Yellow Tabien Baan The House Registration Book For Foreigners Living In Thailand

Yellow Tabien Baan the house registration book for foreigners living in Thailand

So what exactly is a yellow house book?

YH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7Quite simply, it’s a type of government-issued document called a Tabien Baan (literally ‘House Registration’ in Thai) which lists all foreign individuals holding a ‘Temporary Stay’ or a ‘Long Stay’ visa/visa exemption who live at the condo or house address specified in the house registration book. This often allows you  to get the Pink ID Card which is often know as The Thai ID card for foreigners, What a yellow Tabien Baan is not, contrary to popular belief, is proof of ownership of the property; as it happens, the yellow house book won’t even record the foreign owner’s details unless they’re occupying the property as their main residence in Thailand. Instantly recognisable, the Tabien Baan for non-resident foreigners is a little booklet with a bright yellow cover and emblazoned on the front with Thailand’s emblematic Garuda and, in the upper right-hand corner, the initials ’ท.ร.13’ (short for ‘Thor Ror 13’ which is the Thai designation for the yellow house book).

From where can I get a yellow house book?

YH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7When buying a house and, less so, a condo unit in Chiang Mai, it’s customary for the new owner to be given the Tabien Baan for the property during the transfer process at the Land Office. As a rule, though, it’ll be a blue house book (or ‘Thor Ror 14’) in which only the names of Thai owners and those foreigners who have permanent residency in Thailand can be entered. Still, it’s perfectly possible for a non-resident foreign owner living in their own condo or house to swap the property’s blue Tabien Baan for a yellow house book into which their name can be added. To apply for a yellow house book, visit the amphoe office which is responsible for administering civil registrations for the municipality or district in which the condo or house is located.

How do I get a yellow house book?

Being Thailand, it probably won’t come as too much of a shock to learn that application requirements for a yellow house book differ wildly from one thesaban or amphoe office to another! So your first task is to check with the local registration authority precisely what paperwork you need to gather; but at the very least, the applicant will have to submit the original as well as photocopies (signed) of the following documents:

  • current passport (containing a valid Thai entry permit)
  • work permit (if any)
  • marriage certificate together with your Thai spouse’s national ID card and own blue house book (if any)
  • lease agreement along with your landlord’s ID and own blue Tabien Baan (if leasing the property)
  • existing blue house book (if exchanging)

Besides which, it isn’t out of the ordinary for a district or local registration office to request a notarised copy of the personal information page of the applicant’s passport translated into Thai in addition to a number of passport style photographs. And, more than likely, you’ll need to be accompanied by one or two Thai witnesses (each with their own blue house book and national ID card) who’ll be asked to attest to your identity and residential status then undergo an informal interview.

For some foreigners, the whole thing is nothing short of a breeze but alas for others, a slow and agonising death by red tape! Even having been provided by Thailand’s Interior Ministry with a Department of Provincial Administration (DOPA) instruction manual that explains the ins and outs of issuing a Tabien Baan, officials at some district and local registration offices are unwilling or, worse, flatly refuse to hand out a yellow house book. We can assure you, though, that not only are non-resident foreign nationals legally permitted to have a yellow house book but that every thesaban and amphoe office in the country is actually obliged by law to register all foreigners residing in their catchment area!

Is there a fee to get a yellow house book?

YH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7Though it’s not altogether unheard of for foreigners to be prevailed upon to ‘grease the wheels’ a bit before being allowed a yellow house book, technically, thesaban and amphoe registration offices throughout Thailand shouldn’t charge a single baht to churn out or update a Tabien Baan! If you’ve gone and lost or damaged your yellow house book, mind, expect to fork out a nominal sum for a replacement.

How long does it take to get a yellow house book?

Generally, foreigners are able to collect their brand new yellow Tabien Baan within an hour or two of lodging the necessary papers. Even so, mileage varies and it’ll take rather more time (occasionally several weeks or even a few months) to sort out if, among other things, the registration office dealing with the application isn’t well acquainted with the process!

