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Commissioner’s Bulletin # B-0011-20

March 25, 2020

To:   All TDI-licensed title agents, direct operations, and escrow officers

Re:   COVID-19: Escrow check signature and escrow audit report filing

On March 13, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor authorized the use of all available state and local government resources necessary to cope with the disaster.

TDI understands that your day-to-day operations may be interrupted due to COVID-19. We are continuing to assess deadlines and operational requirements. TDI has posted a modified filings chart that will be updated as needed. To get notices about changes, sign up for email alerts about your license type.

Signatures on escrow checks

Because of the reduced number of staff who are now working at title agent offices, TDI will not enforce the Internal Control #5 requirement that escrow checks have two signatures. Instead, you may use a single escrow officer’s signature.  

Extended deadline and electronic submissions

The filing deadline for escrow audit reports has been extended 45 days. Also, title agents may submit escrow audit reports electronically instead of by certified mail. Send them to

Signatures and sworn statements, affidavits, and notarization

You may submit filings with electronic signatures and without sworn statements, affidavits, or notarization, and TDI will contact you later. 

There are criminal penalties for filing false information on a government document. Under Business and Commerce Code Section 322.009, an electronic record or electronic signature is attributable to a person if it was the act of the person.

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Last updated: 11/5/2021