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A landmark in our electronic services was reached this autumn when the millionth application was received through our electronic Document Registration Service (e-DRS).

The application was lodged by Dechert LLP. Real estate partner Bill Fryzer said the global law firm was very pleased to have helped Land Registry pass the milestone.

“To have achieved this in a relatively short period of time is not only a measure of the increasing activity in the property sector, but further evidence of how technology continues to bring improvements to the ways in which we work,” he said.

Part of our preparation for becoming a digital organisation is to identify and introduce more electronic elements to our existing systems, services and processes. Where we have introduced electronic elements they are proving more popular than their paper alternatives.

The 3,000 customers who use e-DRS are able to send us electronic applications to:

  • register almost all transactions and interests relating to registered property
  • register and extend leases for any registered property

whether the application affects the whole or part of a property.

In March we introduced a 50 per cent fee reduction for transfers of whole, charges of whole, transfers of charges and most fixed fee applications submitted using e-DRS.

We continue to look for improvements to e-DRS and are once again working with customers to identify these improvements. We recently updated some of the user screens and introduced complementary services to the portal, such as our new MapSearch service.

Operations Manager Shane Bartlett said: “The success of e-DRS is in no small part due to the hard work that customers have put into development and enhancement of the service and we’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has been involved.”

Not using e-DRS?

All you need is:

  • a Land Registry portal account
  • the ability to scan documents.

To sign up visit our website or contact your customer team.


Gavin Curry
By Gavin Curry,
Digital Communications and Editorial Officer at HM Land Registry