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Cessation Day: Cancellation of all paper certificates of title in NSW from 11 October 2021
30 September 2021
From 11 October 2021 (Cessation Date) all paper certificates of title will be cancelled and NSW Land Registry Services (LRS) will no longer issue paper certificates of title. This is part of a transition to a completely electronic process for conveyancing and other land related dealings and means that paper certificates of title will no longer be considered legal documents.
After the Cessation Date, LRS will no longer accept paper dealings (excepting those relating to Water Access Licenses) and all dealings with land will be required to be lodged electronically though an electronic conveyancing network (such as PEXA) by a registered subscriber.
As has always been the case, the Registrar General’s Land Title Register is the single source to determine land ownership (and interests in land) within New South Wales.
One practical implication of the Cessation Date is for parties who physically hold paper certificates of title as security for performance (whether that be for repayment of a loan or otherwise) without registering a mortgage, caveat or other document to protect their interest. Once the certificate of title is cancelled on the Cessation Date, people who fall within this category will no longer have security by the holding of the paper certificate of title. If you fall within this category, we recommend you immediately seek advice (before the Cessation Date) on how to protect your interest following the Cessation Date.
Where can I find more information?
Further information about Cessation Day is available at the NSW Office of the Registrar General’s website available here.
If you have any questions about your certificate of title or are holding a certificate of title as security for performance, please click here to contact us, or call us on +61 2 9233 7299.