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Renew 5 Year Driving Licence

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10 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

Best to just have it...

 

At the DLT front desk I was told I didn’t  need a medical cert. 

At the counter they wanted one. Luckily I’d come prepared so didn’t have to make two trips to the DLT via a clinic... 

Normal sort of day really...

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On 11/15/2018 at 3:14 PM, richard_smith237 said:

And for a 5yr to a 2yr a medical cert was required.... 

 

 

Yes, I had to go from a 5yr to a temp 2yr licence as I was no longer on a Non-Immigrant visa.

Since you are one of the relatively few people I have heard of, that have gone from a 5 year to a 2 year license, I have a some questions for you (just out of personal curiosity).

 

When you get your first license, it's issued as a temporary license valid for 2 years (it was one year when I applied, but that has since changed). When renewing that temporary license, you get a 5 year license (if on a non immigrant visa permission to stay), as will be the case for any future renewals.

 

I believe that when renewing a 5 year license, you are technically not really getting a new license, you are just getting a new "card" for your existing license. That's why my current license has a issue date in 2012 - the year I got my first 5 year license. The issue date is not the year that I got my first, temporary license, which leads me to believe that the temporary license technically is a separate license.

 

If I am correct, then that (kind of) explains why you need a medical certificate when getting the temporary license and your first 5 year license, but not when renewing your 5 year license. The (twisted) logic being, that you need a medical certificate when getting a "new" license, but not when renewing an existing license. And in your case you needed a medical certificate again when going from your 5 year license to your new temporary license, because the temporary license was considered a new license rather than a renewal.

 

That leads me to my questions. If my theory is to hold water, then the issue date on your new, temporary license should be the year it was actually issued rather than the year your first 5 year license was issued. Is that the case?

Second question, is your new temporary license the same as the original temporary license, i.e. has the word "temporary" printed on it, and a green background on the top where the license no. is printed (rather than the purple of a 5 year license).

 

Thanks.

 

Sophon

 

 

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IN CASE OF FOREIGNER RENEW THAI DRIVING LICENCE [BY YOURSELF]
FIVE-YEARS DRIVING LICENCE

HAVE TO PREPARE THE DOCUMENTS AS FOLLOW

  1. 1
    ORIGINAL FIVE-YEARS THAI DRIVING LICENCE
  2. 2
    PASSPORT WITH NON-IMMIGRANT VISA (ORIGINAL AND PHOTO COPY)
  3. 3
    ORIGINAL PRESENT RESIDENT ADDRESS IN THAILAND CERTIFY FROM EMBASSY / IMMIGRATION BUREAU (VALID FOR 1 YEAR) OR WORK PERMIT WITH ORIGINAL AND PHOTO COPY
 

PROCEDURE

  1. 1
    CHECK THE DOCUMENTS
  2. 2
    PRINT THE APPLICATION FORM
  3. 3
    TAKE ONLY A PHYSICAL TEST
    • TAKE A TRAINING 1 HOURS
    • TAKE A PHYSICAL TEST
    • TAKE A THEORY TEST
    • TAKE A PRACTICAL TEST
  4. 4
    PAY THE FEE / TAKE A PHOTO AND PRINT DRIVING LICENCE
    (FEE 505 BAHT)
    ADDITIONAL (CHANGE NAME OR ADDRESS CHARGE 50 BAHT)
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IN CASE OF FOREIGNER RENEW THAI DRIVING LICENCE [bY YOURSELF]
FIVE-YEARS DRIVING LICENCE

HAVE TO PREPARE THE DOCUMENTS AS FOLLOW

  1. 1 ORIGINAL FIVE-YEARS THAI DRIVING LICENCE
  2. 2 PASSPORT WITH NON-IMMIGRANT VISA (ORIGINAL AND PHOTO COPY)
  3. 3 ORIGINAL PRESENT RESIDENT ADDRESS IN THAILAND CERTIFY FROM EMBASSY / IMMIGRATION BUREAU (VALID FOR 1 YEAR) OR WORK PERMIT WITH ORIGINAL AND PHOTO COPY
 

PROCEDURE

  1. 1 CHECK THE DOCUMENTS
  2. 2 PRINT THE APPLICATION FORM
  3. 3 TAKE ONLY A PHYSICAL TEST
    • TAKE A TRAINING 1 HOURS
    • TAKE A PHYSICAL TEST
    • TAKE A THEORY TEST
    • TAKE A PRACTICAL TEST
  4. 4 PAY THE FEE / TAKE A PHOTO AND PRINT DRIVING LICENCE
    (FEE 505 BAHT)
    ADDITIONAL (CHANGE NAME OR ADDRESS CHARGE 50 BAHT)
https://www.dlt.go.th/en/two-year-license/
Very useful, thank you Norland.


