First registrations (PG1)

Guidance for conveyancers on the steps to follow when registering 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.

On 28 November 2016, the Registrar made a Direction that means conveyancers can lodge certified copy deeds and documents instead of originals, provided they meet certain conditions. Please see section for full details, or see the summarised instructions in our news announcement.

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

We only provide factual information and impartial advice about our procedures. Read more about the advice we give.

Published 13 October 2003
Last updated 7 February 2017 + show all updates
  1. Section 9 has been amended to give a reminder of our requirements where you are lodging copy deeds with your application.
  2. Section 4.4.4 has been amended as conveyancers can now lodge first registration applications without sending us original deeds and documents.
  3. Link to the advice we offer added.
  4. Section 4.4.4 has been amended to clarify that copy deeds sent to us will be scanned and destroyed.
  5. Added translation