Computer Registers (Certificates of Title) record 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 – shows the current proprietor/s, legal description, registered rights and restrictions, eg a mortgage. Includes a plan or diagram of the land.
- historic register [illustrated here] – 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.