Can I Swap Licence Plates with Another Car?

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If I want to swap licence plates with someone at home or with another car I own, what do you need to do?

If you want to swap licence plates with another car, such as a family member's car, or another one of your cars, or switch to a vanity plate, you can do so under the following conditions:

  • Both vehicles must be registered in the same province, but it is not necessary for them to be under the same owner.
  • Both vehicles must have been using their current licence plates for at least 1 year.
  • Both vehicles must have at least 30 days remaining on their vehicle taxes. If it's less than 30 days, you must pay the annual tax first.
  • Both vehicles should not be subject to any legal actions or proceedings regarding registration matters.
By swapping licence plates, there are a total of 3 cases:

1.  In the case of changing from the old licence plate to a new one that has never been used before, you will need to reserve or bid for the license plate at before proceeding.

2. In the case of swapping licence plates between two vehicles that have been previously registered, whether you are swapping plates with a family member or another vehicle you own, both vehicles must be registered in the same geographical area. If you wish to swap plates with a vehicle from a different area, you will need to contact the Department of Land Transport to have them consider the case on an individual basis.

3. In the case of swapping licence plates with an auctioned plate, if you have successfully auctioned a licence plate, prepare the following documents for the process:

  • Certificate of transfer for the auctioned licence plate number
  • Document showing the right to the licence plate (receipt from the Department of Land Transport)
  • Copy of the ID card of the owner of the auctioned plate
  • Copy of ID card (1 set)
  • Copy of the house registration (1 set)

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Here is the list of documents required for requesting a licence plate swap:
  • Original vehicle registration manual
  • ID card of the vehicle owner (if different individuals, both IDs are needed)
  • Results of the licence plate reservation (if available)
  • Certificate of vehicle registration for legal entities (for corporate entities)
  • ID card of the authorised signatory (for corporate entities)
  • Power of Attorney document with a 10 Baht revenue stamp (if the vehicle owner is not conducting the process personally)
  • ID card of the person receiving the power of attorney
  • Original vehicle licence plates (if swapping plates between different administrative areas)

*In the case where the vehicle is still under finance, additional documents are required as follows:

  • Copy of the company's finance certificate
  • Power of Attorney from the finance company
  • Consent letter (lessee signs in the applicant's field, and the finance company signs in the consenter's field)
Location for submitting a request for licence plate exchange:
  • In the case where the vehicle is registered in the Bangkok Metropolitan Area, proceed to the Department of Land Transport, Area 5, Chatuchak.
  • If the vehicle is registered in other provinces, proceed to the Department of Land Transport in that respective province.
The expenses for licence plate exchange are as follows:
  • Application fee for licence plate exchange: 500 Baht
  • Fee for the licence plate: 100 Baht (in case of requesting a new licence plate)
  • Other application fees: 75 Baht

Total: 775 Baht

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