How to change a motorcycle vehicle registration plate in Japan

motorcycle vehicle registration plate in Japan

In Japan, when you move, you need to change your vehicle registration plate. If you move farther away, the jurisdiction of the Land Transport Office will change. In this page, I will introduce the procedure to change the vehicle registration plate of my motorcycle when I moved from Fuchu to Tokorozawa.

the Kanto District Transport Bureau Saitama Transport Branch Office Tokorozawa Automobile Inspection & Registration Office

The picture on the left is the Kanto District Transport Bureau Saitama Transport Branch Office Tokorozawa Automobile Inspection & Registration Office. It gets very crowded in March, but there are few people in April. Because march is the fiscal year end in Japan.

signboard at the front entrance of the Land Transport Bureau Tokorozawa Branch Office

There is a signboard at the front entrance of the Land Transport Bureau Tokorozawa Branch Office.

To change the registered address of the motorcycle, go to B building 8th window → B building 9th window → C building 4th window → A building 1st window → A building 2nd window.

1011 OCR sheet, application form for address change at the Land Transport Bureau

First, fill out the application form for address change. To apply for a change of address, use the "1011" OCR sheet. The address code table and an example of how to fill out the application form are available on the reception.

The inside of the bold line must be filled in with a pencil.

the fee payment slip at the Land Transport Bureau

Next, fill out the fee payment slip. There is no fee to change the registered address on your motorcycle. You will prepare a fee payment slip with no stamp.

the Kanto District Transport Bureau Saitama Transport Branch Office Tokorozawa Automobile Inspection & Registration Office, Building B

Submit the application form, vehicle verification, fee payment slip, and resident card at the reception desk in Building B No. 8. Wait about 10 minutes and your name will be called. You will receive the new automobile inspection certificate and Notification of grant at the 9th window.

the new automobile inspection certificate and car registration number notification

Here is the new automobile inspection certificate and car registration number notification. At this point, you have the number for your new vehicle registration plate.

the Kanto District Transport Bureau Saitama Transport Branch Office Tokorozawa Automobile Inspection & Registration Office, Building C

Next, move to Building C. This procedure is different for motorcycles and automobiles. In case of Tokorozawa office, go to the 4th window at the back of C building.

the light vehicle tax return for motorcycles

Here, submit the light vehicle tax return. The light blue application form is for motorcycles. The application form for automobiles is brown.

carbon copy of the light vehicle tax return

Once your application form is accepted, you will receive a carbon copy. This must be sent to the municipality before the address change by yourself.

motorcycle vehicle registration plate without mandatory vehicle liability insurance sticker

Then remove the motorcycle vehicle registration plate. In the case of a motorcycle, remove the mandatory vehicle liability insurance sticker on the vehicle registration plate. There is a charge to reissue the sticker, so please peel it off carefully.

Motorcycle without vehicle registration plate

I removed the motorcycle vehicle registration plate. Unlike a automobiles, the motorcycle vehicle registration plate is not locked and can be easily removed.

back of the vehicle registration plate

The back of the vehicle registration plate was pretty dirty.

the Kanto District Transport Bureau Saitama Transport Branch Office Tokorozawa Automobile Inspection & Registration Office, Building A

Finally move to the A building. Return the old vehicle registration plate to the reception and receive the new vehicle registration plate. In the case of the Tokorozawa office, the first reception will return it and the second reception will receive it.

new vehicle registration plate for motorcycle and fixing bolts and nuts

I received a new vehicle registration plate and fixing bolts and nuts. The vehicle registration plate issuance fee is 540 yen for motorcycles and 1,480 yen for automobiles.

Motorcycle with new vehicle registration plate

Work is complete by attaching a new vehicle registration plate to the motorcycle and attaching the mandatory vehicle liability insurance sticker.

Separately, you will need to contact your voluntary insurance company and give them your new vehicle registration plate number.

the tax certificate for the light vehicle tax

You can easily reissue the tax certificate for the light vehicle tax at the city hall. This is required at the time of vehicle inspection.


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