The purpose of this document is to define the requirements, processes and guidelines for a commercial or governmental entity to become an authorized submitter of electronically filed real property documents and court documents.
Electronic Filing of Court Cases
For more information on eFiling, please visit the State of Texas web site at: www.eFileTexas.gov
Electronic Recording of Official Public Records
Tarrant County began eRecording in February 2004. Today, we're recording more than 70 percent of the county's official public records electronically.
The answer is simple - Efficiency. eRecording ensures recording without waiting in lines, ensures your record is made available online quicker and alleviates last minute rushes to the County Clerk's office. It is more efficient for the county and more efficient for submitters. Once a document is in electronic form and recorded in the Clerk's office, its electronic return allows the submitter to immediately forward the recorded document to their client.
How Does the eRecording Process Work?
Who is a Good Candidate to eRecord?
Texas Local Government Code Chapter 195.003 prohibits us from offering eRecording services to the general public. Generally, entities include but are not limited to:
There are two options to consider:
Become an authorized submitter by developing an application enabling direct interface and filing with Tarrant County. This will allow you to avoid additional fees but does require communication standards be met. Specifications and Standards can be reviewed at the Thomson Reuters website.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) must be signed and submitted. The MOU defines the technical, procedural and financial requirements of eRecording. The MOU references certain Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) standards which may be reviewed at www.pria.us.
Upon receipt, the prospective submitter will be contacted by IT to review qualifications. If qualified, the potential submitter will be contacted by Thomson-Reuters, the county's vendor for eRecording services, to schedule testing of the interface.
Upon successful testing, the MOU is submitted to Tarrant County Commissioners Court for approval.
Once the MOU has been fully executed, an escrow account is established with the County Clerk Accounting department. Fees are deducted from the account upon acceptance of each document.
Lastly, the submitter is assigned a user ID and password.
County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111
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