Driving to Malaysia

I plan to drive to Malaysia with my Thai-registered car. What formalities are involved? Also, I have a new road tax sticker for the year 2548. What should I do with the old one? I’ve asked around and most people have advised me to leave the old one on my windscreen. The problem is that there are too many stickers now and they’re creating a blind spot. What should I do with the old tax stickers?

  • Asked on Monday, March 22, 2004 | 12:00 PM
    Head Scratching, Phuket.

To drive your car out of Thailand into Malaysia you must come to the Phuket Provincial Transportation Office (PPTO) bringing your ID card, plus one copy; your house registration, plus one copy; and the car registration book, and have them translated into English. Foreigners should bring, instead of the ID card and house papers, their passport, plus one copy. To drive in Malaysia drivers must have a valid international driving license, or a Thai driving license, which must also be translated by us into English. The international license allows you to drive in Malaysia until it expires. The Thai license allows you to drive in Malaysia for one month only. It takes about two days for the PPTO to process the paperwork. The PPTO will provided a certificate stipulating your car registration plate’s equivalent in Roman letters. Before entering Malaysia you will need to have stickers made up – one set for the front and one for the rear of your car – clearly showing the Roman-letter version of your car’s registration number. When you arrive at the border, both Thai and Malaysian Customs officers will ask you to produce all the papers. On returning to Thailand, you must first prove to Malaysian Customs that you are legally in possession of the car. They will then give you a permit that will allow you to take the car out of Malaysia. This permit must be shown to Thai Customs officers when you enter Thailand. As for the old tax stickers, there is no need to keep them on your windscreen or anywhere else. As long as you have the current tax sticker on your windscreen, you can throw the old ones away, or even keep them as souvenirs.

  • Answered on Monday, March 22, 2004 | 12:00 PM
    Supakorn Vilairat, Chief Registrar, Phuket Provincial Transportation Office.
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