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It was just a few years ago when it was possible to purchase a driving licence without passing any test
whatsoever and a lot of the licensed drivers from that period have failed to gain sufficient experience to
drive safely and are still out there...

















To download "Residency Certificate Form for Immigration Dept"   Click Here
To download "Residency Certificate Form for US Consulate   Click Here
To download Application for Driving License Form in Thai and English (Updated June
2016)
    Click Here     (This is for Chiang Mai - Don't know if same form is used in other
Provinces)
To download "Foreign National Information Form"   
Click Here   
To view Written test, covering safety matters on road use,  in English or Thai  CLICK HERE
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If you are just learning to drive  CLICK HERE  for additional information as Thailand has no
learning permit
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Step #1 - Residency Certificate "Requirements"
(Residency Certificate is now good for 30 Days - Updated Sept 26, 2016)  

A residence certificate is a document made by immigration to certify where a foreigner lives. That document
can be used for many things: getting a Thai driver's license buying a car, getting a bank account. Any place
that will request a proof of where you live. Embassies can also require that document to show that you live in
Thailand.  

Resident Certificates can be obtained from:
    Immigration  (Free)  Promenada 2nd Floor
    G4T   (500 Baht)  Promenada 2nd Floor
    Embassy or Consulate
 (1800 Baht and above) depending on your Embassy.
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GPS coordinates to
Promenada are
18.764873, 99.037885
Tel: 053-277156, 053-278570,
053-140-405

Immigration (Promenada) has opened an additional office on the 2nd floor of Promenada (around the
corner from G4T) to handle Resident Certificate.  For a Map and Directions to the office, provided by
CCCC Classified, paste this link into your address bar.
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?ll=18.76686%2C99.
0373&t=k&hl=en&z=18&mid=1f2M3V9dd6dwcdfj1iv1pqVEr-9E

They also handle the following:
Resident Certificate
Register a Business
Change your Visa type
Visa for Handicap persons

Office hours for Resident Certificate - 9:00am to 11:00am
Cost - FREE
Time - 2 weeks
How long - Good for 30 days
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To download Residency Certificate for the US Consulate    CLICK HERE    (PDF format).  Must be
Notarized by the Consulate.

Residency Certificate  from the Immigration Office.  To Download Form (Sept 26, 2016)
Click on Logo    
 PDF                Word   

Note:  The form displayed in "PDF" is slightly different from the one displayed in "Word"

Attached to this form the following (You need 2 complete sets of documents):

1.  Two (2) Color Photo's 1.5 in x 2.36 in  (4 cm x 6 cm)
2.  Copy of Passport  (1st Page; VISA Page;  TM6).  Bring your original Passport also.
3.  Proof of Residence (Rental Contract or Yellow Residency Book or Letter from your Landlord
4.  Foreign National Information Form (with passport size Photo)
5.  NEW REQUIREMENT - You now need a receipt for the TM 30 (Notice of address change).  You can
    obtain this from your landlord.  Apparently when the landlord goes online to file the TM 30,
    Immigration sends them an email receipt.  

If the landlord does not have the receipt, for the TM 30, you need to go to the Royal Thai Police (behind
Airport Immigration) and have them check their computer.  If they have a TM 30 on file they will print out a
receipt for you.  If they do not have a receipt on file, you need to have your landlord file another TM 30.

NOTE:  Photocopies  of  the  Medical  Certificate  and  Immigration Residence Letter may be used for one
of the two applications if you are applying for a car & motorcycle license at the same time.
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Driver's License "Directions To Traffic Department"

* Hang Dong Road (about 3 KM south of Airport Plaza – Left side of the road (East) past Tesco Lotus
* Located just before Big C, before the intersection of the first ring-road.  Look for a long white fence
with purple iron.  The building is a large white 2 story building with orchard color trim (See Pictures at
Left)

Hours are Monday to Friday (8:30AM to 4:30 PM).  Their phone number  
253-270410
If you get lost, have your driver call them for directions.
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Step #2 - 1st  License (Temporary License) Chiang Mai
For a list of local offices in Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket: CLICK HERE

***  As of March 2015 the first License is now issued to 2 years.
***  
April 2016 - more changes to requirements.  For Details   Click Here     

You must apply in the Provence in which you live in

As of October 14, 2014, all first-time applicants, both Thai and foreign, must now
achieve 90 percent correct answers in a touch screen written test of 50 questions,
chosen at random from a data bank of 1,000 questions. The test covers safety matters
on road use and is available in English or Thai.

