Warning: This article explains how to get a residence certificate in Thailand. It was done in the Nakhon Ratchasima immigration office and each office might have different rules. This was done in November 2009. A certificate residence Thailand is a proof of address and NOT permanent residency. We know that is it the same in 2023 but each immigration office can have it’s own rules. The official website of immigration in Thailand does not describe this service anymore.
What is it the certificate of residence in Thailand?
A residence certificate in Thailand is a document that your local immigration can provide you to certify where you live. That document has many utilities: getting a Thai driver’s license, buying a car, getting a bank account in Thailand. Any place that will request a proof of where you live. Embassies can also require that document to show that you live in Thailand.
Thai people use their Ta Bian Ban (house registration book) but most foreigners in Thailand do not have that. This is why this document can be useful for you. Some people getting a pension abroad also use this document, depending which country they are from. In some countries, they must get a notarized documents.
The new immigration center in Nakhon Ratchasima is located in Dan Kwian. But you must use your local immigration office and some of them do not make this document. Please ask them politely and verify if they can make it. They should. It’s on the official website of Thai immigration.
Documents needed to get it:
First, you must fill the form. This can be obtain directly at the immigration office.
You might be able to download this form here. Do note that this form does NOT appear on immigration website anymore (we think) and an office could have its own document.
Second, you must also give other documents. These can be:
1. Your passport (make 2 copies of each the following):
b) page of your current visa
c) page of your entrance in Thailand and
d) your arrival card
2. Two pictures, passport size.
3. And also 2 copies of a proof of residence, like a lease agreement, or your work permit, or anything showing where you live. Bring the original in case they ask for it.
You will have to sign EACH copy, preferably with a blue pen. A photocopier is available just beside the immigration office.
4. Do note that since 2019, many immigration offices will also ask for you TM30.
Then, you should get a document similar to this one:
Fees? Nothing is written about that. Some places do it for free, some immigration office can ask 500 baht. Use common sense …
- The current website of Thailand immigration does not explain this service anymore (July 2023)