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BANGKOK 14 November 2018 20:40
jimmjam

Is my U.K driving licence ok until i apply for a Thai one???

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Hello All!

Just a quick check I was recently stopped by police on my motor bike, first time ever. He asked for my licence which is a u.k one, I showed him he looked and just said "U.K" "U.K" to which I replied "yes", then sent me on my way. I know I need to get a Thai driving licence eventually, but im planning on driving from isaan to Bangkok in a Car. Will I encounter a lot of problems, fines …… etc..

thanks for the info in advance

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A UK License on its own is not good enough, I believe it should be accompanied with an IDP... International Driving Permit. however, as Poorsucker says  you can only use them for 90 days at a time.

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90 Day Max then the UK can demand your licence back. They sussed I was in Thailand and cancelled my UK licence, but can apply for new one when and if I return.

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3 minutes ago, DGS1244 said:

90 Day Max then the UK can demand your licence back. They sussed I was in Thailand and cancelled my UK licence, but can apply for new one when and if I return.

Out of interest, are you able to say how DVLA sussed you out?

 

Asking for a friend...........

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3 minutes ago, dabhand said:

Out of interest, are you able to say how DVLA sussed you out?

 

Asking for a friend...........

Happened when I renewed my Passport via British Embassy in Bangkok, didn't help that originally I was here on work permit.

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A UK license is only valid for 90 days at a lime but if you do 90-day border runs (tourist visa) or any other reason it resets because you leave and re-enter.

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3 minutes ago, Ulic said:

A UK license is only valid for 90 days at a lime but if you do 90-day border runs (tourist visa) or any other reason it resets because you leave and re-enter.

An overseas licence (from most of the developed world) is OK whilst you are a genuine TOURIST, but once you take up non-tourist residence in a country you have to obtain a local licence, and that's not just for Thailand. The RTP are unaware of that and continue to do two things:

+ accept residents producing an IDP, when they should have a Thai licence

+ require the production of an IDP by tourists when its not required

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This is my only experience. I was stopped in a check-point near Chiang Rai and was asked to show my driving licence which, at that time was a UK one. The Thai Officer spoke and read English and said my licence was not a UK INTERNATIONAL one. I was fined 1,000 baht on the spot and got a receipt. Within a few days I got a Thai Driving Licence in Chiang Mai courtesy of help from the British Consulate after complaining to them (but not these days I might add).

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15 hours ago, Burma Bill said:

This is my only experience. I was stopped in a check-point near Chiang Rai and was asked to show my driving licence which, at that time was a UK one. The Thai Officer spoke and read English and said my licence was not a UK INTERNATIONAL one. I was fined 1,000 baht on the spot and got a receipt. Within a few days I got a Thai Driving Licence in Chiang Mai courtesy of help from the British Consulate after complaining to them (but not these days I might add).

Like I said, they don't know the law. However, if you were able to get a Thai licence that indicates you were resident and not a tourist, so should have got a Thai licence..

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21 hours ago, DGS1244 said:

90 Day Max then the UK can demand your licence back. They sussed I was in Thailand and cancelled my UK licence, but can apply for new one when and if I return.

I think it’s actually 6 months and it may have been because you’re not on uk electoral role rather than passport renewal. That’s the go to check of most agencies.I renewed mine ok despite earlier renewal of passport here,but I do have an uk address (with Cooperation of my tenants ) and on electoral role . My wife just renewed her uk passport while we were in uk last month and because she’s on electoral role (which the application form mentioned) it went through. The tax authorities know I’m in Thailand 

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Just reading this topic. 

I have a Year IDP issued in the UK  -  which I was hoping to cover me from July 2018 until April 2019  -   is this not the case.

I am currently on a year retirement visa

 

regards 

 

 

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16 hours ago, oporhatch said:

Just reading this topic. 

I have a Year IDP issued in the UK  -  which I was hoping to cover me from July 2018 until April 2019  -   is this not the case.

I am currently on a year retirement visa

 

regards 

 

 

Legally that is not the case, as you are no longer a tourist you are required to obtain a Thai DL. However, from experience, the numb nuts in the RTP will happily accept your IDP, seemingly not knowing any better. The IDP is a nonsense, after all it doesn't even have a Thai translation!

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If you want a clear no BS answer. Google Hertz Thailand . Licence specs clearly defined.. Over 90 days you must get Thai Licence.

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