First registrations (PG1)

Guidance for conveyancers on how to register unregistered estates in land for the first time (practice guide 1).


First registration copy deeds conveyancer's certificate

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This guide deals with the procedure to be followed when applying for first registration of unregistered estates in land. It does not deal with the effects of registration or the characteristics of the various classes of title with which land may be registered.

The Registrar has made a Direction that means conveyancers can lodge certified copy deeds and documents instead of originals, provided they meet certain conditions. See section for full details, or see the summarised instructions in our news announcement.

Remember to enclose the conveyancer’s certificate when lodging an application consisting entirely of copy deeds.

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Published 13 October 2003
Last updated 2 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Section 4.4.3 has been amended to reflect current practice.

  2. Section has been amended to confirm that where an application is made on the basis of certified copy deeds and documents only, we still require form FR1, form DL and any identity forms to be originals.

  3. Section 4.6 has been amended to reflect how paper applications are sent to us.

  4. Section 8.1 has been amended as a result of changes to unitary authority areas coming into effect on 1 April 2019.

  5. Sections 4.3.3, 4.3.5 and 4.3.12 have been amended as a result of a review of our rejection criteria on applications for first registration.

  6. Section has been amended to provide further clarification as to who may sign the separate additional certification required when an application is made on the basis of certified copy deeds and documents only.

  7. Sections 4.4.6 has been updated following the revocation of rule 111A by The Land Registration (Amendment) Rules 2018 coming into force on 6 April 2018. Updates have also been made to sections 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 on the amendment of rule 203 of the Land Registration Rules 2003. Section 4.4.11 has been updated to reflect the introduction of Land Transaction Tax for transactions affecting land in Wales completed on or after 1 April 2018. Section has also been updated to reflect section 127(11) of the Finance Act 2016, which removed the Stamp Duty Land Tax requirement relating to annual rent for leases granted for a term of 7 years or more on or after 1 April 2016.

  8. Section 9 has been amended to give a reminder of our requirements where you are lodging copy deeds with your application.

  9. Section 4.4.4 has been amended as conveyancers can now lodge first registration applications without sending us original deeds and documents.

  10. Link to the advice we offer added.

  11. Section 4.4.4 has been amended to clarify that copy deeds sent to us will be scanned and destroyed.

  12. Added translation