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Just returned from the Hang Dong Road driver's license office with brand new 6-year car and motorcycle licenses. Easy as anything. Showed up with the proper paperwork (Cert of residence, medical cert. passport, old expired licenses) at about 1:30 p.m. Because I got there after it had started, I missed about 20 minutes of the very educational video - LOL. Took my number to wait to pay. I was number 417 and they were serving number 302. The numbers changed slowly until about 4:15 when they really started to roll. Mine came up. Paid my money and was out by 4:30 with 2 brand new licenses. Since my licenses had expired last Sunday (22 Oct), the 5 years doesn't start until my birthday next year. :) 

 

All in all a very easy and pleasant experience.

 

David

 

 

 

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Just a few questions.

 

1. For a scooter license, I just do a test, no need to drive around some cones.... read some post, no one mentioned it, just making sure.

 

2. The google map link in the sticky is broke, and I'm seeing 2 possible locations when I search, is it the Land Transport Office or Land Transport Department?

 

3. Other than medical checkup and residency form, what else do I need. Links are broken on the sticky.

 

Cheers

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Just a few questions.
 
1. For a scooter license, I just do a test, no need to drive around some cones.... read some post, no one mentioned it, just making sure.
 
2. The google map link in the sticky is broke, and I'm seeing 2 possible locations when I search, is it the Land Transport Office or Land Transport Department?
 
3. Other than medical checkup and residency form, what else do I need. Links are broken on the sticky.
 
Cheers
I just renewed my 2 year scooter and auto licenses. As I was in a visa-on-arrival I had to sit through a video. As with my first application I did not take a driving test. I believe that elsewhere in this thread it's mentioned that you will need a valid and current license to avoid the driving test.

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Back from the "smoke" on Tuesday night 10-00 pm....Etihad/Bankok Airways...wife picked me up and back to bann.

Wednesday morning downloaded Res.Immi. Form for DL...filled in and headed to the Prom ...Room 7 nice Guy ...Ha Roi Bt..x 5 minutes...come back tomorrow at 1-00pm.

Thursday Picked up at 12-59...2 minutes...kop khun gao......beeline to Driving Centre...

Arrived after 1-30...quick...green light..amber light..Fai Deng...good into video room missed 30 minutes but Mai Pen etc...

2-30...PM new 5 Year Driving License...510 Bt...sip Bt for wallet......

3-00PM ...Jens Coffee Shop in Makro...

..Back in Town.....Nice day...what..

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Just a quick recap on my driving licence that I renewed today.

 

Arrived at 1pm today (Wednesday), all done by 2:45pm.  No line-ups. No hassles. Renewed my 5-year licence for another 5-year period (plus 1 year bonus as it had expired a few days earlier, so my licence now valid for 6 years, until Feb 2024). Most of the time was spent watching the educational video. Only had to do a ten-second color test.  A medical certificate was not requested, since I already had a 5-year licence.

 

The office is closed tomorrow (March 1, 2018) due to a government holiday (Makha Bucha day).

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My temp 2 yr car licence expires soon & I wish to then apply for a 5 yr licence. Is it possible to let the 2 yr one expire & then apply for 5 yr licence a couple of days later so I actually end up with a 6 yr licence? Or does that move only apply/succeed when renewing an existing 5 yr licence?

 

Thanks in anticipation pf words of wisdom.

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5 hours ago, Pesky said:

My temp 2 yr car licence expires soon & I wish to then apply for a 5 yr licence. Is it possible to let the 2 yr one expire & then apply for 5 yr licence a couple of days later so I actually end up with a 6 yr licence? Or does that move only apply/succeed when renewing an existing 5 yr licence?

 

Thanks in anticipation pf words of wisdom.

 

Yes, you can apply after your 2-year temporary license expires (I'm not sure of the time limit but some have said up to a year afterwards).  Your new 5-year license will run 5 years from your next birthday (so, yes, if your 2-year license in fact expires on your birthday, then you can get almost 6 years).  