To see Test questions with answers:
E Exam 1
E Exam 2
E Exam 3

The correct answer is in bold (don’t mind the arrow, it’s probably the answers given by a
candidate)  

With Resident Certificate in hand you now go to the Traffic Department Building

Ask for the "Application for a Thai Driver's License".  To Download Application - CLICK HERE.   

This form is in Thai and English  Previously, foreigners unable to speak Thai had to bring a Thai
friend to accompany them to provide interpretation.  This is no longer necessary.  They have many
English speaking employees who will help you to fill out the form.
 

Documents needed for a Foreigner:

1.  Application for Driving License

2.  Copy of  Passport and non-immigrant visa (original and photocopy)

3.  Copy of Thai Work Permit (If you have one)

4.  Proof of address – Residency Certificate

5.  Medical certificate

6.  Valid License or International License

7.  Foreign National Information Form with Photo

Details Below

1.  Application for Driving License (download from link above)

2.  A copy of your Passport  (Face page; VISA page; current TM6 card; latest entry stamp page);
NOTE:;Bring your original Passport also.

3.  Photocopy of a Valid Thai Work Permit - required only if you have one

4.  Proof of Address provided by the Immigration Bureau (Resident Certificate) or foreign embassy or
provided

5.  Medical Certificate (Letter of Fit To Drive) - which you can obtain effortlessly from any doctor or
hospital.  Must be less than  30 days old. Usually around 100 to 200 Baht.

6.  A valid drivers license, and/or International Drivers License from your own country (if you have one),
which should be translated into English from your embassy if it is issued in any other language. One
signed copy of all pages. If you do not have a license, you must take the training course (2 hrs at
0900-1100am or 1300 -1500pm); written test (1100am or 1500pm) and driving test. A current
International license means you do not need to take a written or driving skills test. A foreign license
only, usually results in tests. Also, the license must show the class of license you have.

7. Photos - Photo's are no longer required. They will take a digital photo for the new style card.

8.  Foreign National Information Form with Passport size Photo

As part of the whole application procedure all applicants must pass:  

1.  A short eyesight test (color perception, peripheral vision, depth perception)
2.  Reflex examination
3.  Take a computer based test (in Thai & English language only) on the rules of driving

A fee of 205 Baht (for a car) or 155 Baht (for a motorbike)

A complete set of above papers are needed for each license application (motorcycle & Car). The second
immigration and medical certificate can be copies if both applications are made at the same time.

NOTE: I received this email from an Expat near Pattaya. Class mean what type of License you have (Car or
Motorcycle). Not sure if all Traffic Departments have this rule.  I live near Pattaya and went for my Thai Drivers
Lic ( Have USA Lic, Va ). Please make note that if Lic has no class printed on it , they will not except it and you
will have to go through the whole process: Video, driving test, written test, etc. Real bummer !

A complete set of above papers are needed for each license application (motorcycle & car).  The second
immigration and medical certificate can be copies if both applications are made at the same time.

With this in hand you go directly to "
Window 21"  on the second floor of the Traffic Department Building.

When you are finished at "Window 21" you will be sent to "Window 27" for the reflex and color test.

After these test, go to the "Information Counter", by the stairs.  You will be given a number.  Sit down and
wait for your number to be called.  There were 41 people ahead of me.  I waited for 1 hour 10 minutes to be
called.  Handed them my paperwork and paid 205 Baht.

