Authority and Identity Requirements for E-Dealing Guideline 2018 – LINZG20775

Most electronic instruments may be lodged with LINZ only after the certifying practitioner with authority to act for the party certifies the instrument in accordance with regulation 7 of the Land Transfer Regulations 2018.

Document Status: Current
Document Number: 20775
Regulatory Area: Land titles
Document Type: Guideline
Published date: 12 November 2018

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This guideline is to assist practitioners understand their obligations when making e-dealing certifications regarding authority and identity. It focuses on practitioners’ obligations to:

  • ensure they have proper authority from their client; 
  • take reasonable steps to ensure their client has legal capacity;
  • verify the identity of their client; and
  • retain the evidence they have relied on to support those certifications.

Note: This 12 November 2018 version revises certain Terms or Definitions and the 'Identity verification decision tree' (Schedule 3). It also references the PLS Guidelines (which aligns with recently updated November 2019 edition) and substitutes other wording.

The Registrar-General has issued interim guidance related to this Guideline and the use of audio-visual methods to complete client A&I forms and ID verification when working remotely.

Updated Date: Friday, 3 January 2020