What information appears in a yellow house book?

With the book presented entirely in Thai, the opening page bears the full address of the property as well as the residence type (either a condominium or a house). The second page features the full name, nationality, unique 13 digit citizen ID number and date of birth of the ‘Householder’ (who may or may not be the owner of the property) while each of the remaining pages shows the particulars of every other non-resident foreign occupant (‘Dependent’) who lives at the same address.

Are there any benefits to having a yellow house book?

YH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7Unlike the blue house book for Thai nationals, holding a yellow Tabien Baan doesn’t allow any additional rights (such as that to vote) for foreigners. It is, though, widely accepted nationwide whenever your address in Thailand needs to be verified; for example, when registering a Thai pre-paid SIM card, arranging a home broadband service, obtaining a Thai driver’s licence, enrolling as a patient at a hospital or clinic, purchasing a vehicle, transferring ownership of real estate, checking into a hotel or for an internal flight, opening a Thai bank account, or setting up a mains electricity or water supply. Plus, it offers the holder the opportunity to secure the Thai price at venues (like National Parks) which inflict two-tier admission rates, makes them eligible to receive a Pink ID Card for foreigners not to mention affording a sense of being more a part of Thai society. And, any foreigner contemplating putting in for Thai citizenship must have their own yellow house book…or remain forever an ‘alien’ in the Kingdom!

Care to share your own experiences getting a yellow Tabien Baan in Chiang Mai? Do you think the Thai house book for foreigners warrants having or is of no real value at all? We’d be only too pleased to hear what you have to say so feel free to post a comment below!

FAQ about Yellow Book

A Yellow House Book, known as a ‘Tabien Baan’ in Thai, is a government-issued document that lists foreign individuals living in Thailand with a ‘Temporary Stay’ or ‘Long Stay’ visa/visa exemption. It’s associated with a specific house or condo address and verifies the residence of foreigners in Thailand.
No, the Yellow House Book is not proof of property ownership. It primarily serves to verify the residence of foreign individuals in Thailand and does not indicate ownership of the property.

Foreign property owners who are non-resident and live in their own condo or house can apply for a Yellow House Book. It’s a process involving documentation and verification of their residence.

A Blue House Book, or ‘Thor Ror 14,’ is typically for Thai property owners and those foreigners with permanent residency. The Yellow House Book, on the other hand, is for non-resident foreigners who wish to establish their residence in Thailand.
To obtain a Yellow House Book, visit the amphoe office responsible for civil registrations in the municipality or district where your property is located. Application requirements may vary, so check with the local registration authority for specific paperwork needed.
Generally, you’ll need your current passport (with valid Thai entry permit), work permit (if applicable), marriage certificate (if married to a Thai national), lease agreement (if renting), and blue house book (if exchanging). Additional documents and passport photos might be required.
Thesaban and amphoe registration offices shouldn’t charge a fee for issuing or updating a Yellow House Book. However, if you need a replacement due to loss or damage, there might be a nominal charge.
The processing time can vary. In some cases, you might be able to collect your Yellow House Book within a few hours, while in other instances, it could take several weeks or even months, depending on the local office’s familiarity with the process.
The Yellow House Book includes the property’s address, residence type (condo or house), and the details of the ‘Householder’ (resident, often the owner) and ‘Dependents’ (other non-resident foreigners living at the same address).
While the Yellow House Book doesn’t grant additional rights like voting, it’s widely accepted for address verification in various scenarios such as obtaining services, licenses, and memberships. It’s also a requirement for foreigners considering applying for Thai citizenship. Remember, the Yellow House Book holds importance for address verification and establishing residence in Thailand, but it’s not a proof of ownership or a legal identification document.
 Disclaimer: These FAQs are meant to serve merely as guidance and Perfect Homes cannot be held responsible for any inacuracies.

 

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  • AJ

    I have yellow book it can help you if you are dealing with banks or finence companies in Thailand.

