FAQs

Why can't the land title office give me legal advice?

Land title staff are unable to advise on legal rights or actions associated with land titles and charges. The Registrar of Land Titles and staff...

How do I know which land title district my property is in?

View a map of the Land Title Districts in BC for more information.

How can I find the Parcel Identifier (PID) for a property?

You can search for a PID using ParcelMap BC, the LTSA's online map of active...

What is a Parcel Identifier (PID)?

A Parcel Identifier or PID is a nine-digit number that uniquely identifies a parcel in the land title register of in BC. The Registrar of Land...

What is an example of a legal description of a parcel of land?

There have been at least nine different survey systems utilized in BC and each describes land in a slightly different manner or format.

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Service Notice: Restricted Access to Land Title Offices

In order to protect the health and well-being of our employees and customers, the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) is restricting access in all Land Title Offices to only its employees, direct access pass holders and Registry Agents until further notice.

Land Title Office front counters are closed; all other office operations continue as usual. Access the COVID-19 practice materials and resources here and follow our Twitter account for updates.

The LTSA cannot process requests for records by telephone or email or complete mail-in requests for land title records on microfilm or in paper. The LTSA also cannot answer questions about the information contained on a record or conduct research on your behalf.

Hire a professional to assist with those services.

BC’s land title register is maintained by the LTSA and contains records dealing with titled land.

Many LTSA records are stored online. Other older records are stored in microfilm or in paper and housed in one of the LTSA's three land title offices

Ways of Searching Land Title Records

Register for a myLTSA Explorer Account

myLTSA Explorer is a single-user account that is ideal for customers who wish to order a limited number of land title records each year.

myLTSA Explorer allows you to:

  • Request registered titles, State of Title Certificates, documents and plans
  • Search by:
    • Parcel Identifier (PID) or title number
    • Document and plan number
    • ParcelMap BC Search
  • Pay by credit card

To complete the online registration form, you will need to enter your contact information including an email address. Once the login process has been completed, you will be able to request titles, State of Title Certificates, documents and plan images. Learn more about myLTSA Explorer or register online.

Request by Mail 

Requests for land title records can be made by mail. Requests for older records on microfilm or in paper will incur extra fees for location and retrieval by LTSA employees. 

Hire a Professional to Assist You

Direct access to original hard copy land title and survey records is limited to LTSA employees and those with direct access privileges including land surveyors, historical researchers and registry agents. Please Hire a Professional to Assist You with research of historical records.

Registry agents and other professionals can electronically request land title records and conduct research on your behalf. Professionals can also assist with interpreting land title records. When you hire a professional, they will provide you with an estimate of their fees and can often deliver the record to you electronically.

Contacting a registry agent is the recommended way to request older land title documents and plans only available on microfilm or in paper at the land title office.