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Driver's License Procedures Chiang Mai

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I renewed my license today and was pleasantly surprised. Previously they wouldn't issue a 5 year license with an elite visa, was specifically told when renewing 2 years ago it had to be a non-imm visa only (oddly enough told it had to be a long term visa to get a 5 year license???)

I was expecting another 2 year temporary. Anyways I don't have to go back for 5 years now :)


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For a 2 year license renewal, is there any grace period after it expires?





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ID: 283   Posted

I've got to renew my 5 year license this week.  Could someone please confirm what times they do the renewals?  Thanks

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ID: 284   Posted

Dont forget to let your licence expire by a couple of days and the new one will be for 6 years.

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8 minutes ago, NigelKennedy said:

Dont forget to let your licence expire by a couple of days and the new one will be for 6 years.

What would happen if you had an accident with an expired license?  Could your insurance carrier legally opt out of paying any claims associated with the accident?

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46 minutes ago, tyznd said:

I've got to renew my 5 year license this week.  Could someone please confirm what times they do the renewals?  Thanks

Yes me also; so went to the application form and requirements.

Seems the fees have gone up but after reading a few comments here about not needing medical certif clearly it IS needed.

 

Also wondering what these reaction tests are...not done them before only the computer game.

 

The wife always insists getting the right info from the facility itself and not hearsay on here!

 

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Well I succeded in obtaining a 5yr licence for car and bike. 

The cost of the car was 605bt and the bike 355bt. I was charged a further 100bt because my address was different when I applied previously.

 

the medical certificate is definitely required, and a copy if you need a licence for car and bike.

 

I arrived at 8.10am thinking the place opened at 8.30 and would be hundreds outside. no one outside because it opens at 8.00 and those hundreds were already inside.

However, there was no queue at the info checking desk and I was on a fast track route.

Only had to do the colour eye test again, photos again but I was out by 10.15  just 2 hours.

 

Some tips to save at least half an hour on my time.

 

1. Get your photocopies done before you arrive. when I arrived they hadn't even opened the copy area and there was a long queue by 8.30. they also charge 2bt whereas costs usually elsewhere are 4 copies for 2 bt.

2.  About 20/30 in a group do the eye tests. Afterwards you have to collect all your paperwork from the desk and take it back to the information desk for a queue number to pay.

If you pick up your papers towards the end you will lose/have to wait about 2 minutes  per person for everyone in front of you. I was almost last, being polite and it cost me about half an hour....

3. The ladies taking the photographs always ask for 20bt and unless you ask; you don't know its only for the plastic wallet to carry your new licence. If you don't want one tell them and save  20bt. 

4. If like me you were there when they encountered a power cut it cost everyone about 15 minutes but for those watching the video it saved them 15 minutes because they just shuffled everyone out. but a power cut with everyone following the number system just grinds the whole operation to a halt.

 

Overall its a day you dread but of all the Government Office procedures in Chiang Mai I have to say this is the most efficient one I have encountered processing 200 hundred people every day and all wanting different things.

 

thumbs up from me.

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On 2/13/2017 at 10:54 PM, tonboy said:

So, if you have a driverlicense already (in my case a valid till 2026 Dutch carlicense) , you do not have to do any tests ?
I will be in CM from March 20 onwards, have a O-A (year) Visa, so can easily get this Thai car-license ?

Okay so here is a potentially stupid question.  US passport, expired US (Virgina) license, valid UAE residency permit and valid UAE drivers license (in English) ... can I transfer the UAE license over without taking the practical test since I have a valid UAE residency permit still OR will they say US passport must equal a US license?

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Does anyone know whether one should renew a drivers license after getting a new passport? The passport number on my d/l  does not match my new passport. Thanks

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