Seven South Dakota Counties Adopt Simplifile as State Authorizes E-Recording

October 25, 2016

Simplifile will begin electronically recording property records in seven South Dakota counties for the first time. The announcement follows a recent decision by the South Dakota state legislature authorizing local register of deeds offices to accept electronically submitted documents.

“We are excited to hit the ground running in South Dakota, where settlement agents and registers of deeds will begin to experience the benefits of e-recording for the first time this week,” said Simplifile President Paul Clifford. “We look forward to the day when residents of all 50 states can enjoy the security, speed, and cost savings of e-recording.”

South Dakota joins 45 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, West Virginia, Vermont and Rhode Island have yet to begin e-recording.

Simplifile expects to add several additional South Dakota counties to its e-recording network, the nation’s largest, within the next 60 days. In the meantime, e-recording is now beginning in the following South Dakota counties:

  • Brule County
  • Clark County
  • Edmunds County
  • Gregory County
  • Hughes County
  • Kingsbury County
  • McPherson County

Simplifile’s e-recording service allows settlement agents to scan and electronically submit property records and associated recording fees directly to the county, making the recording process faster and more secure while reducing payment errors and eliminating check-writing expenses. County recorders can review, stamp, record, and return documents in just minutes.

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