Title Deeds: Proof of Property Ownership


When you buy a property, you need to get the title deed transferred into your name. This deed constitutes proof that you are the owner of the property. You will need the assistance of a conveyancer to help you transfer the Title Deed into your name.

You will only become the owner of the property when the Registrar of Deeds signs the transfer.

A copy of the title deed is kept at the Deeds Office. Anyone can check who the owner of a property is at the Deeds Office.

What Should You Do?
Before information can be obtained from the deeds registry, you must have the following ready:

  • Full names and/or identity number of the owner of property, or at least his or her date of birth. (In the case of a juristic person, the name and registration number, if available, is necessary).
  • The correct erf number and township or farm name and number, not the street address. (In the case of a sectional title scheme, the section and the scheme name are required).

To obtain a copy of a deed or document from a deeds registry, you must

  • Go to any deeds office (deeds registries may not give out information acting on a letter or a telephone call).
  • Go to the information desk, where an official will help you to complete a prescribed form and explain the procedure.
  • Request a data typist to do a search on the property, pay the required fee at the cashier's office and take the receipt back to the official at the information desk. The receipt number will be allocated to your copy of title.

How Long Does it Take?

  • A search may take 30 to 60 minutes. In some of the larger offices, the copy of a deed is posted or it must be collected after a certain period of time.

How Much Does it Cost?

  • Copy of antenuptial contract or deed for information purposes: R58.00
  • Copy of a document: R8.00 per page.
  • Copy of township's establishment conditions: R8.00 per page.
  • For an enquiry relating to a person, property or deed: (This is supplied in the form of a computer printout: R8.00 per enquiry).
  • For the supply of registration information in respect of a series of properties: R8.00 per property.
  • For a deeds office tracking system enquiry, (This is supplied in the form of a computer printout: R8.00 per enquiry).
  • For any unattended continuous search for information for each hour or part thereof: R20.00 For any enquiry not specially provided for, a fee to be fixed by the registrar, provided the minimum fee shall be R8.00

Physical Address:
New Revenue Building
90 Plein Street
Cape Town

Postal Address:
Registrar of Deeds, Cape Town
Private Bag X9073
Cape Town

Contact Person:
Tania Smidt
Tel: 021 464 7600
Fax: 021 464 7725/27

Provided by:
Government Body: (The Government of South Africa)
The content on this page was last updated on 13 May 2014