How do I transfer ownership of a car in Japan?

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How do I transfer ownership of a car in Japan: Selling or purchasing a car requires more than just an agreement between both parties. You’ll have to officially transfer the ownership, which requires getting hold of the below items, so be sure that the purchaser or seller of the car is aware of them. Please note that the forms may vary by municipality, so check if you must follow any local additional local regulations.

Required Paperwork from the Seller:

  1. The car registration payment receipt.
  2. Proof of the transfer of car ownership.
  3. Certificate of inkan impression. (Received within 3 months of transfer application)
  4. Inkan. (For stamping forms)


Required Paperwork from the Purchaser:

  1. Certificate proving you have a parking space. Dated within 40 days of the transfer application.
  2. The certificate proving your address.
  3. A certificate of compulsory car insurance.

Certificate for Parking:

The buyer must get a certificate showing they have a parking space. There are some required items that need to be taken to the police station (or perhaps the municipal office).

  1. Application form.
  2. Map showing the parking space location relative to your residence.
  3. A map showing the layout of the parking space.
  4. Document showing that you have the parking space owner’s consent.
  5. ¥2,700 for white plate cards, or ¥500 for yellow plate cars.

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