(A) Immediately upon the entry of the decree of registration as provided in sections 5309.23 and 5309.24 of the Revised Code, the clerk of the probate court or the clerk of the court of common pleas shall send a certified copy of the decree, under the seal of the court, to the county recorder for the county in which the land or any part of the land lies. The recorder shall transcribe or bind the decree in a book to be called the register of titles, in which leaves in consecutive order shall be devoted exclusively to each title, with appropriate blanks for the entry of memorials and notations. The recorder shall note in the register the day, hour, and minute when the decree is filed with the recorder.
The entry made by the recorder in the register in each case shall be the original certificate of title and shall be signed by the recorder. Each certificate of title with its blanks for memorials and notations shall constitute a separate folium of the register. All memorials and notations that may be entered upon the register under this chapter or Chapter 5310. of the Revised Code shall be entered upon the folium constituted by the last certificate of title of the land to which they relate.
All certificates of title shall be numbered consecutively, beginning with number one. The recorder shall in each case make an exact physical duplicate of the original certificate, put on the duplicate "Owner's duplicate certificate," and deliver it to the owner or to the owner's authorized attorney. In case of a variance between the owner's duplicate certificate and the original certificate, the original shall prevail.
The certified copy of the decree of registration shall, in case it is transcribed into the register, be filed and numbered by the recorder, with a reference noted on it to the place of record of the original certificate of title. The recorder may rebind or retranscribe the certificates in new volumes of the register containing respectively canceled and uncanceled certificates and prepare new indexes for the uncanceled certificates.
If an application includes land lying in more than one county, the court shall cause the part lying in each county to be platted and described separately by metes and bounds or other definite description in the decree of registration; the clerk shall send to the recorder for each county a copy of the decree containing a plat and description of the land within that county; and the recorder shall register it and issue an owner's duplicate certificate of title; thereafter, for all matters pertaining to registration, the portion in each county shall be treated as a separate parcel of land. If more than one entire and distinct parcel of land lying wholly in the county is included in the application and decree, the clerk shall, if required by the applicant, send the recorder certified copies of the decree insofar as it relates to each of the separate and distinct parcels, giving plat and description of each parcel; separate registration of each parcel shall be made accordingly by the recorder.
The clerk shall, at once in every cause, make a final record of the cause and immediately thereafter deliver to the recorder all papers in the case, taking the recorder's receipt for those papers the recorder's office those papers may be found.
(B) If the county recorder maintains registered land records by nonpaper means under section 5309.031 of the Revised Code, the record that the recorder designates under division (C)(1)(c) of that section shall be deemed the original certificate of title for the registered land.
Effective Date: 10-29-2003