Marianne Hileman, Recorder of Deeds, has announced that as of March 25, 2014, the Armstrong County Recorder of Deed’s Office has joined 19 counties within Pennsylvania to accept e-recording.
Electronic Recording (e-recording) has been around since the 1990’s but did not start to take hold until approximately 2006. Armstrong County Recorder of Deed’s Office had not ventured into this territory until now.
“There is positive growth in this industry and it is time for our Recorder’s Office to be a part of the growth,” Hileman said through a news release.
Currently documents are sent to Hileman through USPS, FedEx, and UPS. If the document is rejected for any reason, it must be returned to the submitter. It can take at least week or longer before the document is resubmitted. With e-recording, a document can be submitted and placed on record immediately. If rejected, it will be returned to the submitter and can be returned with corrections within minutes.
Original documents never leave the submitters possession, leaving less chance of documents being lost or misplaced. It allows increased security and efficiency as the documents are tracked through the entire process. There is also a reduction of paper usage overall which translates to a positive effect on the environment. Electronic recording simplifies the process.
No fees are encountered by the County. Simplifile is the current vendor for the County’s e-recording process which is where the documents are submitted to and forwarded to our office electronically. Hileman said other vendors may be added as the need arises.