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A medical certificate is stated as a requirement when replacing a one year licence with a five year.

Does this have to be obtained from a hospital, the same as when originally applying for the one year licence?

If so, which is the easiest?

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It is accepted from any doctor's clinic.

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Suppose my basic question is how late can you still renew a 5 year licences, 1 month, 1 year or what?

I don't have a definitive answer but I believe up to 1 year after expiration. Will see if someone has specific experience on this. The sign indicates for 1 year to 5 year you have 3 years after expiration before you have to start the new temporary one all over again. I would say it is very likely 35 days is no problem for 5 to 5.

"The topic of DL comes up often enough to warrant a pinned topic on it. I went in to renew my 5 year license today, 1 day after my birthday in order to get 5 years + 364 days. The timing of my experience today will probably not be the norm as it was two days before a 5 day holiday and the place was packed."

I was there today - a few days after my birthday/expiration date. It was packed with people. But I didn't get the extra year. I got 17 days short of 5 years. No big deal.....

Last year when I renewed my DL. I went there 3 weeks bf expiry. Got new DL starting from current expiry date. So needed two use old till expiry. No zic zac with dates.

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Does this have to be obtained from a hospital, the same as when originally applying for the one year licence?If so, which is the easiest?

No need to be from same hospital. If you want play safe, use hospital they recommend.

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A medical certificate is stated as a requirement when replacing a one year licence with a five year. Does this have to be obtained from a hospital, the same as when originally applying for the one year licence? If so, which is the easiest?

I've had to do that twice - once for the 1-year licenses and then a year later for the 5-year licenses. The first was from a small doctor's clinic on Huay Gaew and the second was from RAM. So, no, you can get one from any hospital or clinic and you definitely don't have to use the same source. Easiest? I suppose that depends on how long you have to wait at a given place (it took about 15 minutes at the clinic as the doctor wasn't busy and I think the total time at RAM was about 40 minutes). I don't remember what I was charged....maybe something like 200 baht for the clinic about 300 baht from RAM?

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Can someone here provide some answers:

I have a temporary 1 yr car license and a 1 yr motorcycle license that I need to renew by next month to obtian the 5 year ones for both.

Can I renew one week in advance to expiration date as they will be most likely closed the week of Songkran?

Will my work permit be accepted in lieu of certificate of residence?

Do I need to provide -2- medical certificates for the 2 renewals?

Thanks in advance for your answers.

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Can someone here provide some answers:

I have a temporary 1 yr car license and a 1 yr motorcycle license that I need to renew by next month to obtian the 5 year ones for both.

Can I renew one week in advance to expiration date as they will be most likely closed the week of Songkran?

Will my work permit be accepted in lieu of certificate of residence?

Do I need to provide -2- medical certificates for the 2 renewals?

Thanks in advance for your answers.

1. YES

2. YES

3. No personal experience.

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Can I renew one week in advance to expiration date as they will be most likely closed the week of Songkran?

Will my work permit be accepted in lieu of certificate of residence?

Do I need to provide -2- medical certificates for the 2 renewals?

1. You are required to wait until the provisionary license expires before converting to a 5 year license. There are some reports that were successful before that and perhaps with a long holiday you might get away with it.

2. WP is accepted

3. 2 are needed but I understand that a photocopy for the 2nd one is fine.

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Can I renew one week in advance to expiration date as they will be most likely closed the week of Songkran?

Will my work permit be accepted in lieu of certificate of residence?

Do I need to provide -2- medical certificates for the 2 renewals?

1. You are required to wait until the provisionary license expires before converting to a 5 year license. There are some reports that were successful before that and perhaps with a long holiday you might get away with it.

I renewed my DL end of last year. Went there 3 weeks before expiry. I got new licence starting from expiry. They said I need to use actual license till its expiry and then new. So they dated new license in advance.

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I renewed my DL end of last year. Went there 3 weeks before expiry. I got new licence starting from expiry. They said I need to use actual license till its expiry and then new. So they dated new license in advance.

Out of curiosity, were you going from the 1-year provisional license to a 5-year or renewing a 5-year license? Just asking the question as I'm not sure if it makes any difference.

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I renewed my DL end of last year. Went there 3 weeks before expiry. I got new licence starting from expiry. They said I need to use actual license till its expiry and then new. So they dated new license in advance.

Out of curiosity, were you going from the 1-year provisional license to a 5-year or renewing a 5-year license? Just asking the question as I'm not sure if it makes any difference.

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It's best to go at 13:00, then they are not busy.

Actually be there 10-15 minutes before, so you finish the video before the Thai's.

Good to know thanks. Hope someone can chime in about the residency letter requirements as it will be a pain to go all the way out to Promenada and be missing one key officer's/stickler's requirement...

