Record of Title - current

Records of title (previously referred to as computer registers or 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 electronic records of title between 1999 and 2002.

You can request a copy of a record of title in these forms:

current record of title
[Illustrated below] Shows the current owner/s, legal description, registered rights and restrictions, eg a mortgage. Includes a plan or diagram of the land.
historic record of title
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.


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 record of title as well as any interests lodged with LINZ but not yet registered against the title.

Order a record of title or other land record

Technical detail:

Records of title will display one of the following title types under the 'Record of Title' header depending on the classification of the estate:

  • Freehold
  • Leasehold
  • Unit
  • Composite
  • Cross Lease
  • Life Estate
  • Timeshare
  • Gazette Notice
  • Proclamation
Example Record of Title Freehold document with references highlighted
Example Record of Title Freehold document with references highlighted

Example of a record of title.