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PROPERTY
(765 ILCS 33/) Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act.

765 ILCS 33/1

    (765 ILCS 33/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-472, eff. 8-27-07.)

765 ILCS 33/2

    (765 ILCS 33/2)
    Sec. 2. Definitions. In this Act:
        (1) "Document" means information that is:
            (A) inscribed on a tangible medium or that is
        
stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form; and
            (B) eligible to be recorded in the land records
        
maintained by the county recorder.
        (2) "Electronic" means relating to technology having
    
electrical, digital, magnetic, wireless, optical, electromagnetic, or similar capabilities.
        (3) "Electronic document" means a document that is
    
received by the recorder in an electronic form.
        (4) "Electronic signature" means an electronic sound,
    
symbol, or process attached to or logically associated with a document and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the document.
        (5) "Person" means an individual, corporation,
    
business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, public corporation, government, or governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality, or any other legal or commercial entity.
        (6) "State" means a state of the United States, the
    
District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.
        (7) "Secretary" means the Secretary of State.
        (8) "Commission" means the Illinois Electronic
    
Recording Commission.
    Any notifications required by this Act must be made in writing and may be communicated by certified mail, return receipt requested or electronic mail so long as receipt is verified.
(Source: P.A. 95-472, eff. 8-27-07.)

765 ILCS 33/3

    (765 ILCS 33/3)
    Sec. 3. Validity of electronic documents.
    (a) If a law requires, as a condition for recording, that a document be an original, be on paper or another tangible medium, or be in writing, the requirement is satisfied by an electronic document satisfying this Act.
    (b) If a law requires, as a condition for recording, that a document be signed, the requirement is satisfied by an electronic signature.
    (c) A requirement that a document or a signature associated with a document be notarized, acknowledged, verified, witnessed, or made under oath is satisfied if the electronic signature of the person authorized to perform that act, and all other information required to be included, is attached to or logically associated with the document or signature. A physical or electronic image of a stamp, impression, or seal need not accompany an electronic signature.
(Source: P.A. 95-472, eff. 8-27-07.)

765 ILCS 33/4

    (765 ILCS 33/4)
    Sec. 4. Recording of documents.
    (a) In this Section, "paper document" means a document that is received by the county recorder in a form that is not electronic.
    (b) A county recorder:
        (1) who implements any of the functions listed in
    
this Section shall do so in compliance with standards established by the Illinois Electronic Recording Commission and must follow the procedures of the Local Records Act before destroying any original paper records as part of a conversion process into an electronic or other format.
        (2) may receive, index, store, archive, and transmit
    
electronic documents.
        (3) may provide for access to, and for search and
    
retrieval of, documents and information by electronic means, including the Internet, and on approval by the county recorder of the form and amount, the county board may adopt a fee for document detail or image retrieval on the Internet.
        (4) who accepts electronic documents for recording
    
shall continue to accept paper documents as authorized by State law and shall place entries for both types of documents in the same index.
        (5) may convert paper documents accepted for
    
recording into electronic form.
        (6) may convert into electronic form information
    
recorded before the county recorder began to record electronic documents.
        (7) may accept electronically any fee or tax that the
    
county recorder is authorized to collect.
        (8) may agree with other officials of a state or a
    
political subdivision thereof, or of the United States, on procedures or processes to facilitate the electronic satisfaction of prior approvals and conditions precedent to recording and the electronic payment of fees and taxes.
(Source: P.A. 95-472, eff. 8-27-07.)

765 ILCS 33/5

    (765 ILCS 33/5)
    Sec. 5. Administration and standards.
    (a) To adopt standards to implement this Act, there is established, within the Office of the Secretary of State, the Illinois Electronic Recording Commission consisting of 17 commissioners as follows:
        (1) The Secretary of State or the Secretary's
    
designee shall be a permanent commissioner.
        (2) The Secretary of State shall appoint the
    
following additional 16 commissioners:
            (A) Three who are from the land title profession.
            (B) Three who are from lending institutions.
            (C) One who is an attorney.
            (D) Seven who are county recorders, no more than
        
4 of whom are from one political party, representative of counties of varying size, geography, population, and resources.
            (E) Two who are licensed real estate brokers or
        
managing brokers under the Real Estate License Act of 2000.
        (3) On August 27, 2007 (the effective date of this
    
