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Bangkok 2 year license renewal

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Hello I am renewing my two year thai drivers license in Bangkok. 

 

Can I get a certificate of residence from the local  Phra Khanong police station rather than going to CW or embassy ?

 

Do I need a medical certificate?

 

Can I renew my license after it has expired by a couple months? If not then how long can I renew before it expires as I am out of Thailand for two months when my license expires. 

 

I googled and researched thai visa and got different answers. Has anyone renewed their 2 year thai drivers license in Bangkok and can answer these questions for me please. Thank you.

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1 hour ago, userabcd said:

Did you look at the Thai website dlt.co.th. All the requirements are listed there.

Thanks.

 

Does not say if can get certificate of residence at police station. Some say you can some say you can’t but need answer for BKK. Do you know please ?

 

also some offices don’t require a medical certificate for renewal and I am asking if anyone been to BKk lately and if BKK requires it.  

 

 

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24 minutes ago, jcore said:

This is a good video describing Thai drivers license

But it only works this way if you are from USA, most other nationalities don't get a certificate of residence from their embassy if they are on a tourist Visa (And if they are on a non immigrant Visa they can get it way cheaper from the immigration)

 

@OP

I doubt it's possible to get a certificate of residence from the regular police, and i've never heard that somebody did. A certificate of residence is only relevant for foreigners, thus only immigration police.

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9 hours ago, Wake Up said:

Do I need a medical certificate?

Yes.

(not needed only for 5 year to 5 year)

9 hours ago, Wake Up said:

Can I renew my license after it has expired by a couple months? If not then how long can I renew before it expires as I am out of Thailand for two months when my license expires. 

You have up to one after expiry without extra effort.

 

I am afraid you have to go to CW for the residence certificate.

What is your status of stay (one year extension)?

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15 hours ago, KhunBENQ said:

Yes.

(not needed only for 5 year to 5 year)

You have up to one after expiry without extra effort.

 

I am afraid you have to go to CW for the residence certificate.

What is your status of stay (one year extension)?

Thanks my extension of stay is good until December 1, 2018. Will head to CW or embassy for residence certificate. License expires May 23, 2018. I am out of the country most of April May June July - not all but most. Glad I have time to do it when I get back to BKK in early August.  

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An American's Experience - My Thai wife and I went to the Department of Land Transportation at Bangrak BTS station today, Exit 3, to renew my 2 year ’Temporary’ Thai DL, for an automobile.  You can renew this DL up to 3 months before the expiration date.  The web page (see below) addresses renewing the DL after it expires.  First though, I had to get a ‘Medical Certificate’ at a medical clinic (storefront operation) on the opposite side of Sukhumvit from the Department of Land Transportation, near Exit 4.  They asked for my passport and knew right away which form I needed.  They took my height, weight, and BP, certified that I had none of the five diseases, and gave me the document, for THB 120.  On the other side of the street is The Department of Land Transportation.  It’s down Sukhumvit a few blocks from the BTS station, with an overhead sign (blue) written in Thai only.  There are motorcycle taxis on the corner, but if it’s not too hot, there’s a shaded walkway to the Department Building, about a five minute walk.  When you first walk in, there is a counter immediately in front of you where you can get information, and the lady checks your documents.  You will need the following:

 

  • Passport (original)
  • One copy of the main page with your photo, your last Non-Immigrant visa, your Extension of Stay (and maybe any re-entry permits, she kept it all), and your TM6 card.  
  • Medical Certificate (original - expires in 1 month)
  • ‘Vehicle and/or License Affidavit’ from the US Embassy (original - expires in 1 yr - there are other options addressed on the web page)
  • Existing 2 year Thai DL (original)

 

She will clip everything together, have you sign an ‘application’ form (written only in Thai), give you a queue number, and then direct you to Room 17 (right across) to have the physical tests.  We had to watch a tv monitor for our queue number.  Another tv monitor tells you what tests you have to do, and demonstrates them.  Once inside, you will be asked to do a depth perception test, a color vision and peripheral vision test, and a reaction time test.  I watched about 100 people take them, and no one failed, not even me.  I didn’t have to watch the hour long video this time.  With our same queue number, we were directed to a different waiting area.  When our number came up on the monitor, we went in the area and paid (THB 505.00), had my photo taken, and then I walked out with my license, good for 5+ years, until my next birthday.  It took us about 2 hours.  My Thai wife was very helpful in translating the announcements, reading signs, etc., but you can certainly go alone.  The staff is very helpful in directing lost looking farang.  They have a dress code (no shorts, miniskirts, or tank tops), but we saw Thais being serviced who did not follow the code.  The following web page is very helpful:

https://www.dlt.go.th/en/two-year-license/

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Without a Non-Immigrant visa I was unable to renew my 5yr license and only qualified for a 2 yr temporary (renewal) - The closest DLT to me in Bangkok is Phra Khanong (Sukhumvit 99/1)

 

Documents needed:

 

1) Existing Lience (2 or 5 year)

2) Photo copies Passport / Visa (Visa stamp)

3) Medical Check Up Certificate

4) Affirmation of Residence or Work Permit or house book.

 

1) Existing license needs to be within 1 year of expiry or a full test has to be redone.

2) Colour Copies / Any Visa or Stamp is ok.

3) The requirement for MCU is down to the individual officer - I was told I did not need it at the front desk, however, it was requested from the officer issuing my renewal - its best to have it and can be obtained from any clinic for about 100-300 baht. 

4) a) A Work Permit is ideal for Proof of Residence. 

4) b) If you are listed in your house book, this is also idea Proof of Residence.

4) c) Affirmation of Residence from Immigration (i.e. Chaeng Wattana). This can only be obtained  if you have carried out a 90 day report. If no 90 day report has been carried out, you cannot obtain an Affirmation of residence and have to resort to obtaining affirmation from your Embassy.

4) d) Affirmation of Residence from your Embassy (i.e. Brit Embassy). Go online to the FCO website, book an appointment at the British Embassy - £50 and approx 15 mins.

 

 

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On 11/12/2018 at 11:04 AM, RawboneFunksta said:

I think you mean Banjak BTS?

The BTS station in Bangrak is BTS Saphin Takhsin

You are correct.  I can't edit the submission now though...

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On 11/9/2018 at 9:29 PM, James2020 said:

Department of Land Transportation at Bangrak BTS station today

Department of Land Transport (DLT, Area 3) near Sukhumvit Soi 99.

BTS Station Bang Chak

bangchak.jpg

Edited by KhunBENQ

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