Torrens Certificate


Torrens Certificate
A certificate showing ownership of property. Torrens certificates are issued by government agencies in some states. These certificates allow for the transfer of property without requiring a title search to be completed first.

Torrens certificates were originally created by Robert Torrens, a land manager in Australia. They simplify title searches in many cases. Under this system, any title that is discovered after the issuance of a certificate is considered invalid.


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  • Torrens law — [tôr′ənz, tär′ənz] n. 〚after Sir Robert Torrens (1814 84), Austral statesman〛 any of various statutes that provide for the registration of the title to land with the government, which issues a warranted title deed (Torrens certificate) to said… …   Universalium

  • Torrens law — [tôr′ənz, tär′ənz] n. [after Sir Robert Torrens (1814 84), Austral statesman] any of various statutes that provide for the registration of the title to land with the government, which issues a warranted title deed (Torrens certificate) to said… …   English World dictionary

  • Torrens title — is a system of land title where a register of land holdings maintained by the state guarantees an indefeasible title to those included in the register. The system was formulated to combat the problems of uncertainty, complexity and cost… …   Wikipedia

  • Torrens system — Tor·rens system / tōr ənz / n [after Sir Robert Torrens (1814–1884), British pioneer in Australia]: a title registration system used esp. in Massachusetts, Hawaii, Illinois, and Minnesota ◇ When a certificate of title is first applied for in the… …   Law dictionary

  • certificate of title — 1: a certificate of ownership stating that the title to the specified property is free and clear except for any encumbrance (as a mortgage) listed on it: as a: a certificate issued by a motor vehicle registry – called also title; b: a certificate …   Law dictionary

  • Torrens title system — A system for recording land titles under which a court may direct the issuance of a certificate of title upon application by the landowner. Dictionary from West s Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005. torrens title system …   Law dictionary

  • Torrens title system — /tohranz taytal sistam/ A system for registration of land under which, upon the landowner s application, the court may, after appropriate proceedings, direct the issuance of a certificate of title. With exceptions, this certificate is conclusive… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Torrens System — A system for the registration of titles to land, whereby an official certificate always shows the state of the title and the person in whom it is vested, the name deriving from Sir Robert Torrens who drew the first Registration Act, such having… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • certificate of title — An instrument, issued by a registrar or other public officer, intended to show who is the owner of the motor vehicle described in the instrument. 7 Am J2d Auto § 24; the certificate issued by the registrar of titles, in a jurisdiction where… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • certificate of title — noun a document issued by the registrar of a land titles office showing the registered proprietor of land under the Torrens system …   Australian English dictionary


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