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.
PROCESS: To obtain or renew a Thai Driving License, in addition to watching a video, all have to take one or more of the following tests:
To avoid taking a written and driving test, a foreigner must have an International Driving Permit (IDP) along with their unexpired foreign driving license OR a photocopy of the unexpired 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].
PHOTO: After the fee is collected, your photo will be taken for the license.
TYPE: A separate license is required for vehicle (car, van, pickup) and motorcycle.
RENEWAL: Can be done up to 3 months before the expiration date.
Caution if renewing an expired license at Banglamung (Pattaya) LTO - Many license holders have gamed the system by allowing their license to expire before applying for a renewal. Since it expires on their birth date and the renewal will expire 5 years from their next birth date, this makes it almost a 6 year license. Consequently, Banglamung LTO is currently requiring both written & driving test be done before renewing the expired license if done right after 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.
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).
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