On Saturday, after buying the compulsory government insurance (neither difficult nor expensive) we went to a trafik takipi – someone who sorts out your papers for the Trafik Polis. This is, we believe, absolutely necessary. It cost us 30 lira, and he prepared a neat file (this is a pink dosya – we think it needs to be pink because we didn’t see any that were any other colour) with all the documents in the right order. We did this locally in Selçuk. Near the near the Trafik Polis in Izmir there are loads of offices which perform the same service. Some of these look very smart and some are just a guy sitting on a stool on the street with a portable typewriter. We were warned in the police office that not everyone who offers to help you with the process is trustworthy. We think we were right to get our documents prepared in advance it took a lot of worry and stress out of the situation. We had all the necessary documents but, if something had been missing, it would have been good to sort this out before going to Izmir. Also the Takipi was recommended by a friend. Personal recommendations are really important here.
On Monday armed with said file we went to Izmir and took our queue ticket in the Trafik Tescil. We waited around 20 minutes then we saw a very pleasant police officer who said there was a problem with our papers – the vize was out of date. Well, we knew that Şadı had sorted that and that we had temporary registration on the system, so we pointed that out and all was well. We were given a document and told to take it to where the plates are made up, and to then return in the afternoon with said plate and the receipt. Hilary understood everything she was told except how to get to the place that prints the number plates (she is hopeless with directions). The Polis was worried that we didn’t understand so he phoned a friend who turned up and explained everything in English. We understood everything except how to get to the place that prints the number plates…
We headed off and, after some false starts, found the place that prints the number plates and handed in our paper. It is nearby but not immediately obvious. We were charged 17.5 lira and took our receipt. We were told to come back at around 15:00 so we declared lunchtime and went to eat. We loitered for a couple of hours after lunch, then came back, picked up our new plate and headed to room 13 where our papers were ready and waiting for us. We now have a 35 (Izmir) MG plate, showing that we are foreign, and all the correct papers including those for the recent change of paint colour to white. We caught the 15:30 train home.
Of course we then had to change the insurance policy because the number plate had changed, but this was simple enough although we were told we needed to go back to the insurance agent we where we bought the policy. We even got a refund on the changed insurance, apparently insurance is cheaper with an Izmir plate than with an Istanbul one.
The final step is to explore kasko insurance (comprehensive) since the basic compulsory cover only covers third party. This is likely to be expensive.
What you need for the pink dosya:
All documents pertaining to the sale and everything that was shown to the Noter
- Sales Agreement (notarised)
Residence permit (ikamet tezkaresi)
(And, in our case, a lot of extra paperwork because the bike had been sprayed white – two forms and a receipt for the paintwork).
What you need for the polis:
The pink dosya.
Willingness and some ability to communicate in Turkish (or take someone with you who does). We managed on our own, but Hilary does speak some basic Turkish and is able to understand when people speak slowly and clearly.
We think it’s really important to get the pink dosya made up by someone who knows what they’re doing. The people we saw spoke no English but we had a phone number for the friend who recommended them in case we needed help with translation (we didn’t).