“This is a terrific development for Rhode Island settlement agents and municipal recorders, who have long expressed an interest in modernizing their recording processes,” said Paul Clifford, President of Simplifile. “We’re ready to help additional municipalities get up and running—a process that usually takes only days—so they can take advantage of e-recording’s significant time and cost savings.”
Rhode Island joins 47 other U.S. states that have authorized e-recording of deeds, mortgages, and other documents to enable faster and more cost-effective land record transactions. Only Kentucky and Vermont have yet to begin e-recording.
Simplifile said that its e-recording service is available in 54% of all U.S. counties. Through this technology, settlement agents can scan and submit land records directly to any of the 1,965 participating county recording offices. In just minutes, the county recorder can review, stamp, record and return documents to the settlement agent electronically. Additionally, recording fees and associated payments can be processed directly through Simplifile’s secure service, eliminating payment errors and check-writing expenses.
Headquartered in Provo, Utah, Simplifile has the nation's largest e-recording network. The company was founded in 2000 to connect settlement agents and county recorders via its e-recording service. Today, Simplifile has broadened its services to include collaboration tools and post-closing visibility for mortgage lenders and settlement agents working together on real estate documents. Through Simplifile, users can securely record, share and track documents, data, and fees with ease.