The ALTA Registry: Efficient. Accurate. Needed.

The ALTA Registry Will Launch in October 2017!

The ALTA Registry will be ready to publish Title Agent listings beginning in October of 2017. Join us at ALTA ONE in the ALTA Registry Information Center (near the Omni Session Room) to learn more about your ALTA ID and how to get your listing confirmed and published in the ALTA Registry. In the meantime, get a quick overview of the Registry on our YouTube Channel.

What is the ALTA Registry and why do we need it?

The ALTA Title & Settlement Agent Registry is a searchable online database of underwriter-confirmed title agent companies, real estate attorneys, and underwriter direct offices.  

Lenders, title agents, title underwriters and other participants in the closing process must be able to identify each other and communicate in a timely and consistent manner throughout the mortgage transaction. Because there has been no unique ID number used across the industry to help match provider records in different databases, communication has often been difficult and costly for the title industry and its customers. This challenge can also impact compliance and vendor oversight requirements and the need for collaboration throughout the transaction.

As the national trade association for the land title insurance industry, ALTA is perfectly positioned to develop and maintain this industry utility. ALTA offers a unique 7-digit identifier, the ALTA ID, which is automatically assigned to each new database record as a permanent ID number and is never changed, reassigned, or reused. Branch offices have their own ALTA IDs and may be connected to primary business locations with no requirement for consecutive or numerically correlated ALTA ID numbers. ALTA ID numbers are available for free to title agents and to real estate attorneys.

What happens next?

Underwriter on-boarding is happening now.  Underwriters are preparing to work with title agents to confirm listings.  A list of Underwriters who can confirm listings will be available in early October.

Title Agent on-boarding begins in October of 2017.  Title agents will be able to review their existing ALTA records and add any missing records.  Once records are reviewed and updated, a company contact person may request an ALTA Registry listing via the ALTA Registry Management System (RMS) section of the ALTA website. Underwriters will review and confirm title agent requests before listings are published in the ALTA Registry.

Real Estate Attorney on-boarding will begin in January of 2018.  Real Estate Attorneys will be able to request a listing by submitting attorney licensing information as confirmation.  Attorneys who are title agents should be confirmed by their underwriter(s) and listed as title agents.

See us at ALTA ONE in Miami!

The Registry Information Center at ALTA ONE is the place to be for one-on-one conversations and assistance with your listings.  In the meantime, more information is available via the links below.

More questions? If you have questions about the Registry, you can also contact staff at altaregistry@alta.org or toll-free at 855-618-2582 .