are obtained from the Department of Land Transport which has Land
Transport Offices (LTOs) through out Thailand. The initial license will
initially be for a two year period and subsequently for five year
periods. The license will expire on the holder's birth date.
APPOINTMENT: The Banglamung DLT Office serves the Pattaya area. Currently, they limit the number of foreigners they process each day. Click here for the latest information we have on obtaining an appointment. If applying at a different DLT office, you will need to contact them for their requirements regarding appointments.
PROCESS: To obtain or renew a Thai Driving License, you will need to have the following documents and take one or more of the following tests:
In addition, you will need evidence of having viewed a 1 hour video. Click here for more information.
The App will require you to answer 3 questions, run the video, then answer 3 more questions. Upon completion, you will get a "completed" page which you should copy and print out.
To avoid taking a written and driving test for your initial license when applying, a foreigner must have an International Driving Permit (IDP)* along with their unexpired foreign driving license OR a photocopy of the unexpired foreign driving license certified as valid by your Embassy [check with your Embassy to see if they will certify a photocopied document, e.g., the US Embassy will not do so].
* You will need to obtain the IDP from the country where you have your current driving license and it must still be valid at time of applying for the Thai Driving License(s). Click here for information on IDPs.
FEE: You will then pay the appropriate fee for the type of license being obtained. A separate license is required for vehicle (car, van, pickup) and motorcycle. See the Documents section below for the fee for each type of license.
PHOTO: After the fee is collected, you will wait to be called for your photo to be taken for the license.
RENEWAL: Can be done up to 6 months before the expiration date.
Obtaining a replacement for a lost driving license requires the same documentation and fees needed for renewal PLUS a police report - however, you do not need take any examination (physical, test, driving) - expect the process to take at least one hour or more at Banglamung Land Transport Office.
When applying for your first Thai driving license, you will receive a Temporary License good for two years. It can be replaced up to 3 months prior to expiration date with a five year license provided you hold a Non-Immigrant Visa or extension of stay based on having such visa.
NOTE: You will also need a print out of your Completion page from the App mentioned above in the process information.
TIP: Upon receipt of your new license, look it over before leaving the LTO to be sure everything is accurate (your current address will be on the reverse side below the Restrictions section, but it will be in Thai script, so unless you read Thai script or have a Thai with you, about all you can verify is the house/unit number and postal code).
Initial Two Year License
Initial Five Year License
Renew Five Year License
When the DLT changed the Form of the Certificate, they also included the requirement that it would be required for all driving licenses.
The previous form only had a few specific conditions to be reported and was available from most clinics and hospitals for a fee of 100 to 300 baht with no examination involved. The new form requires you provide the physician with a medical history on the top part of the form and the physician completes the bottom portion certifying that you are not impaired for driving a vehicle.
Click here to view a copy of the new form (it is in Thai). The following is an English translation of the upper portion used for reporting your medical history:
However, currently many clinics and hospitals are still providing the old form AND the Banglamung DLT office which serves Pattaya continues to accept the older version which contained the doctor's certification that the person was free of the following:
If you do not have a Work Permit that shows your current address, you will need to obtain a Residency Certificate from Thai Immigration OR your Embassy.
If obtaining from other than Chonburi (Pattaya) Immigration, the requirements may vary. It is reported that Bangkok Immigration will not issue the Residence Certificate unless you have at least one 90 day address report on file. Also, there are reports on various websites that some Immigration Offices may take several days or weeks to issue the Certificate or refuse to do it at all. The fees can also vary from free to 500 baht (largest amount we have seen reported).
Click the button below for Chonburi (Pattaya) Immigration
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