Computer Registers (Certificates of Title) prove the ownership of land and the rights and restrictions that apply to the land. They have been recorded electronically since 2002. All earlier paper-based Certificates of Title were converted into ‘computer registers’ between 1999 and 2002.
You can request a copy of a computer register in these forms:
- current register [illustrated here] – shows the current proprietor/s, legal description, registered rights and restrictions, eg a mortgage. Includes a plan or diagram of the land.
- historic register – shows all interests that have been registered against the current title since this title was created. This may include a plan or diagram of the land, and/or a scan of any paper Certificates of Title issued.
Note: A “Historic Title” will provide information only from the date of issue of that title – you may need to order prior title references to get back to the name or period of interest.
- ‘guaranteed search’ – shows the same information as the current register as well as any interests lodged with LINZ but not yet registered against the title.
There are four different types of computer register, depending on the classification of the land:
- computer freehold registers (CFRs) for freehold (fee simple) land;
- computer interest registers (CIRs) for leasehold land, or for any land of a lesser interest than freehold;
- computer unit title registers (CUTRs) for stratum freehold or leasehold interests in a unit-titled development;
- and composite computer registers (CCRs) which are combinations of the other three types, for example, a cross lease title is a combination of freehold and leasehold computer registers.
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