Land registration – guidance

Land Registry electronic document registration service

Property professionals can apply to change the register electronically.

Use our electronic document registration service (e-DRS) to submit documents and:

  • reduce average end-to-end processing times
  • cut back on paper consumption
  • reduce postage and manual processing costs
  • create an audit trail to help prevent fraud

How to get access

You need a portal ID to use e-DRS. If you don’t already have one, sign up to Business e-services.

Before getting access, you must also agree to the conditions of use.

To access e-DRS through the Land Registry portal, you need authorised users set up with one of the following portal access roles:

  • general access and e-DRS
  • e-conveyancer edit and submit

You can then access e-DRS through Business Gateway. This service gives you instant access to the Land Registry’s property records. Your case management systems (CMS) can then communicate directly and securely with Land Registry’s systems.

Submit an e-DRS application

You need to include your application forms and supporting documents as electronic copies when submitting your application using e-DRS.

Most documents need to be scanned, eg transfers and charges or other supporting documents. Some application forms, eg ‘change the register (AP1)’ can be prepared on your computer, signed electronically (with a typed signature) and uploaded without the need for printing and scanning.

Online Stamp Duty Land Tax certificates can also be uploaded without the need to print and scan.

Once you have filled in your application form and scanned your supporting documents, submit them through e-DRS.

  1. Access our ‘Registration Service’ on the portal.
  2. Select the application type you’re submitting.
  3. Enter the reference and title number for each title.
  4. Select the relevant documents for your applications by following the on-screen instructions.

You’ll need to select the appropriate certification statement for your attachment. You can enter up to 50 title numbers per application. We’ll send you confirmation if your application has been successfully submitted.

Sign up to e-notifications and we’ll let you know when completed documents are ready for you to download in your portal ‘PDF Downloads’ area.

Create e-notifications: user guide

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If you submit an application and we raise a requisition, it will be sent electronically. Select the ‘Reply to requisition service’ in the portal and repeat the steps to resubmit any amended attachments.

Read our e-DRS user guide for more information about how to use the service.

Contact us

If you need more information, please contact Customer Support