Note: Every page of the copies need to be signed (in blue ink if possible)!
The buyer and seller must provide the following documents:
- The vehicle. We must take the vehicle to the Transport Office. You should plan on being without the vehicle for the whole day if possible. The paperwork takes 2 business day to process, so the updated title book and receipts for payment will need to be picked up later when scheduled (Note: If the vehicle is being transferred out of the province of registration, the registration needs to be changed over first, which also takes 3 business days. You do not need to take the vehicle for this, but will need the title book, owner’s documents and power of attorney if they will not be present)
- The vehicle’s Blue Book (cars), or Green Book (motorcycles)
- The following forms: 1) Ownership transfer Form signed by the seller and buyer, and 2) Power of attorney form for either party that will not be present at the Transport Office. (Note: we will provide these for you to sign when buying a car from us or using our ownership transfer service).
- Signed copies of the owner AND buyer’s personal documents:
*Note: Due to a new regulation from the transport office, we will need the buyer’s original passport to transfer ownership. We will have you sign a paper noting it is in our possession, and another paper when it is returned to you. If you are not comfortable with this, you will need to go to the transport office with us (This could take most of the day as we will need the passport when we submit the paper work and when we pick it up).
2) AND one of following:
Work Permit: copies of every page (with writing, and one blank page following, don’t forget to check for pages in the back) of your work permit. Same note about new regulations as above, we will also need the original on the day of the transfer.
Certificate or Letter of Residence issued by the Thai Immigration branch located in Promenada Mall (gov cost is 500 THB, usually takes 2 days to process, and is only valid for 30 days. We have a service to do this for you. See the services page for details.), Or an Affidavit of Residence from your consulate/embassy – For the US embassy, you need to make an appointment online (tues, thurs). The cost is 1500 THB – and is valid for up to 1 year (You should get the document in the same trip). Here is a link to what the US one looks like: Affidavit for Vehicle Issues (“Residence Verification”)
Documents required for certificate of residence application from Thai Immigration (Note: you do not need these documents to acquire the alternative affidavit of residency from the US consulate):
- Application for Certificate of Residence
- Rental Contract
- 2 photos (2”x2”)
- Passport: copies of the photograph page, current visa page/stamp, and tm (departure) card.
Note: The original document is required for the ownership process, so you should request extra copies if you need them for other process such as obtaining a Thai driver’s license, opening a Thai bank account, etc.
House Title with your name in it. Same note about new regulations as above, We will need the original on the day of transfer.
House Registration Document (Tabien Baan) – top part is house info, second part/page is the individual’s name in the book (a book can have several pages of names in it)
Name changes/Divorce papers/Death Certificates/Will, etc if applicable
If Buying or Selling in a Company/Foundation name:
Note: Every copy needs to be signed by head chairman/ committee members and stamped with the company/ foundation stamp (including transfer form)
Committee Member(s) individual documents (see required personal documents for Foreigners and Thais above)
All transfer, registration, and road tax costs are double if a car is registered in a company name.
Unless a Power of Attorney and Transfer of ownership forms are signed, both parties must go to the Land Transport Office to complete the transfer of ownership. The officers will check to make sure that engine and body numbers match the Title book, and check to make sure that it has undergone a road-worthiness test (for vehicles over seven years old, 5 for motorbikes). If you have not already done this, it can be carried out at inspection centers (Tor.Ror.Or.) around the city.
Title Document (Lem Tabian):
The Blue registration book that comes with every used vehicle contains all the details about the vehicle as well as the previous owners, taxes paid, changes that have been made to the vehicle such as paint color or engine, etc. Financiers will hold onto the registration book until all money has been paid.
Tax and Government Insurance
All vehicles must display a road tax sticker which must be renewed annually. Costs vary from 600-10,000 THB. per year depending on engine size and vehicle type. Four door trucks and SUV’s will incur a luxury tax. In order to get this sticker you must also buy the government’s compulsory insurance called Por.Ror.Bo which covers the medical expenses of the other party involved in an accident (costs about 645-900 THB.). We can help you renew this on an annual basis. See the services page for details.
Our vehicles are up to date on the compulsory government insurance, but if you require more extensive coverage (recommended) we can arrange it for you. See our services page for details.
If you have a foreign license already, it is quite easy to obtain a Thai license. This is what you will need:
- Work Permit OR Certificate of residence from Thai Immigration (you can see the requirements for that in the section above. government sost is 500 THB. We can arrange this paper for you. See the services page for details
- 5 diseases health certificate which you can get for about 50 THB at almost any clinic (must use within 30 days of issue)
- A printed description of your license classifications from your Country/State’s DMV/DLT department website. (ie, M1, C, etc), as well as a copy of the front and back of your license
- Signed copy of your passport (picture page, current visa page, departure card)
- The cost for the car drivers license card is about 205 THB per card (car and motorcycle license cards are issued separately)
If you are going to do a motorcycle license too, you will need to make another copy of all your documents as well. You will get a 1 year “temporary”, then you will have to come back to renew with the same paperwork again and the fee will be 605 THB for 5 years. If you do not have a foreign license or it is expired, you need to be there at about 8:30 to sit through a 4 hour training course (in Thai so take a translator if you want), then take the written (English available) and driving tests (you need to provide your own vehicle). Be prepared for a full day event.
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