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Hi Aj, Yes, I have hear of banks ask for the yellow book, when considering their Thai wife’s for a loan.

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    • Matt

      The yellow book has to be only in one person name on yellow book or could be under two family memeber? Let’s say Son and father? Both be on yellow book. There is percentage on that book qualify you?

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      • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

        It is my understanding that the yellow book is for the individual, I do not think you can put the family on it. Though again check the latest at your local office.

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        • Richard

          All foreigners are listed in the same yellow book.

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      • oly reyes

        hi, my daughter was born in bangkok in 2009. Is she qualified to apply for yellow book and pink card? Whats the first step?

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        • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

          Yes, but again check with your local office for the individual rules in your area.

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    • Mike

      I was told by a friend that the yellow book protects the holder from being “forced” out of the house. He built his own house, and he told me that the land could be sold by his hostile wife, but she cannot sell the house because of his yellow book.

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      • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

        Hi Mike,
        I doubt this is true, though I would suggest your friend to seek legal advice.

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      • Troy

        I would look into a thing called (not sure on spelling) lutsafruit. This gives you all the property rights. If you are married to a Thai and she owns your home you are do to your 1/2 of your martial possessions

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        • Martin

          Troy, I think the word your looking for is USUFRUCT

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    • Anthony

      so you need a yellow book before you open a bank account in Thailand?

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  • Terry

    had one for years,never used it for anything just means staying with my wife, and living locally its only a document, if it helps people good i suppose

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  • Rusty

    I’ve been trying to cet this as a renter and CM amphur office assures me it’s quite impossible as a farang. They don’t know their own laws and I haven’t been able to get any further.

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    • Richard

      Only the house owner can do this for you, if they want too.

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  • Mike

    Yes it does, buying cars/motorbikes, proof of residence etc I’ve also got a pink ‘ID’ card which is great ( 60 baht), Thai prices in national parks, better than a Thai driving licence. Try to get both if you can

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  • Ludwig

    A yelllow book is quite useful, it gives you some sort of informal permanent resident status. Beyond differing submission requirements, my experience is that authorities want to make sure that the requisitioner is committed to stay in Thailand for the long term, and that he is accepted in the community.

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  • Nick van der Net

    I’ve had so much difficulty getting this as a renter in CM. I’m prepared to pay for your service to help me get it.

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    • enrico79

      I had the same experience in CM. They know the law, but they don’t care. Let the DOPA call them for you and report the person that refused to give you a yellow book.

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  • Bernard

    I have one for where I eat in Doi Saket but they accept to deliver it (at the amphoe few year ago) only because I had already one from inside Chiang mai city, when I had a condo there. But my life long friend who is also registered on the deed of the property as a usufruct beneficiary with me until death, can’t get a yellow book for himself. He didn’t had one before, and Doi Saket amphoe said it will deliver one only if foreigner is married to a Thai wife. Is there a way to get one anyway, to make them respect the law ? by requesting to the thesaban for example? Thanks for any information.

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    • Richard

      Only one yellow book per house/condo. You can list multiple foreigners in the same yellow book but no one can appear in 2 books at the same time. Only one place can be your resident at any one time.

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  • Terence Gould

    If you apply and get a yellow book does that mean they keep the blue book with Thai wife’s name in or you keep both ?

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    • Richard

      Yes, keep both books. Blue for all the Thais living in the resident and yellow for all the farangs. My blue book is empty.

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  • David

    I had one and can only think of 2 not very important aspect that it help you with.
    1) not needing a Cert of Residence from Immigration.(how many times do you need that???)
    2) with it, you can can get a pink I.D. Card that is also of little use.

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    • Terry

      as said if it helps in any way get one I went to Amphur after we were married also some paperwork which 2 nieghbors signed also it was not a problem getting Thai Life medical insurance, not sure whether the asked for book i think they did

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    • MF2436

      Every time you renew your driver’s license you need proof of residency. I use my pink ID card instead of passport for local flights and hotel check in. It is an offence in Thailand for a foreigner to venture outside without an accepted photo ID.

