Jun 17, 2017

Registering a Car in Japan?

Hi everyone, I need to register a car in Tokyo (300-series hatchback). Can anyone provide insight into how much it costs to register a car, what paperwork is necessary, and how long it takes to register? Thank you very much!



Hitting the books once again as a Ph.D. student in Niigata Prefecture. Although I've lived in Japan many years, life as a student in this country is a first.

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2 Answers

  • Tomuu

    on Jun 17

    If it's a case of having changed address you're supposed to get a new number plate (if you've moved a certain distance from where you originally had your parking spot). I think the easiest way to do this is to go to a garage and get them to do it for you, for a fee. They'll be able to tell you what documents you need, although somewhere in there will probably be your juminhyo. I'm not sure, but if you want to do this yourself it might be a case of going to the relevant 'transport bureau' / 陸運局 but there's no way these places are going to be as accessible as a regular garage, so maybe it depends on your schedule whether you do it this way or not. As I understand it, although you're supposed to get a number plate change when you move, most people don't meaning authorities seldom clamp down on it. Although better to not take my word for that.

  • JapanExpert

    on Jun 26

    There are very detailed instructions here on how to change ownership - https://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~jscott/gifuinfo/deadman/transfer.htm.


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