Explain the flow of license plate change! Necessary documents, location, moving, etc. | MOBY [モビー]

In this article, we will explain the flow of procedures and costs when changing license plates for various reasons.

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Cases where license plate change is required

Cases that require a license plate change can be roughly divided into the following five cases.

① When the transportation branch office under jurisdiction changes

  • When the transportation branch office under jurisdiction is changed due to moving
  • When the transportation branch office under jurisdiction is changed due to the purchase or transfer of a used car

If you move house, you will need to change it, so don’t forget to do it.

②When the plate is broken

If the license plate is damaged enough to obscure the contents, it must be replaced.

Unlike ①, only the license plate itself is new, and the number etc. are the same.

③ When you want to change to the desired number

④ When you want to change the design

This is when changing from a paint type (normal) to a letter type or patterned type.

⑤ When the license plate is lost or stolen

If the license plate is lost or stolen, the procedure will be slightly different.

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Flow and period for changing the license plate

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You can apply for a license plate change at the Transport Branch Office or Land Transport Bureau that has jurisdiction over your area. For light vehicles, apply at the Light Motor Vehicle Inspection Organization.

  1. Fill in the required information on the application form available at the Transportation Branch Office
  2. Buy and pay the registration fee with stamps
  3. After submitting the documents, a vehicle inspection certificate will be issued.
  4. Report the change of license plate to the automobile tax office (inside the transportation branch office)
  5. Return license plate before change
  6. receive a new vehicle registration
  7. new number will be issued
  8. Buy a new license plate and install it on your car

You need to bring your own car to the change procedure, but if you do not have the license plate at hand due to loss or theft, you will have to arrange a temporary license plate at the city hall. Vehicles without license plates cannot be transported by tow truck.

Some cases may not be received on the same day

Most license plate changes are completed on the same day.However, if you choose your desired number or letter number, we will order one by one after the reissue application is accepted, so it will take 4 to 5 business days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays). It takes 7 business days for the letter light method.

Even if it is not the desired number, it may take 2 to 3 days during busy times such as the end of the fiscal year and the year-end and New Year holidays.

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Cost of license plate change

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If it is a normal number, you can change it for 2,000 yen.

The cost to change varies depending on the type of plate and the area where you live as follows.

Normal number change fee About 1,500 yen to 2,000 yen
Desired number change fee About 5,000 yen detail
Design number change fee About 7,000 yen to 9,200 yen detail
Character light type number change fee About 3,000 yen to 6,800 yen
* A letter light type number kit is required separately.
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Documents to prepare in advance

What you need to change your license plate depends on whether the applicant is the person himself, whether it is an agent, or whether it is stolen or lost.

When the owner/user applies

  • application form
    (Purchase at a paper sales office adjacent to a transportation branch office, etc.)
  • Current license plate
    (Notify the police in case of theft or loss)
  • Automobile
  • automobile inspection certificate
  • seal
  • automobile tax return
    (Declaration at automobile tax office)
  • statement of reason
    (If license plate is lost or stolen)

When someone other than the owner/user applies on behalf of the owner/user

Item in redis different from when you applied.

  • application form
    (Purchase at a paper sales office adjacent to a transportation branch office, etc.)
  • Current license plate
    (Notify the police in case of theft or loss)
  • Automobile
  • automobile inspection certificate
  • automobile tax return
    (Declaration at automobile tax office)
  • statement of reason
    (If license plate is lost or stolen)
  • seal
    (Representative only names)
  • power of attorney

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Car insurance renewal procedures are also necessary!

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If you change the license plate, the vehicle inspection certificate will be renewed. Therefore, after changing the license plate, it is necessary to update all the old vehicle registration information registered.

If the number registered with the insurance company and the number of the car you own do not match, you will not be able to receive the warranty in case of emergency.Make sure to change your license plate and car insurance as a set.

If you want to make the desired number

Desired license plate is a system that allows users to attach a desired number to the license plate of a car. Officially, it is called the “desired number system.”

The desired number can only be determined by the largest four-digit number (serial designation number) written on the license plate. “Classification number” and “Hiragana” are automatically determined and cannot be selected.

Desired license plate characteristics

The desired license plate will have the last two digits of the “classification number (number next to the place name)” from 30 to 99 (30 to 79 for 4, 5, 8 numbers).

Popular numbers may be selected by lottery

Numbers such as “7” and “1122” are popular numbers in the desired number plate, and may be a lottery. A lottery is held once a week, and if you fail to participate in the lottery, you will not be able to register with that number. You have the option of changing your number or applying for the lottery again and sticking around until you win.

Can I entrust the license plate change to an agent?

You can have the agency center handle the procedure for you to change the license plate.

Transportation branch offices and light motor vehicle inspection associations only respond on weekdays.Therefore, if you do not have time on weekdays,Use of agency center is recommendedis. Also, if you are worried about preparing documents, you can use the agency center for peace of mind.

Depending on the course, you can change only the license plate, change the address + change the license plate, change to a plate with a design, etc., but the fee is about 20,000 yen to 30,000 yen. Let’s search for an agency center near the area where you live or the land transport branch office under your jurisdiction.

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