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  • Pukratok

    Do you think it is important to have this? 

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  • Paul

    Use my pink card and yellow book all the time, was worth the investment.

    I find the pink card to be the most useful, at the post office, checking into hotels, give it police, any business that wants to see ID. Only place I’ve never used it is my Bank, I guess I should try.

    Just used my Tambien Ban to extend by Thai Drivers license, so it saves trips to immigration and their charges.

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  • hoare

    I see your web site details the yellow tabien knor nor 13 book.

    Could you please explain why the book is for “ILLEGALS” and those temporarily residing in Thailand.

    My reference to “illegals” comes from the header on pages 2,4,6 etc of the book.

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Dear Hoare,
      Thank you for your comments on the yellow book, I must admit, we are not sure as to why it would refer to “illegals” I know foreigners get called aliens all the time.
      I will will look into it further.
      Maybe another one of our readers can answer this question better???

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      • hoare

        The translation of the book header on pages 2, 4, 6 etc, refers to illegals!

        Surprised you not aware of this!

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  • Dermot

    I have read on another website that foreigners have been able to get free or low cost medical care if they have a yellow book. Can anyone confirm?

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Dear Dermont, I think you will find they were referring to the 30Baht health scheme, which was originally available to non-that nationals too. That was quickly canceled after launch.
      Currently I do not believe it is possible. You can use government hospitals and you will charged the local hospital rates.

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    • Richard

      Not true. Only insurance gives you free medical if its not exempted.

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    • Ronald Wu

      I am not Thai and bought a house in San Pu Loei, Doi saket just before and the owner name of blue house book is my auntie who is Thai. Could anyone tell me where i should ask and apply for the yellow book. I asked the guy in Doi saket land office during land transfer but she asked to ask CM city office. I am so confused. Could you advise and suggest?

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  • Gabriele

    Hi There…for immigration address notifications, and / or for 90 days..is the yellow TabienBaan book enough?? Or still need to present the usual copy of owner Thai TabienBaan..copy of rental contract..letter of attorney..etc..

    I have yellow book and Thai ID for foreigner as well as married visa and usually I do notifive my address to a nearest immigration office in Phuket

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  • George

    Hello… Could you tell me if the yellow tabien ban book is for married foreigners only or can unmarried people apply for one too?
    First the Thessaban told me there was no yellow book, a visit later they said there was one but they didn’t know how to issue one and last week they told me I have to bring a marriage certificate. But being unmarried I have no idea how to proceed, anyone knows?

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Dear George,
      You certainly do not have to be married to get a yellow book. The only issue is that many Thessaban do not understand the process or the requirements. Each Thessaban is different and if they have not dealt with the Yellow books in the past they may be reluctant to look into it.

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  • Charlie

    I have just finished paying for my family house in Thailand, however also just got divorced but things are still ok with the Ex.. is it possible to still have my name on the yellow book ?

    I work away all the time but still go back to Thailand in between contracts, the Ex has moved abroad with a new man and I will still be staying at the house, but can my name legally be on the yellow book ?

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Hi Charlie, thank you for question, but I would say you need to check with the local Thessabaan as rules vary wildly from each.

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    • Richard

      You might need a long stay visa (Non-Imm). Certainly not a tourist visa.

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  • Marina

    I tried to get for my boyfriend but the officer of hang dong district refuse to do it. His name appear on land title as usufruct, he’s the father of my child, Thai kid, recognized by Thai Court and the only explanation was because we were not married.

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Strange, but as we know rules vary day by day.