No, you're not finished yet, but almost.  Go back to "Window 27" to take your picture.  Go inside, pick a
number, and have a seat.  There were 10 people in front of me.   After 15 minutes I was called for my
picture.  After they take your picture, wait a few minutes, and they hand you your new license.  Now You're
Finished.

The 1st license is a temporary licence issued for 2 years (
Green color), after 2 years, a renewal is available
for 5 years (
PinK color).  You can extend it 60 days prior to the expiration date.  If you are a Tourist with a
Thai Driving License, you can only get a 2 year renewal.

After expiration, you have 1 year in which to renew it (of course you can't legally drive until you renew it).  
If you haven't renewed it after 1 year, you have to start all over again.

Note!

By law you are expected to carry a Thai drivers’ license when driving on public roads and foreigner
drivers’ license should, in theory, only be used for the first 60 days of your stay in Thailand.   Drivers are
seldom penalised for this, but having a Thai license is handy and avoids ‘situations’ that might cost you a
‘spot fine’

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Taking a Driving Test for a Thai License (If needed)

To see Test questions with answers
E Exam 1
E Exam 2
E Exam 3

The correct answer is in bold (don’t mind the arrow, it’s probably the answers given by a
candidate)     
  

Since I have an International Driver's License I did not have to take these test, so I do not have first hand
knowledge of these procedures.  This information is from the website of
One-Stop ChiangMai

It’s equally easy to obtain a Thai drivers’ license, either for car or motorbike. Since the same
documentation is needed you should consider ‘killing two birds with one stone’, taking the motorbike test
if your current licence is only valid for cars.

NOTE:  As of June 1, 2014, First you will be given a brief vision test. The theory test is a simple 50
(previously 30 questions) question multiple choice test that is offered twice a day at 11.00 and 15.00. The
results are issued within 20 minutes and if you have passed (90% and above, previously 75%) you can
immediately arrange a test.

If you have forgotten your ‘highway code’ we recommend you download a copy of the UK Highway Code
which is very similar. However you also have the benefit of attending a 30 minute video (in English)
between 09.00 and 11.00 or 13.00 and 15.00. Since English viewers have the advantage of a private video
on computers, they can show up late. Tip! Take along a notepad to note down some of the critical
distances and limits mentioned in the video so you can quickly ‘cram’ them before the test.

Now for the astonishing part. To test your worthiness to drive among traffic, you will be asked to
complete a simple ‘obstacle’ test in/on your own vehicle. This occurs in their compound and is more of a
test to see if you can operate your vehicle, with a short test that’s usually over in a few minutes and tests
your ability to reverse park, turn etc.

Having passed this you will then be sent back to the main building and receive your License after a short
wait. Usually the testing officers are quite fair.

NOTE:  See below for email from Stefan on what he went through to get license in Chiang Mai
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5 Year Thai Driver's License

Note:  Foreigners can only get a 5 year Thai driving license if they have a non-
immigrant visa. Those on tourist visas can only get another temporary 1-year
Thai driving license.

Updated October 2014 (I obtained a 5 year license)

One of the best things you can do for yourself if you live in Thailand is get the full 5 year Thai driver's licence.
It's a highly recognised form of identification and can often be used in place of your passport. It's will often get
you reduced entrance fees to national parks and museums (i.e. not the 'tourist' rate) and psychologically it will
make you feel much more like Thailand is your home.

UPDATE:  You can apply for your 5 year license up to 1 month before your 1 year license expires.  It is illegal
to drive with an expired license.  You have 1 year, after your 1 year license expires, to apply for your 5 year
license.  After 1 year, you have to start all over again.

