Land Titling Services are provided by the Land Titles Division of the NLA located at 93 Hanover Street, Kingston.
How To Obtain a Registered Title for your Land
Application to Register Land:
If you own land and do not have a registered title you can make an application to the Registrar of Titles to have the land registered.
To apply to register your land the following documents must be submitted:
Stamp Duty and Transfer Tax are payable to the Commissioner - Taxpayer Audit and Assessment Department or The Deputy Stamp Commissioner of Stamp Duty and Transfer Tax unless falling into any category of exempt document.
There may be other documents required depending on the facts of each case. Persons who wish to register land must therefore retain the services of a lawyer.
Registration fees are paid when you submit your documents to the assessor at the Titles Office. You will be issued with an official receipt with a document number printed on it, and the name of the person who lodged the application. The number printed on the receipt is your application number and must be quoted when making enquiries about your application. You must keep your receipt until your application is successfully completed.
Your application will go through a series of processes as prescribed by law:
When your application is approved by the Referee you will be sent a Notice, in which you will be directed to have the application published in a particular newspaper for a period decided by the Referee of Titles.
Your Certificate of Title is issuable at the time stated by the Referee after the first appearance of the advertisement in the newspaper if no Caveat is lodged against the application and no court action commenced.
Preparation of your Certificate of Title will begin after you take in proof of advertisement, i.e. the newspaper pages with the advertisements pertaining to your application and payment of the final fees.
Caveats Against Registering Land:
If someone has applied to register land that you claim ownership of or any mortgage, lien or other interest against, you may lodge a caveat against bringing the land under the Registration of Titles Act. The Caveat must be lodged within the time prescribed by the Referee of Titles in the advertisement. Lands being registered are advertised in the daily newspapers - on Tuesdays in the Gleaner and Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Observer and Tuesdays in the Star.
An action must be commenced in court within 30 days of the date of lodgement of the caveat in respect of the interest claimed. A copy of the document filed in Court must also be submitted to the Registrar of Titles within one month.
Failure to notify the Registrar of Titles of the Court proceedings will result in the Caveat lapsing after a month and the registration completed.
HAS YOUR TITLE BEEN LOST OR DESTROYED?
To obtain a new Certificate of Title to replace one that has been destroyed or lost you must: