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#1 willfreeman

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Posted 2013-05-08 12:38:24

i have an australian car license, today i obtained my thai car and motorcycle licenses.

 

can i get an international license issued here in thailand? 

 

if so where, how, cost etc? thanks



#2 CMSteve

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Posted 2013-05-08 13:06:35

Thai licenses are issued in English.    You will not need an IDP for most countries.   But I think you can make one, just not sure where.


Edited by CMSteve, 2013-05-08 13:08:17.


#3 Red Crab

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Posted 2013-05-08 13:12:01

Hi, did you need to provide a Certificate of Residency in order to obtain a Thai Driver's Licence?

If so, where did you get it from, as i am aware, that the Immigration Dept. in Chiang Mai currently is not issuing them.

Did you have to go to the Australian Ambassy in Bang Kok?

Any info will be appreciated.

 



#4 willfreeman

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Posted 2013-05-08 13:18:06

i got a residency letter issued from the australian consulate here in chiang mai, they accepted that. he is located out ont 118 road to doi saket, on the left hand side, basically opposite of the caltex, his office is in the back of a 'garden centre' selling pavers and statues. just bring your passport and letter from your hotel/condo, there was no fee and i could pick the letter up the next day.

 

 

 http://maps.google.c...319.26,,0,12.79



#5 willfreeman

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Posted 2013-05-08 13:20:25

Thai licenses are issued in English.    You will not need an IDP for most countries.   But I think you can make one, just not sure where.

i want one to make sure  any travel insurance is valid in case of car/bike accident when outside of australia or thailand.



#6 steve187

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Posted 2013-05-08 13:25:59

i think an idp is not issued with a one year thai licence



#7 Red Crab

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Posted 2013-05-08 13:27:24

Thanks a lot. That would be, I guess  an Honorary Consul representing Australia? I have heard of him. Great news, do not have to travel to BKK.

Thanks and cheers



#8 sharktooth

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Posted 2013-05-08 13:59:33

This mob will sort you out... http://phuketdir.com/intlicense/

#9 khwaibah

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Posted 2013-05-08 14:38:37

IDP are only issued on a 5 year Thai driving license. Not on a 1 year as this license is considered Temporary. Its stated so at the top of your license.



#10 purushanti

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Posted 2013-05-08 21:03:31

        One can obtain an IDP at Hang Don Land Transport, requirements similar to regular TH license.  I do not recall the requirements exactly, but 2 glossy photos are needed.  Good for one year.  Upstairs a small piece of paper with the requirements is available upon request.  Do not recall the requirement for a 5-year TH domestic license first, but the post above makes sense.



#11 neilrob

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Posted 2013-05-09 03:52:05

But why get an IDP? I've driven in countries all over the world and never yet found one where an IDP is of any value. I'm currently in England, driving on a 5 year Thai license.



#12 sharktooth

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Posted 2013-05-09 13:57:14

But why get an IDP? I've driven in countries all over the world and never yet found one where an IDP is of any value. I'm currently in England, driving on a 5 year Thai license.


Does the old bill know?

#13 fcgprg

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Posted 2013-05-09 14:06:38

But why get an IDP? I've driven in countries all over the world and never yet found one where an IDP is of any value. I'm currently in England, driving on a 5 year Thai license.


Does the old bill know?

If you are from the UK and have a driving licence and a Thai licence you do not need a IDP to drive in the UK.If you are not resident in the uk and live in Thailand you are required to use the Thai licence if you visit for a Holiday.



#14 Sparkles

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Posted 2013-05-09 14:52:32

For what its worth I got stopped in Hua Hin and the very pleasant cop asked to see my THAI licence which I had.

I asked him what was the problem ? His words" there are too many falangs living here, driving on their home country licence or international licences .He added if you live "permanently" in Thailand you should have a Thai licence.Of course if others have a different explanation, from another official, in another area that's quite normal



#15 zippydedodah

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Posted 2013-05-09 15:11:06

when i travel to USA (california) i rent cars and show my thai drivers license..have never been asked for US or international license.



#16 khwaibah

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Posted 2013-05-09 15:28:46

when i travel to USA (california) i rent cars and show my thai drivers license..have never been asked for US or international license.

Just returned from the USA. Drove and rented cars on  my 5 year Thai license from New York to South Carolina no problem at all. A one year Thai licenses is NOT accepted its a TEMPORARY LICENSEES and says so at top and will be refused.



#17 Tomtomtom69

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Posted 2013-05-10 20:57:15


when i travel to USA (california) i rent cars and show my thai drivers license..have never been asked for US or international license.

Just returned from the USA. Drove and rented cars on  my 5 year Thai license from New York to South Carolina no problem at all. A one year Thai licenses is NOT accepted its a TEMPORARY LICENSEES and says so at top and will be refused.


