Torrens Property

Torrens title is 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. Once created, all subsequent transactions affecting the property are memorialized on the certificate. The Certificate of Title is kept in the office of the Registrar of Titles. With the abstract system, an abstract is evidence of title. In the Torrens system the Certificate of Title is the title.

Indexing and images of Certificates of Title dating back to January 1, 1924, can be found Online.

Registrar of Titles

In Minnesota, the County Recorder is the Registrar of Titles. The registrar is an arm of the district court and under its control. The registrar must examine documents presented and determine that they meet the legal requirements to transfer the property and issue Certificates of Title, which are proof of ownership for the purchase.

Transactions needing the Examiner’s review are first submitted to the Registrar of Titles Office and then forwarded to the Examiner with appropriate fees and supporting paperwork.

Examiner of Titles
The Registrar also works closely with the Examiner of Titles. The Examiner is appointed by the court to act as a legal adviser to the Registrar of Titles. The Examiner of Titles also issues directives and certifications instructing the Registrar of Titles to take specified action affecting Certificates of Title.

Scott W. Smith
Cook County Examiner of Titles