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Driver's License Procedures Chiang Mai

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why bother getting one at all? getting into National Parks cheaper seems the only advantage !

you won't get any insurance coverage without one.

I think that depends on whether you mean insurance for a car you own and drive yourself, or insurance for a car you're renting from a car rental agency.

I don't own my own car. But I've rented from most of the major Thai car rental agencies in recent years. And my rentals have always included their add-on liability and CDW insurance packages, and all were done using my U.S. driver's license, which they accepted without question.

In a Thai court of law without a Thai licence or International drivers permit you would be up poo creek I'm afraid. They will let you drive for sure, but get in a pickle and then you are toast.

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Do you have a driving licence from your home country or international driving licence or are you a learner driver taking your first test?

I have a valid auto driver's license in Virginia, USA.

In that case you might not need to take the car practical test, but if you have no motorcycle endorsement on your US licence then you will for sure need to take the m/bike practical test.

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I just came back from the office. My automobile license is expired, more than 1 year and less than 3 years. You have to start again from the beginning. Medical certificate IS required. You have to do the 4 hour training session again. Go back before 9 AM, and plan to spend most of the day there. I just returned to Thailand on a 3 entry tourist visa, only a 1 year license is available.

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I just came back from the office. My automobile license is expired, more than 1 year and less than 3 years. You have to start again from the beginning. Medical certificate IS required. You have to do the 4 hour training session again. Go back before 9 AM, and plan to spend most of the day there. I just returned to Thailand on a 3 entry tourist visa, only a 1 year license is available.

Too bad; but thank you for the warning. Good to know.

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I went along a few weeks ago to renew my 5 year licence which was expired for 11 months. Arrived at 0900 hours.

The first guy I dealt with said my visa was not good enough (married, 3 month validity) and that I could only get a 1 year licence.

Unhappy at this, I went along the counter and spoke to a lady who said my visa was fine.

So, back to the first guy, who by now had changed his mind. I had to take a colour blindness test by looking at a traffic light he operated, followed by a 1 hour video I had to watch.

After a 20 minute wait I was called forward, relieved of the fee and then a photo and licence issued. No mention of a medical certificate.

All in all it took around 2 hours.

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I just came back from the office. My automobile license is expired, more than 1 year and less than 3 years. You have to start again from the beginning. Medical certificate IS required. You have to do the 4 hour training session again. Go back before 9 AM, and plan to spend most of the day there. I just returned to Thailand on a 3 entry tourist visa, only a 1 year license is available.

I was under the impression that one needed something other than a tourist visa in order to get a driver's license here in Thailand. Is that true or not?

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I was under the impression that one needed something other than a tourist visa in order to get a driver's license here in Thailand. Is that true or not?

No problem obtaining a Thai DL with a tourist visa, but only a one year license.

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The Thai Driving Test, or, What The Hell Was That All About?

Just back from completing the required procedure for a new license. As mentioned in my previous post, my license has expired more than 1 year.

Arrive before 9am with all the required documents. I arrived at 8:45. Go to counter 21 to have to have your documents checked, she will send you down to counter 28 for another check and to get your number. My group was called at about 9:30. Proceed to the physical test area for eye test and reaction time test. It takes about 15 min. for the entire group to finish. On to the classroom. I appear to be the only English speaking foreigner in a room of 50 or so young Thais and a few Burmese. About 1 hour is spent with the instructor covering various topics, of which I understood little. Another hour is spent watching a couple of videos. At no time was anything other than Thai spoken and there are no sub-titles in the videos. At 12pm there is a 1 hour break for lunch. Return at 1pm, pick up an instructional book from counter 21 and return to the classroom. The book is printed in several languages and covers common road signs and rules of the road. The instructor spends 2 hours going over the road signs and rules of the road, again in Thai only. You can take your time and study the book. At 3 pm it's on to the exam room. At this point I was called out of the group and taken back to counter 21. I was informed that I need not take the test and so paid the fee, 205B, had the photo taken and was on my way by 3:10. I asked the lady at 21 what the whole point was and she just replied it was the rules now as my license had expired more than 1 year. If you are a first time applicant you will have to take the test, the content of which I can't comment on. Expect to be done by about 4pm or so. Even if you comprehend Thai well, there is little to be learned as the instruction is very basic and the applicants are all young first time drivers. All that for the privilege of driving on some of the world's most dangerous roads. What a colossal waste of time.

