Section 70 of the Registration of Titles Act, Cap 230 provides that if a duplicate (owners) certificate of title is lost or destroyed or becomes obliterated, persons with knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the said certificate may make a statutory declaration stating the facts, particulars of all encumbrances affecting the land title to the best of the declarant’s knowledge and belief.

Section 72 further provides for the issuance of a substitute certificate of title endorsed with entries as were upon the original certificate (Registry coy).

The first step is for the person interested to make an application by a formal letter to the Registrar and attached a statutory declaration declaring the facts surrounding the lost certificate explaining when it was obtained when it was last seen and how it was possibly lost.

If the Registrar is satisfied with the truth contained in the declaration, a notice shall be publicized in the Uganda gazette of the Registrar’s intention to issue a special certificate if no objection is raised within a period of 30 days.

If no objection is raised, then the registrar will proceed to grant a special certificate of title after payment of the relevant fees and stamp duty.