Color of Title Law and Legal Definition

Color of title means ownership of property by a person in possession, without being regular, such as not having one or more of the memorials or documents registered, or not properly registered. Color of title is where the claimed owner has some piece of paper claiming to transfer title to him or her, and that paper has defects for some reason. Color of title refers to a claim based on a land right, land warrant, land scrip or an irregular chain of title.

Color of title is often raised in adverse possession claims. If a person claims adverse posession under claim of title, they get only what they actually possessed. If adverse possession is claimed under color of title, a person may have only cleared two acres of the entire five acres, but they will get the full five acres.