The yellow tabien baan – getting registered

Chris Larkin

Long time resident of Bangkok. Married, three daughters. Managing director of CLC Asia (www.clc-asia.com). Lots of interesting knowledge and experience built up over time which I hope can be of use to people.

6 Responses

  1. John S says:

    Is a birth certificate absolutely necessary? I honestly don’t know where mine is.

    • Chris Larkin says:

      The list we presented is a compilation of most documents that have been asked for. Each district office will require slightly different things. In some, they will be satisfied with a smaller set of documents that others. Best to check at the local district office you intend to apply at, and see if they need it. I will likely say it will be needed, at which case you’ll need to apply for a replacement birth certificate in the country of your birth.

  2. David Williams says:

    I recently met with a person who assists in getting citizenship and she said I should get my name listed on a yellow Tabien Baan. My Thai wife and I have lived in Phuket for 26 years and we rent our house. The only Tabien Baan in my wife’s family is in Bangkok. Everything I have (work permit, bank accounts, drivers license, etc) all show me living in Phuket. It seems like a bad idea to be ‘registered’ in Bangkok, but actually living in Phuket.

    Do I really need my name in the yellow Tabien Baan?

    • Chris Larkin says:

      Hi David,

      Yep, having a yellow Tabieen baan is one of the required documents for the application, so there is no real way around it.

      On top of that, being registered in Bangkok is our advice to all applicants as Special Branch there have a dedicated citizenship office – unlike the provinces who only may deal with an application from time to time, which normally results in the application not going anywhere at all. Moreover, most Thai citizens don’t live where there Tabieen Baan is, so being in different places isn’t unusual.

      The Special Branch people in Bangkok know all about this, so having your registration moved to their jurisdiction won’t be seen as strange (and they have been known to suggest this). Still, have a chat to them about your situation and if you look like qualifying based on your background, they should be quite helpful in suggesting what else needs to be changed. Honest is the best policy I think though, being straight up that your work is in Phuket but Tabieen Baan being in Bangkok shouldn’t be an issue.

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