If you own a scooter in Thailand you are due for Motor Vehicle Tax and Insurance .This repeats every year, the due date is printed on the sticker.
You may source it out, there is a service available to have your scooter inspected, insured and have tax paid for you. Just watch out for above sign at a scooter garage or scooter shop. The fee is rather low and you do not have to go through this all by yourself. Don’t forget to bring the green book.
Anyhow, aiming to provide first hand information on my blog, I went through the process myself here in Chiang Mai. To summarize my experience: it went very fast and smooth.
Step One: To speed up the whole process it is essential to choose the right place to have your vehicle inspected. Do not make use of the Inspection room of the Land Transport Department (left picture) as they really have a good look at your scooter and might find something. Instead, choose the private owned company next to the LTD. Please click here to find both locations next to each other on the map. The private company works very fast and it is known to never ever find something not working to their satisfaction.
Step two: Have your scooter inspected for insurance. Hand in your scooter, the keys and the green book to the mechanic. Wait in the waiting room until called. Once the inspection is done, you will be called foreword to the desk and you will have to pay ฿420 (inspection and insurance premium for one year / cash only). Don’t worry if you are late: I have been late for 3 month and no one said a word.(police might fine you if you are not insured) However, if you are due for inspection in March and you have it done in June like I did, your insurance sticker will only be valid until March the following year.
Step three: Go to the LTD next door with all the paperwork you got from the garage. First picture in this blog does show the entrance of it. Take a number at the information desk to the left and wait until called. Pay your duty, ฿104 / tax for one year and stick the new sticker on your motorbike.
There, that’s about it. Now you can enjoy driving for another 12 months.Drive save!