How to change a green book on a vehicle here in Pattaya
Ok so you’ve made the move and are living here in Pattaya and the time has come to sort out some transportation for yourself, now for those of you with the money to buy a brand new car or motorbike this won’t really apply to you but for those buying a second hand vehicle there’s quite a bit of red tape involved with transferring ownership of the vehicle to your name so we have decided to write a quick how to guide on how to get it done in Pattaya with a few tips to make the whole process as easy and painless as possible.
Ok so you have found a second hand car or bike you like and agreed a price and all is good where do you need to go from there? Firstly before you go to pick up the vehicle both you and the current owner will need several documents.
Yourself : The first thing you need to do is go to Jomtien immigration and get a residency certificate to prove your address here in Thailand and this in itself involves filling in a form which can be obtained from Jomtien Immigration and you will need copies of your passport, and either your landlord or signed copies of their house-book and ID card. People are on hand next door to the Immigration building who will for a small donation help with filling in the paperwork and make copies of any needed documentation. The certificate itself will cost you around 300 baht.
Ok so once you have the residence certificate and copies of your Visa and Main passport page both of which you have signed that is all of your documents sorted.
What you need from them:
If you’re buying from a Thai citizen you will need proof of their address and a copy of their ID card again both signed.
If they are a foreign national they will need all of the same documentation as yourself including the residency certificate from Immigration.
Important notes: The residency certificate is only valid until their next visa renewal so make sure it is in date when it’s time to hand in all of the documentation, if it is out of date they will not accept it.
As we found out from experience the current owner also needs to sign a specific form issued by the government so before handing over the cash and exchanging keys go get the form in advance and take it with you or you will be asked to go get it signed once you try and register the vehicle as the new owner.
Now there are several places in Pattaya where you can register the vehicle in your name one such place is located on Theppasit Soi 15 just look out for the yellow cog signs and is relatively easy to get to, the staff speak good English and are very helpful and if you explain that you’re in the process of buying a new vehicle will give you the relevant for and show you what parts the current owner needs to sign.
Important note: When both you and the seller are signing the forms make sure you both sign all the forms in the same colour ink either black or blue and all of the signature are the same, they inspect them carefully and peoples signatures tend to vary when signing multiple forms so just make sure both of you take extra care when signing you don’t want to have to trek back to the seller for them to sign a form again because the signature looked a little different.
Ok so you have got all of the documents signed and exchanged cash and keys and are off to hand it all over to put the vehicle in your name.
Important note: To transfer a vehicle to your name where ever you chose to transfer it they will need to see the vehicle itself don’t make the mistake of turning up without it they will make you go get it before the transfer can be complete.
Now the price will vary depending on where the vehicle was last registered and this will also affect how long it will take for the green book to come back in your name, if it was last registered outside of the Chon Buri province it will cost more and take longer.
Now if you want to tax the vehicle this can be done at the same time as the transfer of ownership and you will also be required to purchase the government mandated insurance.
The price of tax and transfer of ownership will vary depending on the size of the engine of your car or bike but as an example a 110 cc Honda Air blade will set you back 1300 baht to transfer ownership at the garage that we mentioned on Thappasit Soi 15 and tax and government insurance for the year roughly another 500 baht.
Important note: If the vehicle has not been taxed for over a year you will have to pay a fine before it can be taxed again, this will obviously vary depending on the vehicle.
Once all the forms have been paid you will be instructed to return the following day after 4pm to collect your tax and insurance and the new green book will be issued with 10-15 days, again you will need to go and collect it, it may take longer if the vehicle was previously registered out of province.
They will issue you with a photocopy of the old green book until the new one come through its best to keep the copy in your vehicle in case you are pulled over by police.
Well there you have it we hope this will save people some time and legwork if they buy a second hand vehicle here in Pattaya.