What is the certificate of title?

Definition of Certificate of Title

The certificate of title is the written documentation of who owns a property, along with the rights and responsibilities this ownership provides.

Why is this term important?

If you buy a house you will be given a certificate of title that can be accessed through a public records search. This certificate of title lists the official, legal owner of a property as well as the rights and responsibilities this ownership entails.

Examples of term

Every homeowner has a certificate of title legally stating their ownership of the home.