Registered Instrument Law and Legal Definition

A registered instrument is a kind of property where records are maintained about the owner of the underlying property, or of the transactions involving transfer of ownership. For example, a company's share register is a registered instrument. In general, the legal position of the property is where the register is located. Generally, a gift of immovable property can be made only by a registered instrument. A gift of immovable property, which is not registered, is bad in law and cannot pass any title to the donee. Mere delivery of possession without a written instrument which is duly stamped with the appropriate non-judicial stamp cannot confer any title.