Act), the Secretary of State or the Secretary's designee shall become the Acting Chairperson of the Commission. The Secretary shall appoint the initial commissioners within 60 days and hold the first meeting of the Commission within 120 days, notifying commissioners of the time and place of the first meeting with at least 14 days' notice. At its first meeting the Commission shall adopt, by a majority vote, such rules and structure that it deems necessary to govern its operations, including the title, responsibilities, and election of officers. Once adopted, the rules and structure may be altered or amended by the Commission by majority vote. Upon the election of officers and adoption of rules or bylaws, the duties of the Acting Chairperson shall cease.
        (4) The Commission shall meet at least once every
    
year within the State of Illinois. The time and place of meetings to be determined by the Chairperson and approved by a majority of the Commission.
        (5) Nine commissioners shall constitute a quorum.
        (6) Commissioners shall receive no compensation for
    
their services but may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses at current rates in effect at the Office of the Secretary of State, directly related to their duties as commissioners and participation at Commission meetings or while on business or at meetings which have been authorized by the Commission.
        (7) Appointed commissioners shall serve terms of 3
    
years, which shall expire on December 1st. Five of the initially appointed commissioners, including at least 2 county recorders, shall serve terms of one year, 5 of the initially appointed commissioners, including at least 2 county recorders, shall serve terms of 2 years, and 4 of the initially appointed commissioners shall serve terms of 3 years, to be determined by lot. Of the commissioners appointed under subparagraph (E) of paragraph (2) of this subsection, one of the initially appointed commissioners shall serve a term of 2 years and one of the initially appointed commissioners shall serve a term of 3 years, to be determined by lot. The calculation of the terms in office of the initially appointed commissioners shall begin on the first December 1st after the commissioners have served at least 6 months in office.
        (8) The Chairperson shall declare a commissioner's
    
office vacant immediately after receipt of a written resignation, death, a recorder commissioner no longer holding the public office, or under other circumstances specified within the rules adopted by the Commission, which shall also by rule specify how and by what deadlines a replacement is to be appointed.
    (b) (Blank).
    (c) The Commission shall adopt and transmit to the Secretary of State standards to implement this Act and shall be the exclusive entity to set standards for counties to engage in electronic recording in the State of Illinois.
    (d) To keep the standards and practices of county recorders in this State in harmony with the standards and practices of recording offices in other jurisdictions that enact substantially this Act and to keep the technology used by county recorders in this State compatible with technology used by recording offices in other jurisdictions that enact substantially this Act, the Commission, so far as is consistent with the purposes, policies, and provisions of this Act, in adopting, amending, and repealing standards shall consider:
        (1) standards and practices of other jurisdictions;
        (2) the most recent standards promulgated by national
    
standard-setting bodies, such as the Property Records Industry Association;
        (3) the views of interested persons and governmental
    
officials and entities;
        (4) the needs of counties of varying size,
    
population, and resources; and
        (5) standards requiring adequate information security
    
protection to ensure that electronic documents are accurate, authentic, adequately preserved, and resistant to tampering.
    (e) The Commission shall review the statutes related to real property and the statutes related to recording real property documents and shall recommend to the General Assembly any changes in the statutes that the Commission deems necessary or advisable.
    (f) Funding. The Secretary of State may accept for the Commission, for any of its purposes and functions, donations, gifts, grants, and appropriations of money, equipment, supplies, materials, and services from the federal government, the State or any of its departments or agencies, a county or municipality, or from any institution, person, firm, or corporation. The Commission may authorize a fee payable by counties engaged in electronic recording to fund its expenses. Any fee shall be proportional based on county population or number of documents recorded annually. On approval by a county recorder of the form and amount, a county board may authorize payment of any fee out of the special fund it has created to fund document storage and electronic retrieval, as authorized in Section 3-5018 of the Counties Code. Any funds received by the Office of the Secretary of State for the Commission shall be used entirely for expenses approved by and for the use of the Commission.
    (g) The Secretary of State shall provide administrative support to the Commission, including the preparation of the agenda and minutes for Commission meetings, distribution of notices and proposed rules to commissioners, payment of bills and reimbursement for expenses of commissioners.
    (h) Standards and rules adopted by the Commission shall be delivered to the Secretary of State. Within 60 days, the Secretary shall either promulgate by rule the standards adopted, amended, or repealed or return them to the Commission, with findings, for changes. The Commission may override the Secretary by a three-fifths vote, in which case the Secretary shall publish the Commission's standards.
(Source: P.A. 99-662, eff. 1-1-17; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)

765 ILCS 33/6

    (765 ILCS 33/6)
    Sec. 6. (Blank).
(Source: P.A. 95-472, eff. 8-27-07.)

765 ILCS 33/7

    (765 ILCS 33/7)
    Sec. 7. Relation to Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act. This Act modifies, limits, and supersedes the federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (15 U.S.C. Section 7001, et seq.) but does not modify, limit, or supersede Section 101(c) of that Act (15 U.S.C. Section 7001(c)) or authorize electronic delivery of any of the notices described in Section 103(b) of that Act (15 U.S.C. Section 7003(b)).
(Source: P.A. 95-472, eff. 8-27-07.)

765 ILCS 33/99

    (765 ILCS 33/99)
    Sec. 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 95-472, eff. 8-27-07.)