To apply, you will need the following...
Required documents are:

1. THE ORIGINAL ONE-YEAR LICENSE (or 2 year license)

2.  YOUR VALID PASSPORT CONTAINING A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA (visa on arrival or tourist visas are not
good enough)

3.  A COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT, (Face page; VISA page; current TM6 card; latest entry stamp page)
NOTE:  Bring your original Passport also (they may ask for a copy of your original Visa stamp)

4.  A NEW“PROOF OF ADDRESS” confirmation from the Immigration Bureau or embassy.  
If you have a
work permit, this will serve as verification of your address

5.  A NEW MEDICAL CERTIFICATE

The only tests required for these candidates are:

6.  EYESIGHT(color perception, peripheral vision, depth perception)
.  REFLEX TEST

7.  Foreign National Information Form with Passport size Photo

There are no further practical tests or written examination for the 5 year License

REMARK :
1) IN CASE OF DRIVING LICENCE EXPIRED MORE THAN 1 YEAR - TAKE A THEORY TEST

2) IN CASE OF DRIVING LICENCE EXPIRED MORE THAN 3 YEARS - TAKE A THEORY TEST AND PRACTICAL
TEST

THE FEE for five years is 505 Baht and a further 100 Baht for the plastic smart card.

NOTE:  A complete set of above papers are needed for each license application (motorcycle & Car). The
second immigration and medical certificate can be copies if both applications are made at the same time.

NOTE:  All issuing offices now have digital imaging equipment and your picture will be taken on site, so there
is
no need to take your own photographs along.

You don't need to take any tests. The application should take no more than an hour and your license will be
issues while you wait (I received my 5 year license in about 25 minutes)  As of 2008, the new ASEAN treaty
design license is being issued and it is valid for use in all ASEAN Treaty countries... a very useful thing to
have.  
  I've recently been told that you now have to watch a 1 hour movie about driving in Thailand.  Video
is in English.  UPDATE:  I was told today (Aug 6, 2013) that you don't have to watch the video for the 5 year
license.  But this is Thailand (everything is subject to change at a moments notice).  
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Note!

By law you are expected to carry a Thai drivers’ license when driving on public roads and foreigner drivers’
license should, in theory, only be used for the first 60 days of your stay in Thailand.  Drivers are seldom
penalized for this, but having a Thai license is handy and avoids situations that might cost you a spot fine.

If a Thai driving license has been expired for more than a year, applicants must again take the written test
and, if more than three years, must begin the process again as for first-time candidates. It was also confirmed
that only Thais holding a Thai driving license may use it in other ASEAN countries. The discretion does not
cover foreigners with a Thai license who are advised to obtain an international permit in Thailand or in their
first country. A candidate failing any part of the driving test requirements may be invited to repeat it once at
the discretion of the bureau.
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Renew 5 year Thai Driving License

You can apply for renewal of the 5 year license for another 5 years up to 6 months before the 5 year license
expires.

Any driver who wishes to renew their 5 year Thai driving license will also need to attend a one hour ‘refresher’
lecture in order to bring them up to speed with the new curriculum.  Drivers who are applying for a 5 year
license for the first time will not need to take this class

NOTE: Although the main Land Transport Office (LTO)’s websites state that you can renew your 5 year
license up to 6 months before expiration there has been reports that some Provincial LTOs may limit it to a
lesser time period – therefore, I recommend you go as close to the expiration date as possible to avoid
problems;
or have a Thai speaking person contact the Provincial LTO you will use to determine the time
period they accept.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:

1.  APPLICATION FOR THAI DRIVING LICENSE

2.  ORIGINAL FIVE-YEARS THAI DRIVING LICENCE

3.  PASSPORT WITH NON-IMMIGRANT VISA (ORIGINAL AND PHOTO COPY)

4.  COPY OF PASSPORT (1ST PAGE; VISA PAGE; TM6 (Departure Card)

5 .  RESIDENT CERTIFICATE FROM THAI IMMIGRATION OR YOUR EMBASSY IN THAILAND TO VERIFY
YOUR ADDRESS OR WORK PERMIT WITH ORIGINAL AND PHOTO COPY

6.   TAKE A COMPUTER BASED TEST (IN THAI & ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY) ON THE RULES OF DRIVING

To see Test questions with answers

E Exam 1
E Exam 2
E Exam 3

The correct answer is in bold (don’t mind the arrow, it’s probably the answers given by a candidate)

7.  MEDICAL CERTIFICATE - I was very pleased to hear that the need for a medical certificate to renew
your 5 year Thai driving licence no longer appears to be necessary

8.  Foreign National Information Form with Passport size Photo

- Watch Road Safety Training Video (about 1 hour) on Driving Tips
- Take awareness test  
* Color Blindness Test
* Depth Perception Test  
(Aug 2016 did not have to take this test)
* Accelerator/Brake test  (Aug 2016 did not have to take this test)
Maybe they skipped these 2 test because there were over 60 people there to renew their license.