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Last week I went to the Land Transport office to get me an International Drivers license (IDL) so I can rent a car in Italy next month.  A valid Thai DL is not itself sufficient- I needed to provide copies of all my passport data and non-immigrant visa and obtain from the US Consulate a residency affidavit ($50). So I returned with all the paperwork Wed, they processed the paperwork, and gave me a form to sign. I noticed the IDL form referenced my previous passport no. and asked them to correct it.  Oh, that’s another 55B to update your passport info and you need to go pay for copies of your passport data (never mind they had all that passport copies already).  OK. I go get the copies, pay the money.  They give me a new IDL form to sight w/the correct passport BUT wait- first you (me) need to get a new Thai DL to replace the current one since your passport no. is now changed in our system. I say I don’t want a new Thai DL as it expires in 6 months and I’ll get the new one then. Oh no; no new Thai DL, no IDL.....OK. I go process for a new Thai DL, and return to the desk to get my IDL. No can do..They tell me to come back Friday to pick it up since Thursday is a holiday.

So I went back to the Land Transport office for the third time in a little over a week today and finally got my IDL. See you in 6 months when it’s time to renew my Thai DL. 

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I am 82 and renewed my Thai driver’s license  on 26 March 2018 (a Tuesday) at Chiangmai Land Transport office and went through the following procedure: arrived at the 2nd floor reception desk at 10:30 a.m. with my passport, residency certificate (free but requires a 2-week wait) from the Immigration office at Promenada, a medical certificate (costing Baht 200) from a government hospital as it is cheaper, my old driver’s license, and a photo copy of my passport photo page and visa page). I was given cue #236 and told to report to counter 27 to hand over my documents and passport, and there was given an eye test to identify red, green and yellow disks on a chart.  There was no reaction test or depth perception test although the equipment was there. I was then sent to Room 3 to watch an hour-long movie (in English) on safe driving, and then it was back to the seating area to wait about two hours for my cue #236 to be called at which I paid Baht 555 for the license. I then took another cue # to have my photo taken and license processed, which took about 20-30 minutes. All in all not a bad experience.

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On 13/01/2018 at 8:17 PM, MaxKrap94 said:

Hi guys,

I just did my license yesterday and wanted to give you guys an updated version, just incase any one was looking for this. This is as of january 12th 2018. 

As I’ve been stopped by the police two times already and had to pay fines, I thought I’ll just find it out myself.
Good news - You can get a drivers license for a car or motorbike on a tourist visa.

As of Jan. 12th 2018

 

What do you need:

 

1) Residency certificate.

- 2 passport photos

- copy of passport (first page, immigration card, latest entry stamp, visa page)

- letter of your landlord stating where you stay, or  rental contract, or yellow book

- residency certificate application (I’ll be so free to post a link to chiang mai buddy here, if that’s not okay, please let me know:  https://chiangmaibuddy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Thai-Residency-Certificate-Form.pdf)
- 500 Baht

 

2) Health certificate.

- 40 - 100 Baht and 15 minutes

Later on you will also need another copy of all the above mentioned passport pages for the arartment of land transport, to apply for your drivers license. You need one set of each of these for each drivers license. So if you want to make the motorcycle and the car license you need:

- 2 residency certificates
- 2 health certificates

(copies as the second document are totally fine)

 

And a total of:

- 2 passport photos

- 3 copys of each of the above mentioned passport pages

- letter of your landlord stating where you are, or rental contract, or yellow book
- residency certificate application

 

If you only need one license you need:

 

- 1 residency certificate

- 1 health certificate

 

And a total of:

 

- 2 passport photos
- 2 copys of each of the above mentioned passport pages

- letter of your landlord stating where you are, or rental contract, or yellow book
- residency certificate application

 

1)  To get the residency certificate, go to the promenada mall. That’s where the immigration office for chiang mai is located, they prolong your visa and also there is the guy who gives out the residency certificate.

There is a copy shop where you can make copies, and left of it is an office with milky glass doors, labeled office number 7, that’s where you have to go to get the certificate.
Just give the man everything he needs, also the 500 Baht and come back the next day, from 1pm on.
First thing done.
Btw, I think it doesn’t matter if your passport says you can  only stay 20 more days or 2 months, I got mine when I could only stay 20 more days.

