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Property title certificates caught in 6-year backlog

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has amassed a backlog of property title certificates that stretches back six years, state officials said.

About 180,000 property title certificates are caught up in processing within the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday.

The backlog does not delay sale or transfer of property, but slows Bureau of Conveyances workers and inconveniences customers, officials said.

Minnesota-based West Central Indexing has received a $1.3 million contract to install a records management system with updated technology. The new system announced in August is expected to be ready in October 2020, officials said.