The general instructions on this website do not guarantee registration
All land title applications undergo a complete examination after they are received. The LTSA recommends you consult with a legal professional who can provide advice on compliance with these statutory forms and related matters.
LTSA employees are not permitted to provide legal advice or assist in completing forms. If you choose to submit an application yourself, the land title office registration process for applications received by mail or in person is described below.
Each time a person buys or sells a property, or updates an interest on title, such as a mortgage, an application must be filed to LTSA to update the land title register. Changes to title are also commonly needed following the death of a spouse, a divorce or marriage.
When an application is filed with LTSA, it is reviewed to meet requirements under the Land Title Act or other statutes. If all legal requirements are met, LTSA then updates the title in the land title register.
When an Application Arrives at LTSA
- When an application arrives at the land title office, it will be checked for completeness. If available, we recommend you use an online form to fill out the application and submit using your BC Services Card app.
- Review your application carefully before mailing it to the land title office. If you mail in an application and it is missing a signature or other information, it will be mailed back to you to fix. This will delay the application.
- Once an application has all the information filled in, it will be assigned a date, time and a pending application number and sent to an Examiner of Title to review for legal requirements.
If There’s a Problem with an Application
- If an application doesn’t meet legal requirements, you will be mailed a notice explaining the problem. Even for applications submitted online, LTSA is required by legislation to mail notices by Canada Post.
- If you filed the application, it is your responsibility to fix the problem.
- Mail back the corrected application promptly and check that you are paying any fees owing. An application may be cancelled if there is too long a delay.
- Do not use correction fluid (wite-out) on an application. This will result in it being returned to you.
- If the application meets all requirements, the change will be registered and the title is updated.
- Turnaround times vary, but typically, within 10-15 business days, most land title applications are registered.
- If you would like confirmation of registration, you may order a State of Title Certificate for a fee with an application.
If you have questions, please call the Customer Service Centre.