We have made three enhancements to our electronic Document Registration Service (e-DRS) to save customers time and money.

The first allows you to send electronic applications to extend the term of an existing registered lease via the HM Land Registry portal. We have created a video to demonstrate the service.

Secondly, we have increased the file size limit for e-DRS attachments from 3.6MB to 10MB. This will allow you to attach larger documents such as leases with your e-DRS applications.

Thirdly, the wording of certification statements for customers who use e-DRS through the portal has changed to the following:

  • I/We certify this attachment is a true copy of the original document;
  • I/We certify this attachment is a true copy of a document which is certified by a conveyancer to be a true copy of the original; and
  • This attachment is an uncertified copy.

The revised certification statements can be selected or changed by use of a radio button, or option button, rather than the previous drop-down menu. The first statement will be pre-selected as a default setting.

For more information, please contact Head of Product Development Angela Jackson.

If you would like to be involved in user testing events for a planned e-DRS launch to include transfers of part and new leases out of a registered title, please contact Angela or Julie-Anne Soper, via lrconnect@landregistry.gov.uk.

E-DRS was launched a year ago on 3 December 2012, when we received 323 applications (139 via the portal, 184 via Business Gateway) from 71 different customers (65 via the portal, six via Business Gateway).

On 3 December 2013 we received 2,510 e-DRS applications (1,625 via the portal, including 20 dispositionary first leases, and 865 via Business Gateway) from 479 different customers (470 via the portal, eight via Business Gateway and one that used both channels).

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