The original registration of land titles act was adopted by the Ohio legislature in 1896.1 Commonly known as "the Torrens Law" 2 or "the land registration law" 2 in this and the other states where it has been promulgated, it comprises Chapters 5309 and 5310 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC). These statutes are not to be confused with the general recording laws of the state which apply to the recording of instruments conveying, encumbering, or otherwise affecting title to real property. The basic difference between the two is that under the Torrens Law the title to land is registered, while under the latter, the evidence of such title (i.e., deed) or matters affecting it, are recorded.
Leona M. Hudak,
Registration-of-Land-Titles Act: The Ohio Torrens Law,
20 Clev. St. L. Rev.
available at http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/clevstlrev/vol20/iss3/19