The Registration Act (Central Act No XVI OF 1908) 

(18th December 1908)

An Act to consolidate the en​actments relating to the Registration of Documents.

Whereas it is expedient to consolidate the enactments relating to the registration of documents ;

It is hereby enacted as follows.

Part I


1. Short title extent and commencement, - (1) This Act may be called the

1[ * * * ] Registration Act,1908

(2) It extends to the whole of India, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

Provided that the State Government may exclude any districts or tracts of country from its operation.

(3) It shall come into force on the first day of January, 1909.

2. Definitions - In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context, -

(1) "addition" means the place of residence, and the profession, trade, rank and title (if any) of person described and in the case of an Indian, 2[ * * * ] his father's name, or where he is usually described as the son of his mother then his mother's name ;

(2) "book" includes a portion of a book and also any number of sheets connected together with a view of forming a book or portion of a book;

(3) "district" and 'sub-district' respectively mean a district and sub-district formed under this Act ;

(4) "District Court" includes the High Court in its ordinary original civil jurisdiction;

1. Note - The word 'Indian is Omitted by Act 45 of 1969 S.2
2. Note - The words "his caste (if any) and" Omitted by Act 17 of 1956

(5) "Endorsement" and "endorsed" include and apply to an entry in writing by a registering officer on a rider or covering slip to any document tendered for registration under this Act;

(6) "Immovable property" includes land, buildings, hereditary allowances rights to ways,lights, ferries, fisheries or any other benefit to arise out of land, and things attached to the earth or permanently fastened to anything which is attached to the earth, but not standing timber, growing crops nor grass;

(6-A) "India means the territory of India excluding the State of Jammu and Kashmir;

(7) "lease" includes a counterpart, kabuliyat, and under-taking to cultivate or occupy, and an agreement to lease;

(8) "minor" means a person who according to the personal law to which he is subject, has not attained majority;

(9) "movable property" includes standing timber, growing crops and grass, fruit upon and juice in trees and property of every other description except immovable property; and

(10) " representative" includes the guardian of a minor and the committee or other legal curator of a lunatic or idiot.

(11) ( . . ) Omitted by Act III of 1951.