Number of electronic-recording counties tops 400.

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The number of counties that have implemented electronic recording systems topped the 400 mark during the month of June, according to the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA), Morrisville, North Carolina. eRecording is the process of receipt, examination, fee calculation and payment, endorsing of recording information and return of recorded electronic documents submitted for recording in a county's land records office.

"It is exciting to see so many counties embracing this technology," said Joan McCalmant, Linn County (Iowa) recorder and PRIA Technology Committee co-chair. "As the PRIA eRecording standards continue to mature, the number of counties leveraging this technology is rapidly expanding."

According to PRIA's tracking system, it took from the late 1990s until August 2006 to reach the 200 eRecording-counties mark. That number has now doubled in less than three years.

PRIA, the national standard-setting body for the land-records industry, maintains a list of counties that have deployed electronic recording technology and posts the list on its Web site (www.pria.us). The list includes counties whose implementations have been verified by PRIA.

"We are certain the actual number of eRecording counties is higher than the number we publish, but the list is limited to those counties we...

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