REMARK :
1)  IN CASE OF DRIVING LICENCE EXPIRED MORE THAN 1 YEAR
- TAKE A THEORY TEST
2)  IN CASE OF DRIVING LICENCE EXPIRED MORE THAN 3 YEARS
- TAKE A THEORY TEST AND PRACTICAL TEST

TAKE ONLY A PHYSICAL TEST) PAY THE FEE / TAKE A PHOTO AND PRINT DRIVING LICENCE

FEES:
505 BAHT  
100 BAHT FOR PLASTIC SMART CARD
50 BAHT TO CHANGE NAME OR ADDRESS
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Renew 5 year license in Bangkok

Received this info from an Expat in Bangkok to renew 5 year license there

name = Conrad Paulino
email =
comments = Renewal of 5 Year Thai driver's license In Bangkutien (DLT Area 1)
1. Submit requirements. Old license, passport and copies of first page and visa, certificate from
embassy. Window 205, 2nd floor
2. Take physical test, traffic light colour, put sticks in parallel and peripheral vision. 3rd floor lobby
3. Watch Thai movie on driving tips, etc. for almost 1 hour. 3rd floor , room 5 or 6
4. Submit documents to window 202 in 2nd floor to get queue number took 1 hour.
5. Take picture, pay 505+100+ 50= 655 for fee, card and change address, also in 2nd floor opposite
window 202. Wait for a minute while they print your license. Done!
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If You Lose Your License


A friend of mine lost his wallet (with his license) 2 weeks after receiving it.  For him it was a simple process to
replace the license.

Note:   Remember, your "Residency Certificate" and "Doctor's Certificate" is only good for 30 days.  After 30
days, you need to obtain new Certificates.  

Since both of these Certificates were still good, he only needed the following.  
Go to counter 21

1.  If you made a Police Report about your lost license, bring it with you.  If you did not make a Police
Report - No Problem.  The clerk at the Traffic Department will fill out one for you.  All you have to
do it sign it.

2.  
Copy of Passport  (1st Page; VISA Page;  TM6).  Bring your original Passport also.

When you finish at counter 21, go to the "Information Counter", by the stairs.  You will be given a number. Sit
down and wait for your number to be called.  We waited about 20 minutes,  When your number is called, hand
them your paperwork and pay 155 Baht.

Go to "Window 27" to take your picture.  Go inside, pick a number, and have a seat.    Today he waited less
than 5 minutes.    After they take your picture, wait a few minutes, and they hand you your new license.  
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 International Driver's License (IDL)

You can obtain an "International Driver's License" in Thailand to use in countries that accept IDL.

Go to the Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transportation Office. In order to apply for an IDL you must possess
a five year Thai driver's license. Documents required are exactly the same as for the Thai driver's license
but you must also bring the original as well as a copy of your five-year Thai license.

For the international driver's license, you need:

1.   Application Form   To download form
 CLICK HERE   For Sample form in English   CLICK HERE  
2.   Affidavit of residence from your Embassy or Consulate. (Much cheaper to get from Immigration)
or yellow house book.  To download Residence Certificate   
CLICK HERE    
3   Thai Driver's license which has been renewed for the second year (5 year license) & Copy
4.   Work Permit (if you're working)
5.   2 photos, size 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" (2 cms x 6 cms)
6.   Photocopy of Passport & visa pages

Take original and 1 set of copies

Fee: 505 baht (it's 500 baht for the application form and 5 baht for documents).

