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BANGKOK 22 April 2019 16:58
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Drivers license renewal update

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Ok, just renewed my 5 year and it has gotten....simpler!

Just need immigration letter, signed picture page and visa page copy from passport and old license.

Any day of the work week, was there at 0830 to check in, loafed around until 10 then had the visual tests then a one hour Thai soap show about being nice then new license. Out by 1115.

 

 

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Quite a few web pages about Thai driving licenses state that you can get resident confirmation or your embassy. Samui Land Transport Office does not accept embassy confirmation and requires Immigration confirmation.

 

Just to save others a trip to Nathon...

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3 hours ago, huberthammer said:

Quite a few web pages about Thai driving licenses state that you can get resident confirmation or your embassy. Samui Land Transport Office does not accept embassy confirmation and requires Immigration confirmation.

 

Just to save others a trip to Nathon...

If one has a Yellow House Book, then that is accepted as proof of residence by Samui Land Transport Office, and no letter from Immigration is needed.

 

In other local forum it has been mentioned that a health report from a hospital, not clinic, is now necessary, but from OP it seem like not at Samui. An new informative video about Thai DL from the British Embassy was shared earlier this year, but the video was redrawn due to it didn't mention the health certificate for renewal.

 

Only difference I notice since I renewed my 5-year DL a few years ago, is the one can now come every work day in the week, before it used to be on specific days only.

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Mine are up for renewal in 5 weeks.

 I don't doubt what you were asked for, but as it is such a long journey to Lipa Noi, and to save myself another trip, I will be taking a medical certificate and a few other bits and pieces.  Just in case.

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Mine are up for renewal in 5 weeks.
 I don't doubt what you were asked for, but as it is such a long journey to Lipa Noi, and to save myself another trip, I will be taking a medical certificate and a few other bits and pieces.  Just in case.

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If one has a Yellow House Book, then that is accepted as proof of residence by Samui Land Transport Office, and no letter from Immigration is needed.
 

Apparently Yellow book is
not acceptable at the Banglamung/Pattaya DLT
Thailand 4.0 where every office has its own interpretation of "the rules"

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1 hour ago, khunPer said:

but the video was redrawn due to it didn't mention the health certificate for renewal

Do Thais need a health certificate to get a license......................that's if they bother.

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Do Thais need a health certificate to get a license......................that's if they bother.
Yes they need the "health certificate"
which basically says you are alive.

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1 hour ago, johng said:

Apparently Yellow book is
not acceptable at the Banglamung/Pattaya DLT
Thailand 4.0 where every office has its own interpretation of "the rules"

Thanks, but this is a Koh Samui forum, so what they do in Pattaya is not important, Samui has it's own rules, and Yellow House Book works here (talk from experience)...:wink:

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10 hours ago, phetphet said:

Mine are up for renewal in 5 weeks.

 I don't doubt what you were asked for, but as it is such a long journey to Lipa Noi, and to save myself another trip, I will be taking a medical certificate and a few other bits and pieces.  Just in case.

Last time I renewed 4 years ago, they just gave back medical certificate and said only needed first time. 

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Work permit also is accepted instead of residence certificate. 

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Another wasted trip to Lipa Noi.  It seems Samui Land Transport Office does not recognise the rules that the Thai Land Transport Office publishes. The grumpy chap refused my National License (all in English) and requested that the Embassy would have to certify the license first. Embassy declines to do any certification of driving licenses. 

 

Sounds like the rumour that the Chief of Samui Land Transport Office wants everybody to do the full monty driving test is true. 

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