They accepted a Thai license for a rental over there? That surprises me, that they would accept a license from a developing country like Thailand...somehow I'm not convinced a 1-year license would be refused if they accept 5-year ones. If you've never tested it, how would you know? As long as the license is still valid, I don't see the issue.

#18 thaicbr

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Posted 2013-05-10 21:06:47

 

when i travel to USA (california) i rent cars and show my thai drivers license..have never been asked for US or international license.

Just returned from the USA. Drove and rented cars on  my 5 year Thai license from New York to South Carolina no problem at all. A one year Thai licenses is NOT accepted its a TEMPORARY LICENSEES and says so at top and will be refused.

 

They accepted a Thai license for a rental over there? That surprises me, that they would accept a license from a developing country like Thailand...somehow I'm not convinced a 1-year license would be refused if they accept 5-year ones. If you've never tested it, how would you know? As long as the license is still valid, I don't see the issue.

yOU MAY NOT SEE THE ISSUE. But the LAW does. It is fairly simple the Thai 1 year licence is classified as a temporary or probationary licence. And is not subject to the licence agreements..



#19 eden8

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Posted 2013-05-11 21:25:30

May i know where do we convert our driving license to thai driving license in chiangmai/bkk? P.S i am not from aussie.

#20 ha55ha

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Posted 2013-05-12 11:56:37

 

But why get an IDP? I've driven in countries all over the world and never yet found one where an IDP is of any value. I'm currently in England, driving on a 5 year Thai license.


Does the old bill know?

If you are from the UK and have a driving licence and a Thai licence you do not need a IDP to drive in the UK.If you are not resident in the uk and live in Thailand you are required to use the Thai licence if you visit for a Holiday.

 

I'm from England and heading back there soon and have a 5 year Thai license (and no British license). Will I be able to drive back in England? And for how long until I need to get my UK License?



#21 fcgprg

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Posted 2013-05-12 12:53:21

 

 

But why get an IDP? I've driven in countries all over the world and never yet found one where an IDP is of any value. I'm currently in England, driving on a 5 year Thai license.


Does the old bill know?

If you are from the UK and have a driving licence and a Thai licence you do not need a IDP to drive in the UK.If you are not resident in the uk and live in Thailand you are required to use the Thai licence if you visit for a Holiday.

 

I'm from England and heading back there soon and have a 5 year Thai license (and no British license). Will I be able to drive back in England? And for how long until I need to get my UK License?

If you do not have a UK driving license you will also have to have a IDP as well has your 5 year Thai driving license  You will then be able to drive in the Uk for 12 months without a Uk license.


Edited by fcgprg, 2013-05-12 12:54:22.


#22 ha55ha

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Posted 2013-05-12 13:24:17

Thanks!

 

Can I get a IDP from the same place I got my Thai license?



#23 BarnicaleBob

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Posted 2013-05-12 14:03:42

when i travel to USA (california) i rent cars and show my thai drivers license..have never been asked for US or international license.

Just returned from the USA. Drove and rented cars on  my 5 year Thai license from New York to South Carolina no problem at all. A one year Thai licenses is NOT accepted its a TEMPORARY LICENSEES and says so at top and will be refused.

As far as using a IDL in the States goes, you will find the laws of each state may vary.  It's true that most states accept most other countries DL but some states such as Florida require anyone from another country to have a IDL as they will not accept any other nations DL for driving in Florida.  All the car rental agencies in Florida follow this rule. 



#24 zippydedodah

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Posted 2013-05-12 15:03:16

 

when i travel to USA (california) i rent cars and show my thai drivers license..have never been asked for US or international license.

Just returned from the USA. Drove and rented cars on  my 5 year Thai license from New York to South Carolina no problem at all. A one year Thai licenses is NOT accepted its a TEMPORARY LICENSEES and says so at top and will be refused.

As far as using a IDL in the States goes, you will find the laws of each state may vary.  It's true that most states accept most other countries DL but some states such as Florida require anyone from another country to have a IDL as they will not accept any other nations DL for driving in Florida.  All the car rental agencies in Florida follow this rule. 

 

 

actually, apparently florida backed down from that requirement: http://www.theglobea...article8666459/

 

but your point is well made, as rules might vary state by state... but according to that article, it might well be illegal for ANY state in USA to require an IDL from a participating country in that geneva pact, mentioned in the article... and to be quite honest, i don't know if thailand was a country that signed that pact (says 70 countries signed).



#25 neilrob

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Posted 2013-05-12 15:35:42

"If you do not have a UK driving license you will also have to have a IDP as well has your 5 year Thai driving license You will then be able to drive in the Uk for 12 months without a Uk license".

 

 

The answer above is not correct. Best to go straight to the UK government website to get the real info. You do NOT need an IDP. The government website states clearly that you can drive for 12 months with your license from your country of residence.







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