NOTE:  Be prepared to wait about 2 hours

If you live in another Province, go to the "Provincial Land Transportation Office" in your district.

If you have an International Driver's License and you want to renew it, you must apply 30 days before the
license expires
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Below is the experience of Jim Axelson who obtained his License for a
Car and Motorcycle in March, 2015, in Chiang Mai


Don,

Ok, Jim Axelson here. In no particular order here are notes on my experience getting both the Thai Car
Drivers License and Thai Motorbike Drivers License. Feel free to change things or edit things as you choose.

I had an active Washington State Drivers License due to expire 12/13/2016. I wanted to get both the car drivers
license and motorcycle drivers license at the same time if I could. The answer is yes you can get both. You do
not have to get both but if you have the time, why not?? If you have an active, valid drivers license from
another country you can and it is a car drivers license, then you can get a Thai car drivers license without
taking and written or road test. In my case my Washington State car drivers license allowed me to quickly get
my car license with no written or road test. But since I did not have a Washington State Drivers License for a
Motorcycle, I did have a take a written test and pass and a road
test and pass. This is what I did.

The amount of Thai people speaking even half-way fluently English is very-limited. During the 2 days it took
me to get all this done, I spoke or tried to speak to about 15 Thai employees. With no exception was I able to
have a good, complete conversation with a Thai employee. Its sad but very true. My suggestion is/was take
someone you know who can speak both Thai and English as I took my Thai wife. It will save you time and
frustration.

You will NOT need to take pictures of you with you. They do that at the Thai office.

If you do have to take a written test, the test time last a maximum of 60 minutes. I finished my test in about 45
minutes..So the most time I spent in the office is waiting to take a written test.

I did not take the car driving test so I can't describe what that is about. But the motorcycle test: the tester will
show you the route to drive around a big open area. a few stops, a few lefts and a few rights. You will also
have to drive on a piece of wood about 18 inches wide and maybe 40' long. You have to drive straight on this
piece of wood. You will also have to drive in between about 10-12 rubber cones without hitting them or
missing the space to drive between them.

The test takes only maybe 10-15 minutes and is pretty easy if you can control your motorcycle.

You also need to remember to use your directional when turning right or left and turn it off once you have
made the turn. At the end of the test, you will park back where you started from and leave your helmet ON...
the tester will test to see how tight or lose the strap is. And let you know if you have passed or failed.

The cost for the car drivers license is 205 baht and the cost for the motorcycle drivers license is 155 baht.

Good luck...

There you go Don. Any other information let me know..

Take care..
Jim Axelson


Driver's License in Bangkok


As many of you know, procedures can differ between provinces for obtaining a driving license.  The
following information is from Bob Brown about the procedures he had to follow to obtain his license in
Bangkok.  Thank you Bob for the following information:

Hi Don,

Licences obtained ok and thanks for the info on obtaining the 5 year licence. I believe that this has to be
done within the 12 months after the expiry date.

As for the information on your site I am not sure that my experience in Bangkok applies countrywide, but I
will describe the process I went through which was, in the end, quite simple and let you judge for yourself.

The only glitch was to do with how you ‘certify’ the photocopies. Luckily I had a Thai friend in attendance
who was able to understand the problem, which was easily rectified.

I suggest you add the following to your site:-
-          All photocopies must be ‘certified’ by drawing two lines across the image of the item photocopied
and the words ‘This a certified copy’, your name, date and signature between them. It is important that this
across the image.
-          If you are using an International Licence you must also provide a photocopy showing the front of
the  document and the last page, the one with your photograph on it.

