HM Land Registry has introduced temporary changes when verifying a person’s identity and for signing deeds.
In response to the coronavirus outbreak HM Land Registry said it is regularly reviewing its practice, policy and procedures, taking guidance from customer feedback.
As such the changes will now see identity verification in addition to conveyancers and chartered legal executives, can now be undertaken by people who work, or have worked, in certain professions including:
- Retired conveyancers, chartered legal executives, solicitors and barristers
- Bank officials and regulated financial advisers
- Medical doctors, dentists and veterinary surgeons
- Chartered and certified accountants
- Police officers and officers in the UK armed forces
- Teachers and college and university teaching staff
- Members of Parliament and Welsh Assembly members executive officer (SEO) grade or above magistrates
The new changes can also see the verification done by way of a video call.
Further details on these changes will also be available in its new practice guide 67A: temporary changes to HM Land Registry’s evidence of identity requirements.
HM Land Registry will also now accept deeds that have been signed using the ‘Mercury signing approach’.
This means that, for land registration purposes, a signature page will need to be signed in pen and witnessed in person. The signature will then need to be captured, with a scanner or a camera, to produce a PDF, JPEG or other suitable copy of the signed signature page.
Each party will then be required to send a single email to their conveyancer to which is attached the final agreed copy of the document and the copy of the signed signature page.