HM Land Registry has unveiled a new set of requirements to encourage digital identity checks in the conveyancing process.

Land Registry said it wants to support the development of easy to use, modestly priced, remote and digitally secure options for conveyancers to use with their clients. 

To reach the proposed Safe Harbour Standard, published on 17 November 2020, the client must hold a form of evidence that can be checked by interrogating cryptographic security features within the evidence. Conveyancers must check that the evidence is genuine.

The standard is not compulsory and other means of identifying parties to a transaction can be used.

Conveyancers must submit their views on the Safe Harbour Standard by 11 December.