A certificate of residence is a document obtained through the immigration office. Living in Thailand as a foreigner you will need this certificate for a number of things, and without it there are a number of things you will not be able to do.
Some of the benefits of having a certificate of residence are:
- You can buy a car in your name in Thailand.
- If you want to get a Thai drivers license you need this document.
- If you want to have a work permit they might require that.
- Some banks require you to have the certificate of residence as a proof of address if you don’t have a work permit or “yellow house book”.
This is what it looks like.
In Thailand whenever you need to prove where you live, you will need a certificate of residence. A work permit can also be a proof of residence or a “yellow Ta bian ban” or “yellow house book” for foreigners. Thai people use a “blue house book”.
To apply for this document, you will first need to go to your local immigration office to collect the forms and fill them out. Do note that all offices might have different requirements. Some forms are available online at the official Thai immigration website.
You need to make copies of your passport and a copy of your Thai visa, with the date of entry into Thailand, and a copy of the arrival card. You are required to bring two passport size photos and two original documents that correspond to your address. They might require a copy of your lease agreement of proof of residence.
The fee for the Certificate of Residence is about 500 baht and is normally only valid for 30 days but this can also vary.ce.
Generally speaking it helps to save a lot of time by being prepared with all the copies and forms filled out correctly. For more information, check that article about the “certificate of residence in Thailand“.