The Director of Land Titles has announced changes to the Director's Requirements to File Land Title Forms Electronically [DR-06-11]. Stakeholders affected by the changes have been consulted and feedback has been considered. The changes include the removal of two of the temporary exemptions from required electronic filing pursuant to section 168.11 of the Land Title Act.
Effective March 1, 2017, the following changes will come into effect:
a) Removal of exemption for applications requiring preliminary inspection, as well as their release (all applicants), specifically:
- Certificates of Pending Litigation
- Provincial Expropriations
- Provisional Indefeasible Titles
- Securities Act Charges
b) Removal of exemption for 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 Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (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 at 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.
For more information on the LTSA's EFS and the ASR, visit the LTSA website.