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  • Peter Fagerbrant

    The refference to illegals in the yellow housebook.
    It all started with the need to have the illegal immigrants living in Thailand registered. They could not have the blue book because that is only for citizens.
    After, they decided that this is also the preferred registration of legal non-citizens residing in the kingdom.
    According to the law in Thailand, every single non-citizen residing in the kingdom and are not a temporary tourist living in hotels, should have a yellow housebook.
    So this is not only for people married with a Thai.
    However, as mentioned, every office have it’s own rules of this.
    I presented the translated marriage certificate together with translated passport. A photo of passport type. Two witnesses.
    I got from this. My foreign marriage registered in Thailand. The yellow housebook and the pink ID-card.

    However… When I made my last TM30 adressreport, they was not interested in my yellow housebook or ID-CARD,
    They ONLY wanted my wife’s blue book.
    I find that strange, because the yellow housebook is a stronger proof of address, then your wife’s blue book.
    Also in your yellow housebook you is assigned a Thai social security number, a unique ID number.

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Thank you for your comments!

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    • blu

      Peter, the TM30 is actually the owners report of a foreigner living at their hoese/apartment etc. (even though in reality it is us foreigners who do the actual reporting), so that is why they want the Tor Ror 14 Blue Book as it has the owners name it. You have probably noticed that your wife has to sign the TM30 and not you, because she is actually the one doing the reporting

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  • Paul

    My wife and mother in law applied for a yellow book for me. It took about 4 month to be approved. I was back in the U.K. when it was approved but my mother in law collected it for me without any issues.
    I will ask about the Pink ID card when I visit again in October

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Interesting that it took so long but at least you got the yellow book. May I ask which tesabaan this was with?

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  • Ingrid Snoeker

    Any idea about the costs to change name in blue book?
    What price for yellow book?

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Ingrid, We have to behest here and we are not sure about the costs of applying for a yellow book. Maybe one of our readers could answer?

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    • Richard

      If I recall about 100 baht or less.

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  • Glenn

    So, what are the piratical differences between a yellow book and a pink ID?

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Well I know you can use the Pink ID card to fly on, you certainly cannot on a yellow book.

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  • Rick haste

    We have bought a house in mae rim,we were given a yellow book when we bought the house about 18 months ago.we have given up trying to get our names in the book.everytime we tried there was a new requirement once we had to fly to Bangkok to get certified copies,again we had witnesses but one didn’t meet the requirements. Next time we had all the documents they asked for,they then said we needed village leader.whenever we tried we needed another residency letter.gave up.
    .

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Hi Rick, sorry to hear it was so difficult for you! Is Mae Rim so difficult for everyone?

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    • David Johnson

      I waited 6months for NY yellow book despite monthly visits to confirm details. Took my lawyer on last visit and it was issued in 2 hours

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    • Richard

      Oh yeah, if you have a yellow book for another residence, you have get that book cancelled (or name removed) and put into the system. Then go back to the new ampher office with the cancelled book and I think there was a document too and they should give you a new yellow book. The new book also lists your old address too. I guess they keeping track of you.

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  • Tim

    Thank you for this detailed entry. I just got my Tabien Baan 13 in Bangkok. The house is owned by my Thai wife, so we got the blue book, and actually an expired Work Permit (the other blue book) of mine which was ok with the officer today.
    What is missing above is something I had most stress with. Please beware that they also need a:
    1.A copy of your passport.
    2.Translating it into Thai with a licensed service.(abt.500 to 1000thb)
    3.Getting it confirmed/ stamped at the embassy/consulate of your country of your origin. (abt.500thb)
    4.Taking this same document, in my case to the Thai Departement of Consular Affairs at Chaeng Wattana Complex, and get it confirmed too. I payed (800thb) for two pages. Annother 60thb to get it send to my house by express mail, because waiting time was around 3 hours that day. You have to have at least 10Days of your visa valid to get it processed.

    Last but not least:
    You usually need to bring two eye witnesses. I brought my wife and a friend of mine.

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    • Richard

      I did mine like 25 years ago when it was simple. I did have to get a translation of my passport into Thai but I wasn’t happy with the phonetic translation so had my Thai colleagues spell my name out for them.

