Around the year 2009, many cars were issued with badly made registration plates. After a few months, the white background of the plates began to flake, making them impossible to wash, and the black paint on the numbers and province name also started to peel off.
If you have a damaged plate, whether it is faulty or it was damaged in a collision, it is easy to replace it if you are the owner of the car (if the car is still owned by a finance company, the process may be more tedious). Just visit your nearest Land Transport Office, explain your problem and show them your blue book. You will be asked to fill in a form (in Thai) to order the new plates, and they will tell you when to come again (it can take up to 3 months). When you receive your new plates, you have to give back the old ones. Oh, and you don’t have to pay a satang, it’s free!