 

2) Now you need to get a health certificate, I went to a small clinic near Ratchapat university in santhitham. Don’t be fooled like me, when you hear the word clinic, it is basically just a room with a guy sitting behind the desk. Just say drivers license, and he’ll know what’s up. Give him your passport, wait until he put your name and everything on a paper, put a stamp on it and them hand him 40 baht. That’s it. The building has green letters on a white sign at the ceiling in front of it, here’s a map for that: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=18.805291&lon=98.986339&z=19&m=b It’s the small square labeled clinic.

 

3) Go to the department of Land Transport on the way to hang dong. After passing the airport on your way to hang dong and big c, you will see a blue sign with a helmet to your left, that’s where you enter.
The acquisition of the drivers license takes 2 days.
The first day I was there at about 7:30 am. I was greeted by a man who gave me a paper. You have to write down you phone number there and make a cross if you want to make a new license, just kindly ask the guy which one is for a new license and he will tell you. On the internet there is often still the old application form, but you don’t need it. At about 8 am we where allowed to go upstairs and hand a guy at counter 27 our passport and copies and the application, you’ll get a number in return.
Now go to room number 1, he’ll probably tell you so anyway, and just sit here until 10 with the other students and demonstrate that you can tell which color is red, green and yellow.
After that you go to a test where you sit in a chair and have 2 pedals on the floor in front of you , one is the gas pedal the other one the brake pedal and in front of you is a “traffic light”.
Rest your right foot on the gas pedal as long as the light is green, and as soon as it turns red press the brake button. The time you have to press the brake is generous, so no worries.

 

After that you will have 2 hours of thai driving lecture with English subtitle. Nothing too fancy, I slept most of that time.
From 12pm to 1pm you have a break, I went to big C to get some food, it’s left around the corner.

And then again from 1pm to 4pm you have another film and also the teacher then handed out some books to learn about the different thai signs.

 

And that’s it, training day is over! I would recommend learning some of the questions online. They are pretty easy and if you use common sense and just make the test on this website http://thaidriving.info twice or three times, you will most surely pass.

 

Now the next day you arrive at 10am at the Deparment of Land Transport and make the e-exam, the theory test. You’ll go to room number four, and then the numbers will be called which you had on your little card from yesterday, which you got in turn for your documents - remember? So try to remember that number.
The whole process is pretty straight forward. You’ll get an electronic card, put it into the computer, finish the test, pull out the card - DONE. You’ll be handed back your documents from the beginning + a stamp and a signature saying that you passed.

After that you’ll leave the building and head to the right hand side. You’ll most likely see the track for the motorbike practical test, and also another small building. Go in there, hand them your documents, sign your name in that paper and do something in your spare time, because the test starts at 1pm.

 

It’s easy. First off, do not take the helmet off ever. With ever I mean, not until you got your papers back in your hand and passed.
Second, if you stop, put both your legs on the ground.

 

The test is pretty easy: You drive until the blue arrow, where you turn right. Then at the stop sign you stop, count till 3 and turn left over the “hill”. Turn left at the end of the street, follow the road and drive zig-zag through the cones. At the next line stop again. Now that’s the part I feared the most, because I read so much about it, but actually it’s super easy. Driving over a stone ledge. It’s about 30cm in width and 15m long, easy doing just go over it in a normal speed. Finally stop at the arrow, count till 3 and you’re done - YEY!!
Collect your stuff from the guy - still wearing your helmet - and go back to the main building.

 

Here you go up again, to the info counter this time. Show the woman your documents and she will hand you a number. Wait until that number is called for, go to the counter which it says on the screen next to your number and pay 105 Baht.
Next up go to take a photo behind the guys at the counter, the entrance is in between the two long counters.

Take the photo, pay 10 Baht for a cover for your license if you want it and you are finally DONE! :)

Now you have a temporary license for 2 years.

 

All in all it cost:

 

105 Baht for the license
10 Baht for the cover

40 Baht for the Health certificate

500 Baht for the residency certificate

That’s 655 Baht, for a motorbike license.

I hope that’s easy to understand and you guys can follow it and it takes away some of the confusion. Happy new year everyone! :))

You do not have to pay for a residence certificate, it is FREE ---BUT you must wait 14 days to get it.  Only pay if you need 24 hour service.  At present you do NOT NEED a medical certificate for renewals [this may change soon].

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Do you need passport photos for the driver's license as well or just for the residency certificate? If you do, may I ask is it also 2x2?

 

thanks

  Matt

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