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    Transfer of motorcycle ownership.

    I've just bought a second hand m/c.

    I have the green book signed by the previous owner.

    However it's all in Thai and I haven't a clue what I need to do next.

    Can anybody point me in the right direction please?

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    YOu need to go to the transport office where you live and get it transfered there - you will need your
    1)WP (if you have one)
    2) a letter from your embassy or immigration stating that you live at your address (use immigration they are cheaper).
    3)two copies of the transfer papers completed and signed by the owner plus
    4) two copies of his "Tabian Ban" (house registration) and
    5) two copies of his ID card signed.
    6) Two copies of your passport showing visa,
    7) any other ID you might have two copies of signed

    A Thai person is always handy to have as well generally you don't need to sign them or make two copies of them either.

    Then some good luck - they might help you transfer it they might just sit and stare at you.

    If its a small bike and you know a native that you trust then get it in their name - not you g/f's or b/f's

    If not do you really need to worry about changing owners - if you have the previous owners book and transer papers just use it in their name - you can still tax it and insure it no problem.

    Any more questions feel free to ask

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    I think a Non-imm B will suffice if you don't have a WP???


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    Hi, the below check list may also help.

    Laws change all the time in Thailand but as of last year, if you took your documents to a local motorcycle dealer, they could transfer the registration for you which takes the pain out of understanding it all. I beleive that a non imigrant visa is also acceptable these days but check with a shop for the latest.

    You probably already have one, but Thai driving licences are now issued for a full five years. It's a simple and painless procedure but once again, all docs are in Thai language.

    Here's the check list:

    TRANSFER NAME ON REGISTRATION (Green book)

    DOCUMENT CHECK LIST (Foreign National)

    * Passport - the page with photo and details:
    * Passport - the page with current Visa details:
    * Letter of residence from Embassy or Immigration office (Not a photocopy!)

    If you have a work permit you need to copy the following pages:

    * Work permit (if available) with photo & personal details
    * Work permit – pages showing company details
    * Work permit – pages showing particulars of renewal (stamps)
    * Completed copy of the ‘Transfer of Ownership’ document (3 pages)
    which must be signed by current and new owner.

    DOCUMENT CHECK LIST (Thai National)

    * Copy of House Registration document
    * Copy of ID card (front & back) temporary cover note
    * Completed copy of the ‘Transfer of Ownership’ document (3 pages) must be signed by current and new owner.

    All the above documents must then be submitted to the relevant Transportation Department . Once submitted the bike is tested and the new owner’s details are added to the Green Book. Should there be no complications, the whole process takes only about 1 working day . The minimum cost is 1,500b and can go up to 5,000b plus administration fees. Cost is dependent on year, make model, value of vehicle etc.

    ALL PAGES OF ‘COPIED’ DOCUMENTS MUST BE SIGNED BY THE CUSTOMER

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsquirrel

    2) a letter from your embassy or immigration stating that you live at your address (use immigration they are cheaper).
    Aye, you're not wrong there. The 1000 baht+ standard letter of less than 10 lines.

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    Good point about the cost difference of the paper proving residence.

    It's a fact that the immigration is cheaper for the document proving your residence, however, it might be worth noting that when you apply at the Embassy (UK anyway) you can ask for multiples of the letter for the same price. You never know when you might need them. I requested 6 and got them without problem.

    If you don't ask, they'll just issue you with the one and the next time you need one it’ll be the same procedure at the same price!


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    You can also avoid immigration or your embassy if you are employed by a school. i work for a government school and have had them issue me papers with adress details. this has worked for transfers, a car purchase, and my liscences. go to the bike shop and have them do it. it is the easiest way. you can also get the police to give a document about your residence...i think.
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    All I did was buy the motosai, get the logbook, didn't even bother to change the name in it - if you have the book the bike's yours. Had it re-taxed and insured numerous times, no bother. You don't need to do anything as long as you have the book.
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