      I’m on my second yellow book now and have a blank blue book.

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  • John

    I’m neither married nor own a condo. I live my girlfriend but have been told by local amphur I can’t get a yellow book because we’re not married. Not wanting to cause trouble I left it be but id still like to get one. Anyone have a definitive list or guide I can show them?

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      A definitive guide is impossible here as the rules vary from place to place and their interpretation of the written rules vary. I have even seen a foreigner name on a blue book once and only once. But I have seen it. (no he did not have citizenship)

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      • Wayno

        I purchased a condo in bkk and was given the blue book with my name in it. All water, Power and True are in my name, have Thai license for car and bike and bank account, I don’t have any visa as Australia is visa Exempt and I do 2 weeks each month in Australia and 2 weeks in Bangkok

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  • Lindsay

    I obtained a yellow book which imvolved much of the same paperwork for the married non-immigrant O visa. Thai translation of marriage certificate, passport, copy of visa, an interview, interviews with the village Mayor and deputy Mayor, interview with my wife. The Mayors had to sign documents attesting hpw long they had known me, my good character and to assume liability for any wrong doing I may commit. The paper work was then forwarded up the hierarchy for endorsement. It took about an hour in the office and a week to get the book. I got the pink ID in 15 minutes. The documents were of no use at all when trying to open an account with a bank popular with Thai farmers…but accepted by another bank the same day. Hotels accept the ID card. I will get my drivers license next…it all makes me feel like my base is in Thailand.

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  • Vicky Baskaran

    Well my mom is a Thai national and married to my dad (Malaysian). She passed away 16 years ago and my dad too 11 years. We all born in Malaysia and hold a Malaysian passport. My mom has a property in Udon but she passed while my dad finish making the house. She has blue book but no name on it. Her name just in the property. Then my dad took a lawyer and he became an administrator of that property. After his passing, my brother took the same lawyer again. And now i don’t have my name in the blue book or I can apply for yellow book. I am left in dilemma with regards to my mom’s property. I planned to buy a car then I planned to have government water..but i couldn’t do any of these. 😫😫😫 please advice accordingly

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Hi there, are there any of our readers that can help with this question?

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  • Franz Dion

    Hi There, In case you will have the Tho Roh 13 / Yellow Book.. Everytime you return back to Thailand do you still need to report on 24 hours notification? or you will be exempted coz you have already the Yellow Book?

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  • Rajiv S Sharma

    Recently got my yellow tabien baan book with pink ID Card. Highly recommend translating your passport profile page and info page with parents name in Thai and getting it attracted by Foreign Affairs in Thailand. This will save a lot of time and the amphur and unnecessary waiting like it happened in my case. Please go with your wife too as this helps smooth communication with officials. It took me an hour to get the documents after waiting a week for officer to call us at the amphur as he wanted to check with his seniors our documents.

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  • Chris

    The Yellow Tabieen Baan is also a key document for those who are interested in getting Thai citizenship, so it is definitely worth getting one!

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  • Sai

    Is it possible to change the adresse from a yellow book ?
    I mean I have one yellow book but is there my old adresse, I have now moving to another province. Can I change it directly ? Or I need to follow all the step from the beginning ?

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  • Fred

    if I live in rental condominium. Can I get Yellow house book?
    Does the owner of unit must go together?

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Hi Fred, Sorry it always depends on the location, but to this date we do not know of anyone that has got on a yellow book for a rental property here in Chiang Mai.

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  • Stuart

    I’ve been married 18 years and lived in the same house.
    Myself and wife went to the local office and handed over all the usual documents including the marriage certificate both parts and registered in the same office. The blue book also registered in the same office.
    They typed out a letter inviting me to go to immigration and register. I asked register what? A permission for my wife to enter me into the book.
    I told them absaloutely no way am I losing that much face. Immigration is a department of the police dealing with visas not local administration and registration. There is no need either for me to do your leg work. It’s an emergency decree and many visa issues the last thing they need is me asking for a yellow house book. The last time I got a proof of residence they told me to go to my district office and get a house book.
    Absaloutely no way am I running around the province for a book. I’ve never heard of anyone ever going to immigration to get permission to receive a house book, please enlighten me.

