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What I'd like is to have an individual prove ownership of a parcel of land and then verify this claim digitally.

  1. What is the conventional process of a person proving ownership of their parcel of land?

  2. Can this be done digitally?

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  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's more a speculative question about a possible business or the implementation of a business process rather than a question of law. Nov 24, 2018 at 18:16
  • Let me rephrase. Nov 24, 2018 at 18:30
  • An individual does not need to prove they own the land to you.
    – paparazzo
    Nov 25, 2018 at 16:03
  • Are you doing this because you believe you have a claim to that land? Or some other purpose?
    – Ron Beyer
    Nov 25, 2018 at 16:17
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    Documents showing ownership of land are (in the US at least) generally public records. Some jurisdictions provide these in a digital format. Nov 29, 2018 at 18:46

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1) For the US, generally speaking, you will need to look at records in the county recorder’s office, and possibly mortgage/bank companies and title companies. If the land ownership is under one of many different flavors of a corporation, you will need access to state/federal corporate records, and sometimes that will not give you individual names.

2) That's pure speculation. Be prepared to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars+ on legal fees alone to negotiate licenses for access to the data, ensure that such a system legally and securely accesses tax records, complies with local, state and federal laws for privacy and security, and also deals with legacy analog systems at the county level.

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  • Right now, in my county, I can access electronic records and see who owns land. I don't believe that was the case twenty years ago. I don't know about other places. Whether the information can be gotten digitally depends on how the records are set up. There is no "yes" or "no" answer. Dec 26, 2018 at 21:26
  • That's why I say "That's pure speculation" when answering the question "Can this be done digitally?" Dec 26, 2018 at 21:33
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  1. Depends on the country/state. Typically, land ownership titles are held in central registries. These record land transactions and are the first authoritative sources of data who owns what parcel. Nowadays they're mostly digital already. To prove ownership you ask the registry to search and provide info on your parcel.
  2. All you need is access to the database. For example, in New Zealand, lots of data related to land parcels can be downloaded, but this will not contain information on who the owners are (still it will tell how many owners own particular parcel). The info on owners is provided on parcel by parcel basis for a fee.
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  • Silent downvoter come forward and explain.
    – Greendrake
    Dec 5, 2018 at 4:17

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