Land Registry to destroy original docs

The Land Registry is changing what documents are needed to change the register of a registered property at the end of June.

Original documents will no longer need to be sent, only certified copies of deeds or documents need to be sent with applications either through the post or electronically.

If you send an original document after June 30, Land Registry will accept it, but it will be scanned and then destroyed.

Land Registry currently returns original documents that are submitted with certified copies.

After June 30, this will no longer happen, Land Registry will destroy both the original document and certified copies after scanning.

This change does not apply to first registration, which will still need original documents.

The changes are being made to align the registration processes for paper applications and applications made through e-DRS (e-DRS only accepts certified copies).

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