The actual process once the above items were corrected was as follows:-

1)      Hand the documents (Residency, medical, Passport and photocopies etc just as you specified) into    
window 8 and tell the person what the licence is for. (Note. No ‘Application for a licence’ form)
a.       The person there checks them and if ok returns them together with an additional form for each
licence. (One with a red stamp (for the motorcycle licence) and one with a blue stamp (for the car licence)
and tells you to go to ‘room 16’ (for the tests). I discovered later the additional forms are used to record
the results of the various tests.
b.      You complete the form(s) name etc and go to room 16 and wait outside.
2)      Outside ‘room 16’ a TV screen explains the tests:
a.       Peripheral vision
b.      Reaction time
c.       Depth perception
(I did not need to view the ‘educational video’ nor take any other tests as I was using an International
Driving Licence.)
3)      After waiting a short time we were called into the room split into three groups to take the tests.
4)      On completion of the tests, with the test results now entered onto the additional form, you are sent
to window 18.
a.       At window 18 you hand in the paperwork and after a quick examination to check they are complete
they are handed  back together with a ‘queue ticket’.
b.      You sit down and wait for your number to be called.
c.       Once called you go to the appropriate desk where a full check of the documents takes place and if all
ok have your photo taken, pay the fee and wait a short time whilst the licence(s) are made. (This only takes
a few minutes)

Time from entering and leaving was no more than 1 ½ hours.

Job done!!!
NB Room and window numbers apply to ‘Transport Area 3 Bangkok’.
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Driving Schools in Chiang Mai

Only 2 of these schools have phone numbers published

Tunwad Driving School
41/7, Sri Phum Road, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50200
•        Tel:  053 223 550

Chang Phuak Driving School
Chiang Mai - Lampang Superhighway, Chang Phuak, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50300
•        Tel:  053 444 04

Chiang Yuen Driving Center
Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Khun Noi Driving School
Wat Ket, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand

Khun Chai Driving
Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Khun Wit Driving Center
Wat Ket, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand

Thanwa Driving
Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Pratu Chang Phueak Driving
Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Found this one on a blog.  His friend used this one.  Couldn't remember name, only partial address.

School Reported At
the moat on the block before Jok Sompet Restaurant
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Renewing License In Bangkok (5 year license)

I recently received this information from an Expat (Bob Brown) in Bangkok who received his 5 year
license in Bangkok

Hi Don,
I recently received my 5 Year Licences at ‘Transport Area 3 Bangkok’. I thought it might be useful if
I described the process for inclusion on your website.
(NB I believe that a five year licence can now be obtained one month prior to the expiry date and
within one year of the issue date of the one year temporary licence. However I have not been in a
position to confirm this.)

I went fully armed with the required documentation.
Photocopies of:-
-        Passport pages (page with your photograph, page with the one year Non-Immigrant Visa, TM6,
page with the last entry stamp).
(NB all photocopies must be ‘certified’ by drawing two lines across the image of the item
photocopied and the words ‘This a certified copy’, your name, date and signature between them.)
-        The expired licences.
-        Affirmation of Residency (mine was obtained from the British Embassy in Bangkok c2,
800Baht)
-        NB You need one for each licence, but if you apply for both on the same day a photo copy is
acceptable.
-        ‘Fitness to drive’ certificate (c300Baht)
NB You need one for each licence, but if you apply for both on the same day a photo copy is
acceptable.
The Application for a Licence.(One for each licence)

The actual process was as follows:-
1)        On entry to the building go to a small reception desk tell them what you want and show them
your documents. They will give you a form and tell you to go to window 18.
2)        Hand the documents (Residency, medical, Passport and photocopies etc.) in at window 18
and tell the person what the applications are for.
3)        The person there checks them and if ok returns them together with an additional form for
each plus a ticket with a number on it and directs you to Room 15 or 16.
4)        You wait outside Rooms 15 and 16 and watch a TV which explains the ‘Physical tests’ you
will under go (Peripheral vision, Reaction time, Depth perception)
(You do not need to view the ‘educational video’ nor take any other tests.)
After waiting a short time we were called into the room split into three groups to take the tests.
On completion of the tests the results are entered onto the additional form(s) and you are sent back
to window 18.
At window 18 you hand in the paperwork and after a quick examination to check they are complete
they are handed  back together with a ‘queue ticket’.