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  • Richard

    I applied for a yellow book in Hang Dong Amphor. Was refused because I was not married nor did I have a dependent living in my rented house of 14 years.

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  • Kathleen osmond

    My husband and l just attempted to get a yellow book at the Hang Dong center. Not only were we unsuccessful, but given every bulls#$t excuse why we couldn’t get one.
    First we were told that it ‘wasn’t for foreigners’. When l challenged this it changed to: ‘ it is a lot of work’.
    Now we had been in email contact with a clerk in that same office and had all the paperwork required. The female assisting us was the clerk’s boss and was adamant that l would have to live in Thailand for 30 years on order to qualify for a Yellow Book.
    Again, let me stress that we had all the necessary paperwork. She also told us that they would have to do an ‘Investigation’ that would take several months.
    I was floored! I am an elderly retiree and spend a size able amount of money here. I have been here for 3 years and plan on staying here forever. Well, l did anyway….
    I finally had to get up and walk away l was so angry. The ridiculous crap that she was making up was wrong, untrue and patently absurd. I will do without the yellow book. But seriously, someone should report that @#€%$! woman.

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  • Para

    Hi
    Can you tell me I have pink card and yellow book too now what should I can get benefits such as visa or other things

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  • Philip

    I have a house in Thai company for the purchase of my house as I am single. We updated the Blue book to include my Thai partners name as she lives with me. My question is, can I apply for a Yellow Book and Pink ID Card given the Thai company ownership of the house?

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  • Aray

    The process for foreigners who own property on leasehold should be made easier to get th yellow book, as they are what the thais call quality foreigners, ie those with a good spending power. Making it so difficult to get the yellow book, or the pink id will push the wealthy retirees and expats to go someplace more welcoming like Vietnam. Hua Hin seems to have a harsh reputation to get these documents and many foreigners in the area need to go to Bangkok where it is said to be easier.

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      I read a lot about Vietnam ownership and how welcoming they are. But once I speak to people directly they all seem to return to Thailand. Thailand Is not perfect but I am yet to find the perfect place. Maybe someone could tell us more about their personal experiences in Vietnam?

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  • Diane

    How long must the rental agreement, is 1 month contract sufficient to get a yellow tabien baan?

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Personally I am unaware of anyone getting a Yellow book on a rental contract. Maybe one of our readers could lets us know if they have achieved this?

      Reply
  • somchai

    Hi there do you have any experience doing it in nakhon pathom district? im interested to know.

    Reply
    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Hi There, We personally have no experience with dealing with the Yellow Book in Nakhon Pathom. Maybe someone else reading her?

      Reply
  • Nils Bastedo

    To whom it may concern

    I wish to acquire a yellow Tabien Bahn in order to apply for citizenship.

    I have been married for over 5 years. My wife owns a house in Lampang, but we live on Sukhumvit Soi 21 (Khaet Wattana) in an apartment rented in the name of our company.

    I went to Khaet Wattana and they seemed to be of the opinion that I have to buy a house here or go to Lampang. However, your website states that one need not own a house to get a Tabien Bahn.

    Can you help in any way?

    Thank you,

    Nils Bastedo

    Reply
    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Hi Nils,
      Every location has its own rules and getting a Yellow Book in Bangkok will be different from Chiang Mai.
      But currently, I do not believe you can get a Yellow book for rented property.
      You do not necessarily need to own the house. For example, if you lived in your wife’s house then you could get the Yellow book for there.
      Does anyone else have any clearer information on getting the yellow book around Sukhumvit?

      Reply
      • Nils Bastedo

        Thank you. My wife does have a house in Lampang. Is a Tabien possible there even though we live in Bangkok?

