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Getting A Driver Licence In Thailand

The times where you could "buy" a Driver's License for 500,- Baht are over since the ousted Prime Minister Taksin tightened the rules for officials. To get a driver's license today, you will have to go to the Land Transport Office (LTO), usually at the municipal hall and bring the following documents:

  • Your Passport with copies each of the main page and visa page (2 copies each if you want to make a driver's licence for motorbike + car).
  • Bring a Health Certificate from a Thai doctor (costs only a few Baht, easy)
  • Certificate of residence from the Immigration Bureau

At the LTO you have to do the following:

Watch a video about the Thai traffic laws (up to 2 hours) go there early ( 9:00 am)!

After the video, you'll have to do the "written exam" at a computer: 50 Questions for motor bike, 50 for car. You may buy an English book with all the traffic rules before and study.

Now you also have to prove your driving ability on a circuit with traffic signs, crossings and you have to show how to park your car into a parking space. Bring your own car or motor bike along otherwise you can rent one there just for the test.

If you passed everything you may pay the fee of about 200 Baht per licence and they will take a computerized picture of you and issue the licence.

If you failed any of the tests, you may try again the next day. Good Luck!

Renewal of Diriver's Licence

Your first driving licence will be valid for one year. Then you'll have to renew it. With a Non Immigrant Visa is your passport, the renewal will be good for 5 years, with a Tourist Visa only 2 years.

A few tips on how to drive in Thailand:

  • Thailand has left side traffic. You'll learn that quickly but watch out when changing to another road or at night, you easily end up on the wrong side. (If you are not used to left side)
  • Do not calculate with some intelligence from the Thai side. They start driving without looking back or caring about others. They take over at high speed, even when there is oncoming traffic.
  • If you want to turn right or left, look twice! They will overtake you on both sides if necessary.
  • If there is a crash, the foreigner is almost always in charge, sometimes only because he is the only one to have an insurance or simply because he is a foreigner and supposed to have enough money to pay for the debris.
  • In some traffic dense areas (tourist areas) you can witness accidents almost on a daily basis.