Vehicle Registration Guide
While it is commonplace to hire a third-party to register a used car, those who wish to undertake the laborious task themselves can do so as described in our vehicle registration guide. If however, you are uncomfortable filing out forms solely in Japanese, you can request our services with a guaranteed turnaround of a few hours.
NB: Light (kei) cars are registered in a different way, and do not follow the following procedures.
Of the 106 issuing municipalities in Japan, you will need to do a quick search as to which one you fall under. The link above shows all of the respective transport locations nationwide, and the districts they cover.
Source: MLIT, Japanese Only
The first step is pay stamp duty (JPY520), and obtain the following application forms.
- 1. Stamp duty payment form
- 2. Change of ownership registration form
- 3. Tax application forms
For those who have ordered a personalised number plate, you will also need to obtain a confirmation slip before submitting all documentation.
Fill in all the forms obtained in step one, using data from the current shaken certificate, and submit all required documentation to the designated counter. Staff members will then inspect the documentation thoroughly, with any discrepancies found here resulting in the application being rejected.
After a short wait, your name will be called, upon which you'll be presented with a 'registration identity notification certificate', which looks similar to the shaken certificate in appearance. Take this along with the tax application form, and head over to the tax building.
The last part of the paperwork requires you to notify the authorities of the change for tax purposes. In addition, any acquisition tax due on the sale of the car will be paid in full at this time.
Nearly done. The penultimate step is to remove the number plates from the vehicle (if required) using the screwdrivers to hand. This can be a trifle annoying as it takes a delicate hand to remove the seal over the rear number plate. Once removed, simply return the plates and purchase the new ones.
After attaching the new number plates to the car, the final step is to have the chassis number verified. Once completed, a member of staff will attach the seal to the rear number plate of the car and present you with the new shaken certificate.
NB: Staff are very knowledgable about all makes and models and will know where to look for the chassis no., even if you don't!
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