Like many Recorders throughout the United States, San Luis Obispo County made its official records accessible to the public on microfilm. The County’s official records consisted of approximately 3,000,000 images (e.g. patents, deeds, mortgages, reconveyances) stored on 2,600 microfilm rolls.
The cost of maintaining the microfilm archive, cumbersome public searches and a legislative mandate to remove Social Security numbers (SSNs) from public view caused the County to issue a request for proposal (RFP) seeking an official records microfilm conversion solution.
After reviewing several potential solutions, the County selected BMI Imaging’s Digital ReeL due to its conversion accuracy and ability to redact SSNs from public view. Furthermore, the County avoided costly IT infrastructure and management costs by hosting its information with BMI, enabling users from multiple locations to quickly access public records from the Digital ReeL web interface.