Yellow Book

What Does The Yellow Book Mean?

Yellow book is one type of the Household Registration Book or so-called “Tabien Baan”. It’s issued by the District Office or the Local Municipality shows those who live in and have domicile in the house or Condominium. 

Typically, there are 2 types of Household Registration Book which are (i) Blue Book for Thai nationals only and (ii) Yellow Book for Foreigners who live in Thailand. However, the people who are registered as living in the Household Registration Book may be not having ownership of the house. To put in another way, it isn’t an ownership document, it’s a civil registration for population data which helps the state to manage in many practices e.g. healthy policy, education, welfare etc.

Two kinds of titles are attached to the registration into the yellow book. The first is the main resident, who has the duties according to the Civil Registration Act B.E. 2534. For example, to update the registered people on the book when their statute changes as death or moving. The others are the simple registered foreigners who don’t have the burden of duties.

How Foreigners Can Have One?

Foreigners don’t usually get their names listed in the yellow book but can be issued under the following conditions;

First, having a house freehold or Condominium freehold or leasehold which is registered at the Land department. Or, second, having a Thai spouse by showing a marriage certificate (issuance of the yellow book according to the blue book of the spouse). Or, third, having a Non-Immigrant visa or longer visa.

For all previous conditions, it is compulsory to have NO Criminal Record (some District Offices require the applicant to go to the Office of Police Forensic Science for checking criminal record).

What Are the Advantages of Having It?

To apply for the Yellow Book is useful for foreigners, more than having only their names listed in the book. Below are some advantages for a particular benefit.

First, it saves your time and money. Whenever you want to deal with a government office or a private organization e.g. getting public utilities such as electricity supply, telephone landline, satellite TV, cellular contracts or buying vehicles etc. You are required to contact Immigration Office to get a Residence Certificate every time. Showing the yellow book replaces this procedure.

To open a bank account at a commercial bank, you just show that you have the Yellow book which is easier than showing another proof. Nowadays, it tends to be complex to open Bank account in Thailand. It isn’t only according to the policy of the Bank of Thailand but also the policy of each commercial bank.

Emotional value, the sense you are receiving greater acceptance in Thai society should not be underestimated.

Great advantage, to reduce the special business tax when you resell the house/condominium. In order to this tax saving you just have to own the property for 1 year, don’t need to wait for 5 years. Then you can save special business tax payment from 3.3% based on the purchase price or assessed values whichever is greater to 0.5% on the same basis. 

In conclusion, having the Yellow Book isn’t only an advantage for foreigners who live in Thailand but also a benefit for the direction of state management for the Government. If you wish to have one, we provide you with an assistant to get a Yellow Book as well as the Pink ID Card. Our professional and experienced team will ensure that you will get it in a timely period.

Article by: Onwara Anakthumpinit
Associate, Attorney at Law.