DEFINITION of 'Torrens Certificate'
A certificate showing ownership of property. Torrens certificates are issued by government agencies in some states. These certificates allow for the transfer of property without requiring a title search to be completed first.
BREAKING DOWN 'Torrens Certificate'
Torrens certificates were originally created by Robert Torrens, a land manager in Australia. They simplify title searches in many cases. Under this system, any title that is discovered after the issuance of a certificate is considered invalid.