Arizona has become the second multi-jurisdictional state in which 100 percent of its counties are e-recording. Pima County was the last of Arizona’s 15 jurisdictions to implement the new technology.
“As only the second multi-jurisdictional state in the nation to actively pursue and successfully implement electronic recording of documents across 100 percent of it counties, Arizona has united with industry partners to provide an exceptional service to its citizens,” said Helen Purcell, recorder, Maricopa County.
Colorado was the first multi-jurisdictional state to earn the 100 percent designation, while Hawaii also claims 100 percent with its state-based recording system. With the number of counties that are e-recording across the nation nearing the 800 mark, more states are expected to join Arizona, Colorado and Hawaii with 100 percent involvement.
“Along with Colorado and Hawaii, Arizona is proud of the successful collaboration that it took to achieve this uniformity, and the results are proving that real efficiency in government can be the norm,” Purcell said.
E-recording is the automated process in a land records office of receipt, examination, fee calculation and payment, endorsement of recording information and return of recorded electronic documents to the submitter. E-recording improves the quality of data, reduces turn-around times and provides significant cost savings for those who utilize it, when compared to manual processes.
“E-recording hit another milestone with one more state falling into the 100 percent column,” said Mark Monacelli, public records and property valuation director for St. Louis County, Minn. “We hope to increase the pace of full-participation states by developing seamless implementation strategies through the use of the newly created PRIA eRecording eXcellence Workgroup.”
Monacelli is government co-chair of the workgroup, along with Rachael Sokolowksi of Global Debt Registry, who represents the business partners.
PRIA, the national standard-setting body for the land records industry, maintains a list of counties that have implemented eRecording technology and posts the list on the association’s Website (www.pria.us).