certificate of title
certificate of title
1: a certificate of ownership stating that the title to the specified property is free and clear except for any encumbrance (as a mortgage) listed on it: as
a: a certificate issued by a motor vehicle registry – called also title;
b: a certificate issued by a registry of deeds see also torrens system
2: a document issued by a title abstracter (as an attorney) giving a legal opinion as to the status of a property's title based on a title search or abstract of title compare deed

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

certificate of title
Generally, the title document for a motor vehicle issued by the state in which it is registered, describing the vehicle by type and engine number, as well the name and address of the registered owner and any lienholder (financial institution that loaned money to finance purchase of the car). In some states this document is pink and is commonly called a ""pink slip."
Category: Personal Finance & Retirement

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


certificate of title
n.
1 A certificate issued by the state or local government identifying the owner(s) of personal or real property, and often listing any encumbrances on the property.
2 A certificate issued by a title insurance company indicating that it has conducted a diligent examination of the title of a piece of real property and that, except for the encumbrances noted in the certificate, a person has good title to the land. This is not, however, a guarantee or insurance of good title.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


certificate of title
Document issued by Registrar of Titles for real estate registered under the Torrens System, which is considered conclusive evidence of the present ownership and state of the title to the property described therein.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

certificate of title
n.
   generally, the title document for a motor vehicle issued by the state in which it is registered, describing the vehicle by type and engine number, as well as the name and address of the registered owner and the lienholder (financial institution that loaned money to buy the car). Since in some states these documents are usually pink, the certificate of title is sometimes called a "pink slip."
   See also: pink slip

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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