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Driver's License Procedures Chiang Mai

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Procedures here are never cut and dry for more than a month are they?

I read all these posts looking for an answer to a common query.

It seems you can only get a 5yr renewal if you have a visa OTHER THAN a tourist visa.

For those with TV renewals are annually (but now appears could be 2yr)

For another 1yr temp ensure you get there before current one expires.

Need same documents again medic certif and COR and copies of your passport....is it nrcrssary to copy your current plastic licence or do they retain it?

Did the colour test and driving test and multi choice question test last year. Do you have to go through all that again.?

Can you renew the licrnces a month in advance like to avoid songran holidays etc. i bet its heaving this week!

Dont want to go early morning and join the other 300 if early afternoon will suffice but i remember the classroom tests are at 1 and 4pm ......have to do again?

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ID: 77   Posted (edited)

Try looking here....usually #1 source for info

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Procedures here are never cut and dry for more than a month are they?

I read all these posts looking for an answer to a common query.

It seems you can only get a 5yr renewal if you have a visa OTHER THAN a tourist visa.

For those with TV renewals are annually (but now appears could be 2yr)

For another 1yr temp ensure you get there before current one expires.

Need same documents again medic certif and COR and copies of your passport....is it nrcrssary to copy your current plastic licence or do they retain it?

Did the colour test and driving test and multi choice question test last year. Do you have to go through all that again.?

Can you renew the licrnces a month in advance like to avoid songran holidays etc. i bet its heaving this week!

Dont want to go early morning and join the other 300 if early afternoon will suffice but i remember the classroom tests are at 1 and 4pm ......have to do again?

Went and got my 5 year licence yesterday, before the 1 year one expired (I'm on a retirement extension to a Non-Imm O visa)

Photocopying - I don't see any problem in doing a few copies....I always keep some in case they are needed for whatever.

Medical certificate....Klaimor hospital, 5 minutes and 150 baht. Easy.

CofR....500 baht again....now only free if you wait one month, but no hassle if you prepare paperwork properly.

Went to DLT...no colour test, or any test at all apart from my patience.... arrived at 13:00, given number 307...they were currently on 135!

Finally called to the desk at 16:05, and was out of the place by 16:30. Easy, but oh so boring.

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The procedure slightly different when renewing your 1 year temporary for another temporary. I went 5 days before mine expired and they told me to come back today, the day it expires. did not want that as it was bedlam today after their 5 day shutdown.

As you say it was a patience game. the farangs including myself were fidgiting, up and down like yoyos,blowing and tutting..........the Thais resilient as ever, expresssionless, like normal for them.

I waited 3.5hrs to get to pay and then another 1hr waiting for the photograpghs. no Etests, no driving tests, no videos great!

The good thing is they now give me 2yrs from todays date for car and bike so thats cut down on the pain for a start.

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Going from the 1-year temporary to one's first 5-year license (which I did a couple of weeks ago), one needs a medical certificate in addition to the items Tywais pointed out. I only received one cue number (I got #76 and they were currently on #46) and, after about 45 minutes, my number was up and I went to the window, the guy checked my paperwork

Thanks for that as I was hopping some one would come along with experience of the 1 to 5 year conversion. Also hope to get someone with recent experience in obtaining their 1st 1-year temporary license.

Also, if you note the next to bottom photo showing procedures it matches up exactly with your experience for 1 to 5 year. No physical nor training video.

Good evening. Im hoping for someone who may be able to advise me on my recent experience of trying to obtain my 1st 1year license from the DLT next to Regents school in Pattaya?

I went yesterday morning with more documents than I think I needed but felt better to be safe than sorry . . . I had my residence cert, photos, UK driving license, copies of front and back of driving license (card) copy of paper part of license, copies of passport (photo page, entry and exit from/to Thailand stamps in passport, copy of visas old/new in passport) Passport itself, everything, I even had a Thai friend with me in case anything got lost in translation!

Anyway I got to the desk and handed over everything I had, but was told I have to go to my embassy in BKK and get the UK license verified?? So, now I need to go there and do this. Has anyone else had this problem and if you can offer any further information that may be relevent, that would be good

thanks

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you would think to changing your passport number on your 5 year drivers licence should be easily done ...... nah :(

in june last year i renewed my 5 year licences for the second time !

about a month ago i got a new passport in bangkok

i told my condo and all my banks ais d tac etc the new passport number and it was stamp stamp stamp copy copy copy sign sign sign etc without many problems :)

now as i use my drivers licence as id almost everywhere banks police airport etc both my drivers licences have now got the wrong number on them so off i went to the driving licence centre in hang dong road this morning

i saw the ladies at reception , explained the problem and they said go to counter 21..... i explained the problem again there and the lady said ok go and sit over there

5 minits later mr david was called and i very calmly explained the problem to another lady

she listend and said just use them untill april 2020 when they run out :)

cannot i said ... if a bank sees a different number to whats on their records it will be no no you cant take money from this account :(

and the police and everyone else will be the same so i have to get my new passport number printed on new licences !

ahh ok she said with a smile

you have to get a new residecy cirtificate from the office near promenada

a copy of your lease , a copy of you hotel manages id card front back and signd blah blah blah etc

you couldnt make it up : (

the lady who types the card details , takes the photo and prints it is 15 feet in front of me but i have to do all this to get my new passport number on my drivers licences

i half expected this and ill jump through the hoops as i dont want problems with thai officals banks immigration hospitals etc or the next five years but it would have been much easier if she had said

sit down , passport details , look at camera , print and pay over there ;)

dave2 .... going out for a beer later : )

ps ... when i got home i asked the reception girl to do me a ..

i live here letter

needed for the residency cirtificate and what she produced and bought to my room is still making me laugh .... thais ... dont you just love them :)

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I renewed my 5 year licence 2 days ago, got there for 12:45 and got my licence at approx 15:30.. I got just under 6 years, my licence had just expired by 2 days. clap2.gif

I didn't provide a medical report, just copies of passport, visa page, house papers and completed licence application form... Video 1 hour, no reaction or brake test, only color blind test.

