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FAQs


What is the California Land Title Association (CLTA)?

The California Land Title Association is a non-profit trade organization representing the entire title industry in California. The Association develops title forms and has a number of services to offer its members along with serving as a unified voice on legislative and regulatory issues. A strong Association benefits all of its members.

Are we a member of the CLTA?


The CLTA consists of three types of membership including Regular, Associate and Affiliate members. CLTA Regular membership consists of our California underwritten title companies, and title insurance companies which are licensed by the California Department of Insurance. Associate Membership consists of companies engaged in the title or title insurance business in a state, other than California, bordering on the Pacific Ocean or adjoining the State of California (current members are in Nevada and Hawaii). Affiliate Membership consists of individuals in title industry related professions. Check our Member Directory for all member listings.

Where can I obtain statistical information relating to the title industry and/or real estate?

Some statistical information is offered by the American Land Title Association (ALTA) at www.alta.org, and by the California Association of Realtors (CAR) at www.car.org. The California Land Title Association does not compile statistical information.

Where can I obtain “training” information to become a title company employee?

Many title companies train within their own company. However, the CLTA’s Education Committee generally offers a “Basic Education” seminar every other year, past seminar materials, and an educational video training series entitled “Developing a Basic Understanding of Title". See Publications for more information. For upcoming CLTA education seminars, see our Calendar.

How can I obtain information on a title company licensed in California that is no longer in business?

The California Department of Insurance
www.insurance.ca.gov
300 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(800) 927-4357 (HELP) or (213) 897-8921
*Be sure to indicate your inquiry is related to Real Property Insurance
 
What state agency regulates title companies in California?

California Department of Insurance
www.insurance.ca.gov
300 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(800) 927-4357 (HELP) or (213) 897-8921
*Be sure to indicate your inquiry is related to Real Property Insurance
 
What state agency regulates escrow companies in California?

California Department of Business Oversight
  
How can I order additional copies of the CLTA Directory?

Most of the CLTA publications are available for purchase according to membership. See Become a Member to find Regular and Associate Member, Affiliate Member, or Non-Member order forms. CLTA Regular members include our California Title Companies, Associate Members are our Nevada and Hawaii Title Companies, and Affiliates are individual members from affiliated industries.  The order forms can be downloaded to print directly from this website. All orders must be mailed to the CLTA with payment by form of a check and the order will be processed promptly. Fax and telephone orders are not accepted.

How can I obtain order forms to purchase CLTA publications?

The following order forms are available to print directly from this website. Most publications are available according to membership on the Regular Member, Affiliate Member, or Non-Member order forms. Additional order forms are for the Title Consumer and Reporter Series, Seminar Notebooks, and Audio and Video Training. All orders must be mailed to the CLTA with payment by form of a check and the order will be processed promptly. Fax and telephone orders are not accepted.

How can I process payment of an order or invoice?

All orders and invoices must be pre-paid by form of a check. Unfortunately, we are not equipped to process credit cards.

What are the Title Consumer and Title Reporter Series?

The Title Consumers are 3- or 4-fold consumer brochures, and the Title Reporters are 8½ x 11 color flyers. Both the Consumers and Reporters are designed to assist title company members in providing consumers with useful title and real estate related information in the most concise, and educational form. It is the goal to provide consumer education information to the general public in order to foster a greater understanding of the role of the title industry. Participating CLTA Committees made up of industry member professionals, compile the consumer information for publishing.  Available to CLTA Regular and Associate Member Title Companies.

What is the CLTA Manual?

The Manual contains a discussion of the basic elements of insuring land titles in California with suggested recommendations. These suggestions are no more than a guide. No guide can anticipate all problems, nor can any guide provide irrevocable rules for dealing with the problems discussed. Situations often compel deviation, and sometimes there are better ways of doing things. No guidelines can be written to cover every conceivable situation. The Manual is not a textbook and is not intended as a statement of the law applicable to the subjects covered. Member companies of the California Land Title Association may or may not follow recommended practices. This inconsistency will be based upon the varying factual situations and the underwriting standards of each company. The rules and practices of any particular member company may vary.

The Manual is a copyrighted publication for the use of California Land Title Association Regular and Associate members only. See “What is the CLTA CD ROM?”

Available only on CD ROM and only to CLTA Regular and Associate Member Title Companies. Update fee invoiced annually.

What are the CLTA Policy and Endorsement Forms (P&E)?

The CLTA P&E Forms is a compilation publication of standard forms currently recommended for use by the members of the California Land Title Association and are also available for purchase by Non-Members. These forms contain, and the revisions will reflect, only material which has been formally adopted by the CLTA and are on file with the Insurance Commissioner of the State of California.  The purchase of the CLTA P&E forms is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of reliance; that the purchase, ownership or possession of these forms is not an offer of the California Land Title Association or any of its members to undertake insurance nor issue any particular form of insurance.  Available in print or on CD ROM. Update fee invoiced annually.

What is the CLTA CD-ROM?

The CD ROM contains the CLTA Manual and/or the Policy and Endorsement Forms publications. The CD ROM, provided using the “Folio” infobase format, provides many advantages over the printed versions. Primarily, title industry professionals are provided with easy access to the information they need. This is done by providing “links” from one place in the document to another place in the document where referenced. For example, if one section in the Manual references another section, the user can go to that referenced section immediately by simply choosing the direct link.  Available to CLTA Regular and Associate Member Title Companies. Update fee invoiced annually.

California Land Title Association


1215 K Street #1816 Sacramento, CA 95814-3905
Email: mail@clta.org  |  Phone: 916-444-2647  |   Fax: 916-444-2851