To register the bike, you need to get a Residence Certificate (or work permit). This document confirms that you are legally living in Thailand. If you are not buying a scooter from a local, the seller will also need a resident certificate.
How to get a resident certificate? First, we collect the documents:
- photocopy of passport (main and visa page)
- two standard size photos (3.5×4.5)
- house rental contract
- fill in the form TM.18 (download)
Then you have to go to the Immigration Office. Return the documents, pay 500 baht — and in an hour you will get the certificate.
Important notice: you must have any visa (tourist, student, medical, volunteer) to obtain your certificate of residence, but not a 30-day stamp.