        Reply
        • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

          Well, again you would need to actually claim your main residence is at the house in Lampang to get the house book there, Though again we have no experience getting a Yellow Book in Lampang. I am not sure if anyone reading this knows how easy it is get the yellow tabian baan in lampang?

          Reply
  • Ian May

    Hi,

    I was just reading you web page about the Yellow Book.

    I have a Yellow Book for my 30 year leased house and my girlfriend has the blue book for the land etc but we are considering selling the property and moving … my question is: do I keep my Yellow book and update it with my new address or does my yellow book become void with the sale ?

    Brgds

    Reply
    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      A very good question, as the Blue book is part of the house and it is my understanding the Yellow book is for the person.
      But I have to be honest and say I cannot answer this 100%
      Does anyone else have a clearer answer?

      Reply
  • Owen Shannon

    Very useful. I’ve had a Yellow Book for 18 years and it has helped prove my address when dealing with Banks, purchasing vehicles, occasionally getting Thai fee entrance to parks, etc. But best of all the 13 digit ID # in the book helped me get medical appointments for vaccinations during the present Pandemic. Not always easy to get. Took us about 3 months to receive it after applying in Hatyai.
    For me it has been worth getting, even after going through yet another one of the many, often unpredictable, Thai processes required to make life easier.

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  • Jeh

    I currently have a yellow book my condo at Sathorn district, and I would now like to change it for another condo (of which I am an owner: with Chanot). Can you let me know what the process is? How do I go about it? Any advise would be helpful? I currently have a Thailand Elite visa, but most of my time is spent out of Thailand.

    Reply
  • Jeh

    I currently have a yellow book my condo at Sathorn district, and I would now like to change it for another condo (of which I am an owner: with Chanot). Can you let me know what the process is? How do I go about it? Any advise would be helpful? I currently have a Thailand Elite visa, but most of my time is spent out of Thailand.

    Reply
    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Can anyone help with this question on the TM30?

      Reply
  • Paolo Ferrari

    Buongiorno, dato che sto vivendo in Tailandia in pensione ( sono sposato con una tai dal 2008) mi piacerebbe sapere se con il libretto giallo potrei aver diritto o meno a cure ospedaliere, magari pagando una quota annuale. Grazie

    Reply
  • Edward Tsang

    I’m living in HK and I have to apply for a yellow book for the registration on my foreigner tenant. Wonder if there’s any agent can help ?

    Reply
    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Hi Edward, I have to admit I do not believe it is possible for you to get a yellow book / yellow tabien baan for tenants, But everywhere is different so it may be good to check with the local Tesabaan first?

      Reply
  • Mark

    Hello, my two daughters have there name in the yellow book since they were born here in Thailand. Is it true that they can apply for a permanent residency here in Thailand?

    Reply
    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Hi Mark, I believe there is a certain period in the past if you were born in Thailand then you are entitled to Thai citizenship. Maybe someone else can answer this in more detail?

      Reply
  • Dave

    I am 65 years old and they asked me for my parents names, I have never seen this written anywhere that they need that information.

    Reply
    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      it is not uncommon in Thailand for you to need that information.

      Reply
  • malakas

    easy to get

    Reply
    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      great to here, what location were you.

      Reply
  • Alan Williams

    I have a certificate or Residence (Permanent Residence – PR) for Thailand, already 27 years and my name and Thai ID number are recorded in my family dark blue Tabien Baan book. The Sociai Security Fund (SSF) say to get SSF Injury or Sickness benefits I must have a yellow Tabien Ban book. Can you please advise. Thanks, Alan

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Hi Alan, I am sorry we cannot comment on this point regarding the yellow book. I wonder if anyone else reading this article can?

      Reply
  • Christian Jeppesen

    Would like to get a yellow book, Wife and child is in the blue book. Child born 1990 in Bangkok. Now we live in Pattaya.

    Reply
    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      That’s great! I hope it all goes well with the process. Just have patience!

      Reply

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