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On ‎7‎/‎27‎/‎2017 at 8:11 AM, gobs said:

...... each time I’ve been told “better to do it a little after the due date has expired” (but no explanation, just no worry). 

 

Others had explained to me that there's no problem in going in after expiration (although I was unaware of the 3-month time limit for renewal) and, in fact, they advised me to do it as the new 5-year time period would run from my next birthdate.  And that's exactly what happened (went in two days after expiration and got a license good for 5-years, 363 days).

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On 7/31/2017 at 3:21 AM, CMBob said:

Others had explained to me that there's no problem in going in after expiration (although I was unaware of the 3-month time limit for renewal) and, in fact, they advised me to do it as the new 5-year time period would run from my next birthdate.  And that's exactly what happened (went in two days after expiration and got a license good for 5-years, 363 days).

Hi CM bob,

Thanks for your input. But maybe things have changed or evolved...

I did yesterday, the 3rd of August, my 5 years to 5 years DL extensions (report below) with a 14th August expiring date (in fact my birth date), and my new DL cards show now the 14th of August 2022 as the new expiring date (not the 3rd). So I think there is no more "prejudice" doing it before in the 90 days time frame...

Well, I suppose :tongue:

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Hi all,

My turn for a report for my 5 years to 5 years DL extensions (car + motorbike) yesterday Thursday the 3rd of August…

 

Previously, Residence Certificate from Immigration Office at Promenada, first floor room 7, done last Monday the 31st of July. Got it on Tuesday (so the next day) for 500 Bahts. A breeze...

 

Thinking all going rather efficiently from the recent above reports, I first quietly went to the Chiang Mai Klaimor Hospital (on the Hang Dong road about half way to the Transport Office from Airport Plazza) for my medical certificate (5 diseases DL medical check) at 10.30. No long queuing, efficient and kind staff, easy process. For foreigners 150 Bahts (80 Baths for Thais). Out at about 11 and something. Another breeze...

 

Time for lunch and coffee. Great breeze...

 

Then slightly before 1pm I arrived at the Transport Office with a confident smile. But there, end of the breezing time: the DL registering central computer was failing from time to time, extending processing and queuing (an apologizing sign on the information desk for the new commers). Sometimes during 5-10 minutes everything stops: no one was able to be called and/or processed…

At least, at 1.30 I was handled a queue card, did the Color Test, then all the foreigners (about 12) were sent to the video room for the famous one hour training video. No luck…

A little after 2.30 got back all my due papers and a new queue card for payment then picture and DL card delivery. Got the number 347 while at the time the number 208 was processed. Sigh…

At 5 and something my number was called. But because of some computer problem, as others experimented previously, the payment process was very slow though the lady officer was very kind and patient. Then picture and DL card delivery in a rush, staff beginning to be in a tired and “nervous” mood, but always kind and efficient…

Finally out with my 2 DL cards at about 5.30 pm...

To put it short it has been a global 4 hours process at the Transport Office alone, including a near 3 hours queuing time.

 

At least I’m now quiet for the next 5 years!

:laugh:

 

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My previous post above from July 27th could "drive" into big mistakes, sorry. So, please forget it, and as posted earlier by eyecatcher here is an official copy of the papers needed to apply for a 5 years to 5 years Driving Licence extension for foreigners:

 

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As I had time yesterday, I asked and was explained by a lady officer the difference between Thai citizens and foreigners:

Thai citizens have just to bring their ID card and their previous DL card(s).

For Thai citizens a medical certificate is only mandatory for the first one year DL and the one year to 5 years renewal. After that no more medical certificate needed…

As well, for Thai citizens the time frame is 90 days before or after the expiring date. After that and up to one year only a special fee will be applied. After the one year expired Thai citizens have to go through a new but usual “theoretical signs and driving rules exam” (videos, dias and questions), the initial one being cancelled. If two years more then you go back to zero (exam + driving test)...

 

I asked the lady if the delays (90 days after the expiring date, one year, and so on) applied for foreigners. She answered a not so confident “yes” after a moment of hesitation. Like if she were not so sure. So not sure myself either, but… :tongue:

 

As well she told me they processed about 500 application forms a day, including new DLs and DL extensions. Sure, that’s a lot!

 

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8 hours ago, gobs said:

Hi CM bob,

Thanks for your input. But maybe things have changed or evolved...

I did yesterday, the 3rd of August, my 5 years to 5 years DL extensions (report below) with a 14th August expiring date (in fact my birth date), and my new DL cards show now the 14th of August 2022 as the new expiring date (not the 3rd). So I think there is no more "prejudice" doing it before in the 90 days time frame...

Well, I suppose :tongue:

You missed my point.  Yes, going in on or prior to your expiration date will result in you getting 5 years from your expiration date and you'll get the same 5-year time period (starting from your expiration date) regardless of how many days prior to your expiration date/birthdate that you go in to get it done.  What I was pointing out was that you get 5 years from your next birthday if you go in after expiration.  That's what I (and many friends) have done in CM and we've essentially gotten an almost 6 year license (6 years less the number of days since your expiration/birthdate).  Maybe that's changed in the interim (it's been a year or so since I pulled that trick).

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15 hours ago, CMBob said:

You missed my point.  Yes, going in on or prior to your expiration date will result in you getting 5 years from your expiration date and you'll get the same 5-year time period (starting from your expiration date) regardless of how many days prior to your expiration date/birthdate that you go in to get it done.  What I was pointing out was that you get 5 years from your next birthday if you go in after expiration.  That's what I (and many friends) have done in CM and we've essentially gotten an almost 6 year license (6 years less the number of days since your expiration/birthdate).  Maybe that's changed in the interim (it's been a year or so since I pulled that trick).

