Register of Deeds has accepted the first deed signed with a qualified electronic signature (QES)

Published: 27 October 2022

Since the 1 October, the Register of Deeds has been able to accept electronic documents signed with a qualified electronic signature (QES). This digital progression provides many benefits for our customers.

We are excited to announce the first digital deed signed with QES has been registered by Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP.

Here’s what Kenny Crawford, Business Development Director at Registers of Scotland, has to say:

We are delighted to launch another digital solution that delivers significant benefits that improve safekeeping by embracing new technologies such as digital signatures. Having the in-house skills means we are able to work with our customers to develop products that make a real difference to the day-to-day operations of legal professionals, citizens and support the Scottish Government’s wider digital ambitions

Andy McFarlane, Partner at Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP, said:

It’s great to see Registers of Scotland's new submission system up and running.  Being able to submit documents which have been signed electronically is going to be hugely beneficial to people in our profession.  WJM was the first law firm to submit a document this way and it’s encouraging to see the system in practice and being used successfully.

Still to come

In November you will be able to submit mixed format deeds, which is a single application that comprises a collection of both wet-ink signed documents and QES signed documents (such as missives or counterpart documents).

Learn more

For further information visit our Register of Deeds page and for guidance articles visit the Knowledge Base.