Orange County Clerk-Recorder Achieves Milestone by Reaching 10 Million Electronically Recorded Documents

Today, October 13, 2021, the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department achieved a milestone in electronic recording history by reaching 10 million electronically recorded documents. This accomplishment keeps the department as the nationwide industry leader and is a testament to the department’s commitment to bringing the residents of Orange County fast and efficient services.

“This is a proud moment for the department,” Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen said. “Electronic recording has come a long way from back in 1997 when many thought the concept of submitting documents electronically wouldn’t work. This past year, the pandemic gave us an opportunity to show what an essential service this is, and I am proud to say that Orange County has once again set the standard nationwide.”

Currently the department records 88% of all documents submitted for recording electronically. New Department of Justice regulations which took effect on January 1, 2020, combined with the need to reduce contact due to the COVID-19 pandemic led to a 19% expansion in the number of documents recorded electronically with the department, increasing from 68% in 2019 to its current levels. In addition, SECURE, the department’s current delivery system, approved 800 new authorized submitters since 2020 and anticipates having 21 partner counties by the end of this year.

Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen attributes much of the success to the vision of the late Gary Granville who was the Clerk-Recorder from 1994 to 2002. Under his leadership, Clerk-Recorder Nguyen was part of the team that implemented the first electronic recording system in the nation in 1997. While recording real property documents electronically is a common service today, Orange County changed the industry by implementing the first electronic recording delivery system in the nation.

In 2008, the department joined with Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego Counties to implement the current electronic delivery system known as SECURE. This system allows title, escrow, financial and government institutions to record property documents electronically to multiple counties from one single computer screen.

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