You sit down and wait for your number to be called in Thai. However a digital display provides the
number called together with the appropriate desk number.
Once called, you go to the appropriate desk where a full check of the documents takes place and if
all ok have your photo taken, pay the fee (c1,068Baht total for the car and motorcycle licences).
After a short wait, this only a few minutes you are handed your new licences.

The total time the above takes depends on the day and how many people there are. The actual
process time is short however you may/will experience delays at each stage due to queuing.
NB Room and window numbers apply to ‘Transport Area 3 Bangkok’.
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EMAIL FROM STEFAN - PROCEDURE HE WENT THROUGH TO GET LICENSE IN CHIANG MAI


Hi Don,

Yes, I shouldn't have left my passport in the first place. I got it back on Wednesday but they asked
for a 3,000 THB deposit. I didn't mind doing that, I think it's fair to give some security people rent
stuff out.

So yesterday I got my motorcycle driver's licence in Chiang Mai. Here is how it went. It all seemed
to go pretty routined, so I'm guessing this a stable procedure for any foreigner who can't show in
international/original licence for the type of vehicle he/she wants to be drive in Thailand.

I show up at the Hang Don Road address around 08:30. They check the documents, and I wait in
line for a color-vision test and a reaction speed test. After that I get a book with the traffic rules in
English, and I'm directed to take the course with about 150 other people. This course covered both
car-driving and motorbike-riding.

At 08:50 the course starts with a video in Thai, with English subtitles. Somewhere after 09:15 the
instructor talks in Thai about driving in Thailand and the reasons for having a licence. Then there is
another video in Thai, without subtitles. Then he goes in to more detail about alcohol, signaling,
etc. During the parts that I didn't understand I leafed through the book. Just a good refresher
mostly because I have a car licence for the Netherlands. Some rules are different so I'm glad I took
it seriously.

Around 11:00 there is a ten-minute break. Then another instructor talks for an hour in Thai,
covering a couple of typical dangerous situations, giving examples from busy traffic points in
Chiang Mai, like the crossings at Kad Suan Keaw and Night Bazaar.

12:00 lunch.

12:30 Instructor number 1 comes back with slideshow about different road signs. Again a good
refresher. Then there is another video in Thai without subtitles, but it's mostly common sense.
How to behave with the police, or when you get an accident, and how to be polite in traffic in
general.

Around 13:30 we all go take the computerized theory exam. I pass and I'm sent downstairs to the
driving test area. I take my bike and I wait there until it's my turn. I complete the obstacle course
successfully and I send with my papers back upstairs to get the licence.

All went smoothly and I didn't mind doing the course.

You asked if there was a set time for the tests. I'm not sure. I don't know if I could have taken the
exam in the morning if I already had a licence. We were just herded through it all sequentially as
part of the course.

Best wishes,

Stefanasssssssssss
Don's Life In Thailand (Chiang Mai)
If you plan to stay in Thailand  you should consider the advantages that
having a Thai issued driving license can bring you.  An International
Driving license is only valid for a relatively short time, The validity of a
Thai drivers permit will be a great advantage if you want to hire a vehicle
for example. A driving license from your home country is not officially
recognised in Thailand.

You can use it as an official form of identification. If you need to present
it for any reason, it will set you apart from tourists and may even give
you some level of immunity to 'farang markup' (example - National Parks).
You can also use it in place of your passport for hotel stays etc.
It’s hard to believe that anyone in Thailand actually has a driving license, or at least has passed a test,
but getting a valid Thai license is possible for all nationalities.






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Traffic Department
Building
Phone
253-270410
Traffic Department
(Chiang Mai)
as seen from
Hang Dong Rd

Hours are
Monday to Friday
(8:30AM to 4:30 PM)
Tel: 053-277156,
053-278570,
053-140-405
GPS Coordinates are:
N 18.74625
E 98.96170
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Only Thais holding a Thai driving license may use it in other ASEAN countries. The discretion does not
cover foreigners with a Thai license who are advised to obtain an international permit in Thailand or in
their first country. A candidate failing any part of the driving test requirements may be invited to repeat it
once at the discretion of the bureau.
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