Secretary of State Connie Lawson Praises Development of Real Property Electronic Recording Standards

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Secretary of State Connie Lawson praised the work of the Indiana Electronic Recording Commission, which recently completed work on a set of standards and practices that will guide real property transactions into 2020 and beyond.

In 2017, Indiana adopted the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act (“URPERA”). With that legislation, the Electronic Recording Commission was also established to adopt uniform real property electronic recording standards in Indiana.

Governor Eric Holcomb appointed five commissioners on November 17, 2017:

  • Jamie Chapman, Daviess County Recorder
  • Anita Mather, Allen County Recorder
  • Nichole Keller, Clay County Recorder
  • Jessica McAlpin, Underwriting Counsel at Fidelity National Title Group
  • Kevin Quinn, Senior Vice President of Retail Lending at First Internet Bank

The commission was tasked with keeping the standards and practices of recording offices and the technology used by county recorders in Indiana consistent with other jurisdictions that have also adopted URPERA. The Commission has accomplished this goal by developing electronic recording standards that are published on the Indiana Recorders Association’s (an affiliate of the Association of Indiana Counties) website.

“The development of uniform property standards in Indiana adds clarity and consistency to our code, ensuring that paper and digital records are equally reputable within our state,” said Secretary Lawson. “I would like to thank Governor Holcomb, members of the Electronic Recording Commission, and my Business Services team for their labor on this matter.”

The standards will serve as an invaluable resource to county recorders, delivery agents, and the real estate industry. The Secretary of State’s office staffed the Electronic Recording Commission over the past year by facilitating commission meetings and organizing time for key stakeholders in the industry to provide feedback and commentary to commissioners in developing the standards.