Advice, lesson learned: Do not allow your license to expire for more than 1 year!

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I was under the impression that one needed something other than a tourist visa in order to get a driver's license here in Thailand. Is that true or not?

No problem obtaining a Thai DL with a tourist visa, but only a one year license.

Oh, okay for the 1 year! Thanks.

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Just want to confirm the information in this thread.

5-year license renew for another 5 today.

Went at 12:30. They were still processing the last few people who had watched the movie at 9:00, so those people had been there 3 ½ hours plus. There were 30 of us to watch the video at 1:00.

50 minute video, 30 second color recognition test, 40 minute wait to pay, 10 minute wait for photo to be taken and license created.

To reiterate…documents needed:

Photocopies of old license, Passport (Front page, visa page, entry card/entry stamp page)

Certificate of residency

Actual Passport and drivers license

Application form which I downloaded from here and was accepted.

http://donslifeinthailand.com/files/Application_For_Driving_License_Blank.pdf

Cost 655 baht.

I dropped off the residency certificate paperwork at the immigration office across from Promenada. They gave me a slip stating when to come back at what time (one week, 11:00 AM) Drop off and pick up took 5 minutes each.

Birthday was 2 days ago. New License expires 5 years and 363 days from today.

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ID: 41   Posted (edited)

To add to the confusion: I just returned from DLT asking what I needed to renew my 5 year driving licenses for another 5 years.

This is what they gave me. This was given by the girl at the information desk on the 2d floor. She did say I could use a copy of the medical certificate for the 2d license.

I will go the day after my birthday and see how that works.

I understand different people get this done with different requirements.

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To add to the confusion: I just returned from DLT asking what I needed to renew my 5 year driving licenses for another 5 years.

This is what they gave me. This was given by the girl at the information desk on the 2d floor. She did say I could use a copy of the medical certificate for the 2d license.

I will go the day after my birthday and see how that works.

I understand different people get this done with different requirements.

Curious about the medical certificate requirement as the photo I posted in the OP shows no requirement to have it. I got one just in case but did not present it to her nor was it asked for. Only the 1st, 1 year license does it show as required. There was another poster who showed the same memo as yours but the medical requirement was hand crossed out.

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To add to the confusion: I just returned from DLT asking what I needed to renew my 5 year driving licenses for another 5 years.

This is what they gave me. This was given by the girl at the information desk on the 2d floor. She did say I could use a copy of the medical certificate for the 2d license.

I will go the day after my birthday and see how that works.

I understand different people get this done with different requirements.

Curious about the medical certificate requirement as the photo I posted in the OP shows no requirement to have it. I got one just in case but did not present it to her nor was it asked for. Only the 1st, 1 year license does it show as required. There was another poster who showed the same memo as yours but the medical requirement was hand crossed out.

The medical certificate requirement is always a mystery. Each 5 years I have no idea whether they will ask or not. I always obtain a certificate (it's only at most 100 baht) and advise my friends to have one hand when going to the DLT. Welcome to Thailand biggrin.png

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Also look at number 4. I mentioned that I was going to wait until after my birthday so I would get an extra year (I know it is not exactly a year). The girl told my wife something and my wife said the girl said there is no extra year. A lot gets lost in translations.

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Seems like the rules change from week to week and person to person. When I got my first 5-year licenses (going from the one-year licenses) about 7 weeks ago, they absolutely required me to have a medical certificate (I had to go get one and come back the next day). But the only "test" I had to take was to tell the man the colors of the baby stoplight (I have no clue what the "brake pedal test" (which others have told me they were required to do) is and I didn't have to do that last year either to get my one-year licenses). No depth perception tests either (although that was done this time when I got my medical certificate).

In 5 years and about 10 months, when I have to renew again, it'd be nice to know the rules before I go there.....but I'll worry about that then.

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