The REgistration Act (Central Act No XVI OF 1908)

Registration Act of the Registration Establishment

3. Inspector-General of Registration - (1) The State Government shall appint an officer to be the Inspector-General of Registration for the territories subject to such Government:

Provided that the State Government may, instead of making such appointment, direct that all or any of the powers and duties hereinafter conferred and imposed upon the Inspector-General shall be exercised and performed by such officer or officers, and within such local limits, as the State Govenment appoints in this behalf.

(2) Any Inspector-General may hold simultaneously any other office under the Government.

4. ( . . ) Repealed by A.O., 1937.​

5. Districts and sub-districts. - (1) For the purposes of this Act, the State Government shall form districts, and sub-districts, and shall precribe, and may alter, the limits of such districts and Sub-districts.

(2) The districts and Sub-districts formed under this section, together with the limits thereof, and every alteration of such limits, shall be notified in the official Gazette.

(3) Every such alteration shall take effect on such day after the date of the notification as is therein mentioned.

6. Registrars and Sub-Registrars.- The State Government may appoint such persons, whether public officers or not, as it thinks proper, to be Registrars of the several districts, and to be Sub-Registrars of the several sub-districts,formed as aforesaid, respectively.

2[ provided that the state Government may also appoint one or more sub-Registrars for the same sub-District:

provided further that, the state Government may delegate to the Inspector General of Registration, the power of appointing sub-Registrars]

7. Offices of Registrar and Sub-Registrar.- (1) The State Government shall establish in every district an office to be styled the office of the Registrar and in every sub-district an office or offices to be styled the office of the Sub-Registrar or the offices of the Joint Sub-Registrars.

(2) The State Government may amalgamate with any office of a Registrar any office of a Sub-Registrar Subordinate to such Registrar, and may authorise any Sub-Registrar whose office has been so amalgamated to exercise and perform, in addition to his own powers and duties, all or any of the powers and duties of the Registrar to whom he is subordinate :

Porvided that no such authorisation shall enable a Sub-Registrar to hear an appeal against an order passed by himself under this Act.

8. Inspector of Registration offices. - (1) The State Government may also appoint officers, to be called Inspectors of Registration Offices, and may prescribe the duties of such officers.

(2) Every such Inspector shall be subordinate to the Inspector-General.

9. (***) Military cantonments may be declared sub-districts or districts.-(Rep, by Act X of 1927), Section 3 and Schedule II.

10. Absence of Registrar or vacancy in his office.- (1) When any Registrar, other than the Registrar of a district, including a Presidency town, is absent otherwise than on duty in his district, or when his office is temporarily vacant, any person whom the Inspector-General appoints in this behalf,or, in default of such appointment, the Judge of theDistrict Court within the local limits of whose jurisdiction the Registrar's Office is situate, shall be the Registrar during such absence or until the State Government fills up the vacancy.

(2) When the Registrar of a district including, a Presidency town is absent otherwise than on duty in his district, or when his office is temporarily vacant, any person whom the Inspector-General appoints in this behalf shall the Registrar during such absence, or until the State Government fills up the vacancy.

11. Absence of Registrar on duty in his district.- When any Registrar is absent from his office on duty in his district, he may appoint any Sub-Registrar or other persons in his district to perform, during such absence,all the duties of a Registrar except those mentioned in section 68 and 72.

12. Absence of Sub-Registrar or vacancy in his office - When any Sub-Registrar is absent, or when his office is temporarily vacant, any person whom 3[the Inspector General of Registration or ] Registrar of the district appoints in this behalf, shall be Sub-Registrar during such absence, or until the vacancy is filled up.

2&3. Ins. By the Registration (Karnataka Amendment) Act, 2000,sec.2&3 w.e.f 3rd October 2001.

13. Report to State Government of appointments under sections 10, 11 and 12-(1) All appointments made under section 10, section 11, section 12 shall be reported to the State Government by the Inspector-General.

(2) Such report shall be either special or general, as the State Government directs.

14. Establishments of registering officers.- The State Government may allow proper establishments for the several offices under this Act.

15. Seal of Registering officers. - The several Registrars and Sub-Registrars shall use a seal bearing the following inscription in English and in such other languages as the State Government directs :-

"The seal of the Registrar (or of the Sub-Registrar) of ".

16. Register, books and fire proof boxes. - (1) The State Government shall provide for the office of every registering officer the books necessary for the purposes of this Act.

(2) The books so provided shall contain the forms from time to time prescribed by the Inspector-General with the sanction of the State Government and the pages of such books shall be consecutively numbered in print, and the number of pages in each book shall be certified on the title page by the officer by whom such books are issued.

(3) The State Government shall supply the officer of every 
Registrar with a fire-proof box,and shall in each district make suitable provision for the safe custody of the records connected with the registration of documents in such district.

1[16A. Keeping of books in computer floppies, diskettes, etc – (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in section 16, the books provided under sub-section (1) of that section may also be kept in computer floppies or diskettes or in any other electronic form in the manner and subject to the safeguards as may be prescribed by the Inspector-General with the sanction of the State Government.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Acts or in any other law for the time being in force, a copy or extracts from the books kept under sub-section (1) given by the registering officer under his hand and seal shall be deemed to be a copy given under section 57 for the purposes of subsection (5) of that section.]

1. Ins. By the Registration and Other Related Laws(Amendment) Act,2001,sec.2. Published in the gazette of India extraordinary part II section I dated 24-09-2001.