The title deed is the Escritura. Once signed in front of the Notary it is then presented to the Land Registry for registration. Once this is done the Escritura is returned and on the front cover is a sticker or anotation showing the date it was presented to the Land Registry and the date it was acually entered in the record books of the Land Registry. The Land Certificate is not the title deed but a record of what documents have been presented to and entered in the record books of the Land Registry. There are 2 types of certificates. The first is a Nota Simple which is a brief summary of the situation relating to a property but it may not give full details of any charges on the property. The complete details are given in a Certificacion which takes longer to obtain, costs a little more, but is the best document to have from the Land Registry.