Electronic Signatures and Registered Land

The Electronic Commerce Act 2000 (Application of sections 12 to 23 to Registered Land) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 55 of 2022) was signed into law by the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications on 9th February 2022.

This statutory instrument applies the specified provisions of the Electronic Commerce Act 2000 to the law governing how an interest in registered land may be created, acquired, disposed of or registered.   

The Electronic Commerce Act 2000 provides that the consent of a public body to the use of an electronic signature is required and, until such time as a system has been developed and implemented, the Authority is not in a position to accept electronic/digital signatures on Land Registry or Registry of Deeds forms.

The Authority welcomes the introduction of the legislation which will enable the PRA, together with our stakeholders, explore the potential for the development of a paperless system of registration.