This blog post will help you to understand the process of transferring ownership of a motorcycle in Thailand.
Yesterday I bought a used motorcycle from a private seller. Today I went to the local Provincial Land Transport Department here in Chiang Mai (Nong Hoi Branch) in order to get my purchase registered in my name.
I assume, if you buy a motorbike in a shop or authorized dealer they might do all the paperwork for you.
Chiang Mai has four offices:
Here a list what you would need to bring along:
- Your new love, the scooter (already insured)
- The so called green book which must come with the scooter ( if it doesn’t, most likely the scooter has been stolen or somehow obtained illegally: Hands off!
- Sellers documents:copy of all relevant passport pages (First page, Visa and maybe Re-entry or extension stamp, Departure card), yellow book or residence certificate. All pages must show the signature and full name.
- Official document of the Land Transport Department to transfer ownership. Please click here for the document. On it there will be yours and the sellers’ data, full name and signatures plus details about the motorcycle.
- Power of attorney if the seller does not accompanies you
- Buyers documents: Passport including departure card, Work permit or Residence Certificate
The lovely lady at the information desk will check your documents and might request some more copies which you can do at the little food stall behind the office. All copies need to show the signature and full name.You will receive a queue number and be called forward to the desk.
Your documents will be checked again and will have to pay ฿ 305. You will receive a new queue number and been told which day you have to return and pick up your documents. Allow three working days for the transfer. Pick your green book up and drive safe.