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New driver license is valid in ASEAN member countries

BANGKOK, 18 June 2015 (NNT) - The Department of Land Transport (DLT) said a new driving license is being produced that can be used in the ten ASEAN nations.


Drivers with the new license will be able to drive their cars in ASEAN member states, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.

An image of a Thai flag is displayed on the front of the card with a seven-color watermark of the DLT emblem in the background. Next to the flag is a symbol that represents the province in which the card was issued. The card also comes complete with a holographic sticker. The department disclosed that there is a unique characteristic of the licenses that prevents forgery.

The driver’s information will be displayed on the card in both Thai and English with a photo of the driver, the issue and expiry date, and the province of origin.

There will be a magnetic strip at the back that contains information on certain driving restrictions, a picture of a car that has been registered with the department, the driver's home address, and the authorization signature of a DLT official.

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"Drivers with the new license will be able to drive their cars in ASEAN member states, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia."

"drive their cars in ASEAN member states" TV you need to get clarification on this article.

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what does a license have to do with driving ur car in other countries?

My license has all they state and was issued in March plus my passport number ( but not which country the passport is from :-) )

i do wonder why the thai license has the first issue date the license was issued unlike most other countries

a picture of a car that has been registered with the department

there going to take a photo of my car??

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there going to take a photo of my car??

And this ladies and gentleman where the good thoughts end and the stupid starts lol.

So everytime you get a new car you got to get a new license

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I hardly think its fair to say the stupid starts here, surely it started some time ago and just extends.

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I think it is best if you have an international licence. I have one and it is good in any country.

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55555

what does a license have to do with driving ur car in other countries?

My license has all they state and was issued in March plus my passport number ( but not which country the passport is from :-) )

i do wonder why the thai license has the first issue date the license was issued unlike most other countries

a picture of a car that has been registered with the department

there going to take a photo of my car??

I suspect the photo of the car part was just an involuntary brain fart.

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I think it is best if you have an international licence. I have one and it is good in any country.

again, no such thing as an international license its an international permit and ONLY valid with a legal license

Try an rent a car with that permit rather than a country drivers license.

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I think it is best if you have an international licence. I have one and it is good in any country.

Those only last a year, and it is extremely easy to get a Thai license if you have a foreign license. You just have to remember that light green is yellow, and dark green is green.

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I think it is best if you have an international licence. I have one and it is good in any country.

again, no such thing as an international license its an international permit and ONLY valid with a legal license

Try an rent a car with that permit rather than a country drivers license.

Not good in all countries either, just the ones that signed the international agreement that established the IDP. China and Brazil for example did not sign the agreement.

Edit: I missed that part about having a picture of the car on the magnetic strip. It seems this all may be about taking your own car across the borders since they have accepted the driving licenses since 1985. Good deal for all the countries that share land borders.

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Ah great. More Thai officials telling us what they think they can do but does not reflect the reality on the ground.

Vietnam does NOT currently allow Thai cars to enter, nor are there any concrete plans to allow them to enter in the future. What licence you have is irrelevant. The car is what they will restrict from entering. You can show Vietnamese customs a Vietnamese licence but if you show up with a Thai car (if the Lao or Cambodians even allow you to leave their country driving a Thai car) they will REFUSE it's entry. Believe me, I've been in that situation although it was with a Lao car. Normally Lao cars can enter Vietnam but at the time an official decided that only Lao citizens can drive Lao plated cars to Vietnam from that moment onwards. So, unless I could find a Lao citizen, my Vietnamese licence and even my Vietnamese friend who was there with me were both useless.

Myanmar (Burma). There is NO indication that Myanmar will allow Thai cars in, except near the border for limited periods of time as is currently the case, anytime soon. I have asked Burmese customs at the Myawady checkpoint and they said and I quote: "We have not heard anything to suggest Thai cars will be allowed entrance into our country more freely anytime soon."

Cambodia. While you can bring across a Thai car, only some border checkpoints allow it, but no insurance is offered at the border nor are you officially permitted to drive outside of the permitted areas (province you entered). There are no indications as to when an official system will begin, whereby you can just roll up at any border checkpoint and purchase insurance as is currently the case with Laos. While it may happen at some stage in the near future and I always thought it was the Cambodians dragging their feet, actually it's probably the Thais. Just recently Vietnam and Cambodia (along with Laos) have agreed to open their borders to cars registered in each others country and allow free access across any shared border. Previously Vietnamese cars could theoretically enter Cambodia, but the cost was very high and so hardly anyone went, especially away from the border areas. Now the cross-border permit (car passport) is accepted. In the reverse direction, the Cambodians were generally allowed to enter Vietnam but occasionally refused in recent years. Now they should all be permitted without exception.

Other countries like Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines. Well...those countries are all located on islands and while they may all currently allow Thai cars to enter, very few Thai cars would make it to these countries - it's just too far and too much hassle to put your car on a boat as a tourist. So no changes there.

The idea of reciprocity and acceptance of a driver's licence is more about allowing the holder to drive a locally registered car once they get to that country. A Thai licence has little to do with the ability to bring a car across an international border. The rules that govern that are determined by either individual agreements between countries or a wide ranging agreement amongst a member bloc (this has yet to occur in ASEAN and will probably take many years, if ever to occur).

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55555

what does a license have to do with driving ur car in other countries?

My license has all they state and was issued in March plus my passport number ( but not which country the passport is from :-) )

i do wonder why the thai license has the first issue date the license was issued unlike most other countries

a picture of a car that has been registered with the department

there going to take a photo of my car??

Wondered about that too. According to the article it could be anybody's car, like my next door neighbor's.....as long as it's registered?

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