..........and we will not get into the 500Baht bribery, already been discussed, hashed, and buried.

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I renewed my DL end of last year. Went there 3 weeks before expiry. I got new licence starting from expiry. They said I need to use actual license till its expiry and then new. So they dated new license in advance.

By saying they dated your new (the "5-year" deal) license in advance, I'm assuming you are saying that the issuance date on your new license is either the expiration date of your 1-year license or, perhaps, the day after the expiration date. However, I don't know if this is regular practice or not as I got my "5-year" license several days after my one-year license expired (and the issuance date is the date I got it). I'd note that they didn't give me back my one-year licenses (maybe they just tossed them for me as they had already expired) but it sounds like you got yours back to use for 3 weeks.

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I renewed my DL end of last year. Went there 3 weeks before expiry. I got new licence starting from expiry. They said I need to use actual license till its expiry and then new. So they dated new license in advance.

By saying they dated your new (the "5-year" deal) license in advance, I'm assuming you are saying that the issuance date on your new license is either the expiration date of your 1-year license or, perhaps, the day after the expiration date. However, I don't know if this is regular practice or not as I got my "5-year" license several days after my one-year license expired (and the issuance date is the date I got it). I'd note that they didn't give me back my one-year licenses (maybe they just tossed them for me as they had already expired) but it sounds like you got yours back to use for 3 weeks.

Yes. Issuance date is expiry of old one. They didn't ask me return the old one on it's expiry. "Cut old on expiry date or keep it as memory". I'm sure practice vary. Still I recommend everyone to go in good advance.

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If I recall nearly 5 yrs ago when I got my 1 yr license renewed for the 5 yr one I didn't need to get a medical evaluation, watch a video, or anything else. I merely went to the office and got it. I can't recall the exact cost but it was something like 100-200 baht for my photo, and 300-500 for the licensing fee....

Take note, I did it all at the Lamphun office as it has a very small queue compared to CM.

We'll see what occurs later this year as my 5 yr is about to expire later this Summer.

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I went to renew my car and motorbike licence from 1 year to 5 year.

Arrived at 7:30am and already about 60 people crowding the entrance waiting for the doors to open at 8:00am.

Everyone raced upstairs and got a number at the information desk. I waited for about 30 minutes before my number was called.

Documents required:(copies - 2 of each) + your actual passport and work permit

Passport pic page

Passport visa page - entry stamp and departure card

Work permit pic page plus address page (in lieu of certificate of residence)

Medical certificate - less than 30 days old - I had 2 originals but was told a copy for 2nd license will suffice.

Paid 1060 baht for the 2 licenses

Processing took about 20 minutes

Went to photo area and took number - waited 15 minutes and done. Good for 5 years. No video or lectures.

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I upgraded from a 1 to 5 year licence yesterday afternoon.

All relevant copies to hand - passport & yellow book - as well as medical cert & old licence.

Arrived 1245, # 247. Then processing #120. Left with licence at 1530.

No video, no tests. Just a long and uncomortable wait. The place was heaving and there were literally hundreds of young people in the training room (presumably motorcyclists).

Licence 22 March 2015 - 10 March 2021. (Theppanya medical 60 baht.)

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Has anyone renewed from a 1 year to a 5 year with an elite visa?

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I went and enquired this afternoon as my license expires soon.

They won't give a 5 year license with an elite visa

Initially I was told I needed a long term visa, though when I replied that I have a long term visa, the lady was quite firm stating it has to be a non-immigrant visa...

So it seems I'll be going through the renewal process *again* next year.

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I have all documentation in hand and wanting to get thai license for both motorbike and car tomorrow, I have read elsewhere that I need to go at certain times to take a test, anyone who has gone through it recently confirm this, I was under the impression I could just show up whenever but I guess if they want to show vids and test it will only be at certain times. Cheers

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Just turn up no test for your first if you have a foreign licence.

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I went and enquired this afternoon as my license expires soon.

They won't give a 5 year license with an elite visa

Initially I was told I needed a long term visa, though when I replied that I have a long term visa, the lady was quite firm stating it has to be a non-immigrant visa...

So it seems I'll be going through the renewal process *again* next year.

and to confuse things

I got new temporary licenses today, but valid for 2 years???

I think it was a stuffup.

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and to confuse things

I got new temporary licenses today, but valid for 2 years???

I think it was a stuffup.

I went and got both licenses today (car and motorbike) fairly easy process besides the 3.5 hour wait, someone should open a massage place outside, would make some money!

I also got 2 years on my temporary licenses, at first I thought it was a stuffup too, so I kept my mouth shut not wanting her to correct it, but then she showed me "see you have 2 year" so might be something new.

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