliminary inspection, as well as their release (all applicants), specifically:

  • Caveats
  • Certificates of Pending Litigation
  • Provincial Expropriations
  • Injunctions
  • Provisional Indefeasible Titles
  • Securities Act Charges

b.  Form C - Releases for members of the public filing in person (registered owners), except Form C – Releases of a Claim of Builders Lien

Hardcopy land title forms that were executed before the effective date of a requirement to electronically file them will still be accepted. These exemption removals will enable the LTSA to gain efficiencies in the processing of applications requiring preliminary inspection and applications for releases, increasing examination accuracy, security and speed.

Through the implementation of the Authorized Subscriber Register (ASR), the LTSA has extended the classes of subscribers eligible to electronically sign land title forms, including the Form C – Release, to include authorized federal and provincial government statutory officers, local government officials, and BC commissioners for taking affidavits appointed under the Evidence Act. These commissioners must be employed by certain companies that currently prepare and submit specified land title documents in which they are both the applicant and owner of the interest.

It is recommended that professionals who are manually submitting applications requiring preliminary inspection familiarize themselves with Electronic Filing System (EFS) requirements and make the necessary changes to be able to file electronically.

EFS training is available in person or via a live webinar at no cost by calling the Customer Service Centre 1-877-577-5872 or 604-630-9630 in Metro Vancouver. This training is approved for credit by the Law Society of British Columbia's Continuing Professional Development Program and Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia's Qualified Continuing Education Program. Contact your professional organization for more information.