Purchasing a POV from a Japanese (Non-SOFA)
Source with License Plates
Obtain a copy of the title and go to any insurance company to buy Liability
Insurance. Liability Insurance will vary based on your age and rank and will range
from ¥16,700 to ¥41,900 for six months of coverage. One year of Liability
Insurance is available, but is based on rank and age.
Go to the Camp Zama Vehicle Registration Office (VRO) (Bldg. 227) where the
staff will prepare and insure you have all the required documents. You will need:
o ID card
o USFJ driver’s license
o Original title
o Proof of JCI (insurance)
o Proof of Liability Insurance
o Bill of sale (Jyoto-sho)
o Power of Attorney (Inin-jyo) from the seller
o Seal Certificate (Inkan-shomei) from the seller
o (Your house/apartment rental contract if living off base)
** If you live off-post you must also bring your housing contract or a
document that shows your Japanese address. Depending upon
where your house/apartment is located, you may also need to
obtain a parking certificate for ¥2,600 from the police station that
has jurisdiction over your parking space. If you need a parking
certificate you must take a photocopy of your parking space rental
agreement to your local police station, pay your fee, and then pick
up the completed document on the designated date.
Proceed to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) with your documents to register
your vehicle. Fees will include:
o ¥2,800 transaction fee
o ¥1,440 for local area license plates
o ¥7,500 to ¥19,000 based on your car’s weight.
o (For a mini car you will pay ¥6,800 total at the Mini Car Office and
motorcycles are about ¥5,000)
o (If the value of your vehicle is more than ¥500,000, you will also pay an
acquisition tax of 5 percent of the ledger price).
Return to the VRO within five (5) working days with all documents to complete onpost registration and get your USFJ Form 15A decal.
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