Ah! Oh! Errrr... Yes I completely missed your point, my bad. And now that I understand it, this may explain why my wife five years ago got a 6 years extension. As her birth date is on the 8th of August and mine on the 14th, five years ago we decided to apply for our 5 years to 5 years renewals both on the 10th of August (bills still in some folder here at home). As she applied 2 days after the expiring date she got a 6 years extension (less 2 days) until the 8th of August 2018, while I being 4 days before I only got a "regular" 5 years extension until the 14th of August 2017.

Great you made this point clearer to me CMBob. It well may explain the above...

Thanks for that.

 

 

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Extending the 5 year license with another 5 years:

 

* I recommend showing up at 2:45pm on a Friday. 

* Just need old DL, passport and something that confirms your address (Work Permit or othewise)

* Don't need medical cert, don't need photo, a couple copies can be made cheaply right there at the office; the dude at the copier knows what to copy.

* My DL was expired by 2+ months already;  no prob.

* Fill in your name on a form and submit the copies.

* Very quick session to identify red, green and yellow blobs: no more reaction-time test, and you just identify the color by calling it out.

* Sit through 30-40 minutes of training video that starts at 3pm. They'll cut it short as staff want to get out of there not too long after 4 on a Friday, LOL.

* Pay 505 Baht.

* Get photo taken, then they print the new drivers license which you receive right away.

 

Total time taken: about an hour and a half.

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On 9/1/2017 at 5:26 PM, WinnieTheKhwai said:

 

Extending the 5 year license with another 5 years:

 

* I recommend showing up at 2:45pm on a Friday. 

* Just need old DL, passport and something that confirms your address (Work Permit or othewise)

* Don't need medical cert, don't need photo, a couple copies can be made cheaply right there at the office; the dude at the copier knows what to copy.

* My DL was expired by 2+ months already;  no prob.

* Fill in your name on a form and submit the copies.

* Very quick session to identify red, green and yellow blobs: no more reaction-time test, and you just identify the color by calling it out.

* Sit through 30-40 minutes of training video that starts at 3pm. They'll cut it short as staff want to get out of there not too long after 4 on a Friday, LOL.

* Pay 505 Baht.

* Get photo taken, then they print the new drivers license which you receive right away.

 

Total time taken: about an hour and a half.

Was this at the office on HD road? 

 

Mine is due next month and I may take a run out this Friday to give it a go.

 

David

 

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On 9/1/2017 at 5:26 PM, WinnieTheKhwai said:

 

Extending the 5 year license with another 5 years:

 

* I recommend showing up at 2:45pm on a Friday. 

* Just need old DL, passport and something that confirms your address (Work Permit or othewise)

* Don't need medical cert, don't need photo, a couple copies can be made cheaply right there at the office; the dude at the copier knows what to copy.

* My DL was expired by 2+ months already;  no prob.

* Fill in your name on a form and submit the copies.

* Very quick session to identify red, green and yellow blobs: no more reaction-time test, and you just identify the color by calling it out.

* Sit through 30-40 minutes of training video that starts at 3pm. They'll cut it short as staff want to get out of there not too long after 4 on a Friday, LOL.

* Pay 505 Baht.

* Get photo taken, then they print the new drivers license which you receive right away.

 

Total time taken: about an hour and a half.

My experience was much the same, except that they did want the Medical Certificate. 

For the cost of 100 Baht, I would suggest that a Med. Cer.  always be taken.

 

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16 minutes ago, Dr Donna Robinson said:

In most cases, a medical certificate is always needed for renewing a license. They can be made at MedConsult Clinic in bangkok

You might find Loi Kroh Medical Clinic in Chiang Mai a bit more convenient than one in Bangkok. I've used them before. Quick, easy, and inexpensive.

 

David

 

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13 hours ago, Genericnic said:

You might find Loi Kroh Medical Clinic in Chiang Mai a bit more convenient than one in Bangkok. I've used them before. Quick, easy, and inexpensive.

 

David

 

Got mine at McCormick Hospital. They route you through the Health Check system rather than the Out patients Dept., very quick, 100 Baht...

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To clarify: if you extend a 5 year license with another 5 years you don't need the medical certificate; when extending a 1 year one for your first 5 year license then you do need a medical certificate.  Any small hospital or clinic will do for this, the smaller the better.  (Like, Mor Wong hospital near Sanpakhoi, LOL. )

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Today my Thai wife had to go from a one year car licence to the 5 .Got the medical certificate,which was required,70 b, from Dr Morgan's Clinic just down the road. Dropped her off at 1.30 pm expecting to pick her up 2-3 hours later.Was home in 10 mins and got the call 5 mins later to pick her up.She only had to do the colour blind test,no video,505 baht, out the door.Actually got 6 years as renewal a few days overdue,

 

Afternoons the time to go.Very quick & efficient

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Renewed my 5 year license earlier this year before returning to UK. I was on a tourist visa. They said I could only get a two year renewal which I said was fine. However they gave me five years anyway at the end of the process. When I renewed on a Friday afternoon I was the only Foreigner in the group. Take usual paperwork and smile and hope for the best. 

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Just went by the DL office on Hang Dong Rd this morning and it was closed. I didn't find any sign saying when it would be open again. 

 

Anyone know what hours they are keeping this week? I need to go renew my licenses.

 

Thanks

 

David

 

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