Registering a Vehicle

Understand the requirements for registering an imported vehicle in Thailand...

Once the vehicle has been permanently imported into Thailand, the owner must register it at their local DLT office in order to receive their registration book (Blue Book or Lem Tabian) and annual tax sticker. This must be done as soon as possible unless the vehicle has been temporarily imported. A temporarily imported vehicle does not require registration but must leave the country within the allocated time, or else be liable for heavy fines and taxes.

Registration is dealt with by the local Department of Land Transport Office (DLT). A processing fee is charged. The DLT will usually have an English speaking information counter.

For an expatriate, the following paperwork (with copies) is required by the DLT:

  • Current passport
  • Non-immigrant visa
  • Work Permit or Certificate or Letter of Residence issued by the Thai Immigration Bureau or the relevant embassy

The new owner will be issued with proof of ownership documents in the form of a registration book called the Blue Book (Lem Tabian), which includes the owner's name and address.

Car Tax and Insurance

All cars must display a tax sticker on the windscreen as proof that car tax has been paid.

Compulsory Motor Insurance (CMI) will also need to be purchased from the DLT or an insurance company. This must be renewed annually.

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