Driving License in Thailand
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DRIVING A CAR OR A MOTORCYCLE IN THAILAND.
Like many other countries, a driver’s license is required before someone can drive on any road in Thailand. A Thai driver’s license is issued by the Department of Land Transport – Ministry of Transport and can be used throughout the Kingdom of Thailand and other ASIAN states. The minimum age to drive a motor vehicle is 18 years old and 15 years old for a motorcycle.
Unlike most countries, there is no provisional or learner’s license in Thailand. Drivers who wish to obtain a driver’s license have to either learn through driving school or at their own risk for not having a driving license. Driver’s license candidates should set aside two full days for training and testing at the Department of Transport Office. In Hua Hin and Cha Am some private instructors may offer driving lessons including license registration and car rental for approximately THB 5000, all in. Law offices are usually informed about these instructors an can help you.
Once you have been in Thailand for a period extending 3 months, you will need an Thai driving license, even though international drivers licenses are legally accepted. Several insurance companies have a fine print stating that the driver should hold a valid Thai driving license to be fully covered. Besides that: You’ll offer the local law enforcement great opportunities by continuing to drive with an international license. On the positive site: a domestic Thai drivers license can, sometimes, be used to avoid paying the typical “farang prices”. A Thai driver’s license is then accepted as sort of proof that the holder is not a tourist. Having a Thai drivers license may sometimes also make the police slightly more lenient towards the fact that expats cannot carry their passport at all times.
Being of sound mind and good health (not having physical or mental handicap(s) that will prevent them from operating a vehicle safely) – being at least 18 years of age The applicant must hold a valid Non- Immigrant Visa (tourists can not apply).
What you will need when applying for your Thai drivers license: If you can not read and / nor understand the Thai language, you are allowed to bring an interpreter to fill the forms and translate the possible instruction class and tests.
Valid Passport with Valid Non-immigrant Visa – Signed copies of the passport’s first page, the page with the current non-immigrant visa, the page with the last entry stamp and the TM-card.
A certified letter of address from the Immigration Bureau (document can not be older than 30 days).
Tip : If you are working in Thailand: the blue workbook, better known as your work permit, can replace either of these documents and serve as address verification!
A doctor’s certificate stating that the applicant is in good health, both physically and mentally (standard forms are available from most clinics and should not be more than 30 days old)
2 photos, 1 x 1 inch and not older than 6 months (photo service is available on the premises)
Valid international driver’s license plus signed photocopy or translated regular driving license from the applicant’s home country, certified by Embassy or consulate. (if available).
Note that 1 set of these documents is required per license applications.However, when applying for both a car and a motorcycle license, an extra copy of the doctor’s certificate and the letter of address will suffice for the second application.
After another administrative action they will direct you towards the test area on the 3rd floor, where you will need to pass 3 tests:
Colour Blindness Test: One of the officials will point to color dots on a poster and you should responds by stating the dot’s color. Answers in Thai are preferred but generally English words are understood as well.
Reflex Test: Be seated behind an alternative gas and brake pedal and push the accelerator until the green led’s start to light up. Hit the brake pedal before the led’s reach the red zone. You will have to repeat this test twice.
Depth Perception Test: Use forward and back buttons to align a moving pin with a fixed one, in a small box at app. 10 meters distance. Initially it looks more confusing than it actually is.
If you have passed all of these tests, your documents will be signed and handed back to you, at this point. Handover your documents and your passport and / or work permit, if that was used for address verification.