The fee for the licence was 650 baht, but you only get a receipt for 550 baht whistling.gif The other 100 baht is given to the people taking the photo and issuing the licence ermm.gif Whoever is pocketing the 100 baht is making a fortune everyday as the office was packed with hundreds of people, kerching....

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Today it took 2 hours or so, from just before 9:30 AM to change my one year licence to my first 5 year. 605 Baht and the only test was the traffic light colour test. No video, no rules test. Staff were quite pleasant and there was enough time to have a quick breakfast at the food stalls out back.

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To get a motorcycle licence (no motorcycle endorsement on home country license) does one need to actually bring a bike to the Hang Dong facility for practical test?

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To get a motorcycle licence (no motorcycle endorsement on home country license) does one need to actually bring a bike to the Hang Dong facility for practical test?

yep.

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I got 2 year thai DL using tourist visa in april at chiangmai .

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Have min. tourist visa + sit in class one day + medical certificate + pass theory and driving exam.

With international driving permit + license from your home country you can also get Thai license.

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Have min. tourist visa + sit in class one day + medical certificate + pass theory and driving exam.

With international driving permit + license from your home country you can also get Thai license.

Unless things have changed recently if you bring your home driving licence this exempts you from sitting in any class or driving a car.

So if you want bike and car licences just bring your bike.

You need a medical certif 60bt and that painful letter of residency and photocopies of passport etc.

At the centre you will do an eye test as you hand in your paperwork. Then you have to do the computer test easy peasy if you drive in a civilised country then you need tp do the bike driving test...thats another joke which is a serious pre requisite to getting your photo done.

Its the longest day of your life thr first time but hey when those bibs see you pull those plastic cards out thr biggest smile will be on your face not theirs.

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Hello all just got back to Chiang Mai after a three month work session back home

While I was gone both my 1 year driver's license and my bike registration have expired. I was hoping for an updated list of what is needed to renew them all, presently my old info is from Chon Buri

1. Can I do both the drivers license renewal and the registration of the bike at the same place and where do I go to get it done

2. Do I need a certificate of resident for a renewal - at immigration office? Do I need to go in early?

3. Do I need a doc certificate?

Anyone do it all recently and can help me out.. I read some posts on here but they seem to be a mixed back of different procedures.

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ID: 91   Posted (edited)

Greetings. I live and work in Malaysia and am a frequent visitor to Chiang Mai. On this trip I arrived on a 60 day tourist visa. After supplying the necessary paperwork, and providing my Malaysian driver's license (car and motorcycle), I was issued 2 year temporary licenses for both auto and motorcycle. The only test was a color test. I drew my number at 9:30 and left at 11:30.

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A ques, i just got a 1year temp. motorbike licence, have house in sankhaemphang, wife thai, but still reside aus, I used my tourist visa with a letter from imigration, what happens in a years time ,can I apply for 5 year licence same as someone with resident visa, or am i stuck on yearly basis?

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A ques, i just got a 1year temp. motorbike licence, have house in sankhaemphang, wife thai, but still reside aus, I used my tourist visa with a letter from imigration, what happens in a years time ,can I apply for 5 year licence same as someone with resident visa, or am i stuck on yearly basis?

on a tourist visa /exempt stamp they only issue temporary licences, though it appears the renewal of a temporary now scores you a 2 year temporary rather than a 1year.

At renewal time, to get a 5 year, you'll need a non-imm visa.

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Thankyou, Do I need to apply to immigration for letter before apply licence renewal regards S.S.coffee1.gif

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Yes unfortunately you do , I guess you mean Cert. of Residency - please let us know if they try extort you for 500B ... ?

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As noted earlier, I entered on a 60 day tourist visa. I did have a letter of residency. This was not a renewal but a first-time application, which yielded a 2 year temporary. My cost was, as I recall, ฿ 360 for two licences (auto and motorcycle).

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ID: 97   Posted (edited)

I think it's very logical you get temporary license with tourists visa and you need residency permit to renew your license to 5 yr.

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As noted earlier, I entered on a 60 day tourist visa. I did have a letter of residency. This was not a renewal but a first-time application, which yielded a 2 year temporary. My cost was, as I recall, ฿ 360 for two licences (auto and motorcycle).

you also noted earlier you showed your Malaysian licences which are recognised in all ASEAN countries, I suspect it may have not been considered a first-time application... If you held a valid Malaysian licence, you probably didn't need to apply for a Thai one.

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To get a motorcycle licence (no motorcycle endorsement on home country license) does one need to actually bring a bike to the Hang Dong facility for practical test?

There's allways a big group, If you ask someone who has just finished, easier with a 100 baht tip,i'm sure someone will lend bike, that's what i did.

regards S.S.

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