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17 hours ago, Norlund said:

IN CASE OF FOREIGNER RENEW THAI DRIVING LICENCE [BY YOURSELF]
FIVE-YEARS DRIVING LICENCE

HAVE TO PREPARE THE DOCUMENTS AS FOLLOW

  1. 1
    ORIGINAL FIVE-YEARS THAI DRIVING LICENCE
  2. 2
    PASSPORT WITH NON-IMMIGRANT VISA (ORIGINAL AND PHOTO COPY)
  3. 3
    ORIGINAL PRESENT RESIDENT ADDRESS IN THAILAND CERTIFY FROM EMBASSY / IMMIGRATION BUREAU (VALID FOR 1 YEAR) OR WORK PERMIT WITH ORIGINAL AND PHOTO COPY
 

PROCEDURE

  1. 1
    CHECK THE DOCUMENTS
  2. 2
    PRINT THE APPLICATION FORM
  3. 3
    TAKE ONLY A PHYSICAL TEST
    • TAKE A TRAINING 1 HOURS
    • TAKE A PHYSICAL TEST
    • TAKE A THEORY TEST
    • TAKE A PRACTICAL TEST
  4. 4
    PAY THE FEE / TAKE A PHOTO AND PRINT DRIVING LICENCE
    (FEE 505 BAHT)
    ADDITIONAL (CHANGE NAME OR ADDRESS CHARGE 50 BAHT)

A useful read but not much use due to the varying rules from office to office. The last time I renewed my licence I did not have to show any evidence of a visa. I had a letter of residence from the Police and not immigration or embassy. I took the colour and reaction tests. No other tests were required. I also needed a medical certificate from a doctor. As with most things official in Thailand, the best thing to do is to go to the office that you are going to use and ask them what they require.

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Good to hear that you don’t need a certificate of Residence from police/Immigration/Embassy, if you’ve got a work permit. A friend who went to my local DLT recently, confirmed that this is correct info.

 

 

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On ‎11‎/‎17‎/‎2018 at 10:24 PM, Norlund said:

IN CASE OF FOREIGNER RENEW THAI DRIVING LICENCE [BY YOURSELF]
FIVE-YEARS DRIVING LICENCE

HAVE TO PREPARE THE DOCUMENTS AS FOLLOW

  1. 1
    ORIGINAL FIVE-YEARS THAI DRIVING LICENCE
  2. 2
    PASSPORT WITH NON-IMMIGRANT VISA (ORIGINAL AND PHOTO COPY)
  3. 3
    ORIGINAL PRESENT RESIDENT ADDRESS IN THAILAND CERTIFY FROM EMBASSY / IMMIGRATION BUREAU (VALID FOR 1 YEAR) OR WORK PERMIT WITH ORIGINAL AND PHOTO COPY
 

PROCEDURE

  1. 1
    CHECK THE DOCUMENTS
  2. 2
    PRINT THE APPLICATION FORM
  3. 3
    TAKE ONLY A PHYSICAL TEST
    • TAKE A TRAINING 1 HOURS
    • TAKE A PHYSICAL TEST
    • TAKE A THEORY TEST
    • TAKE A PRACTICAL TEST
  4. 4
    PAY THE FEE / TAKE A PHOTO AND PRINT DRIVING LICENCE
    (FEE 505 BAHT)
    ADDITIONAL (CHANGE NAME OR ADDRESS CHARGE 50 BAHT)

Where can I find the application form which is mentioned in number 2?

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17 minutes ago, chris26be said:

Where can I find the application form which is mentioned in number 2?

I never thought about it.

They usually hand it over at the office.

It's all in Thai as far as I remember but they will usually tick the boxes for you (I had help from the daughter).

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I go to renew my current two year license this week at Kumphawapi, 

 

- what extra is needed from two to five?

- Don’t have yellow book is anything else accepted? 

 

Thanks

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I go to renew my current two year license this week at Kumphawapi, 
 
- what extra is needed from two to five?
- Don’t have yellow book is anything else accepted? 
 
Thanks

Work Permit or Cert of Residence from Immigration.


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I go to renew my current two year license this week at Kumphawapi, 
 
- what extra is needed from two to five?
- Don’t have yellow book is anything else accepted? 
 
Thanks

Passport and usual copies.
Residence certificate.( free from IO)
Medical certificate. (100 baht from clinic).
Do 4 reaction, colour tests etc etc

Just did mine a couple of weeks ago at Ayutthaya.
Paid 550 baht ( car only ).
You should get 5 years + up to your birthday ( 5 1/2 years in my case)

Don’t let it expire or they will just give you another 2 year.

Note: this was my experience, yours might vary, if you can call in to ask them first.

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Remember it's best to go a day after it expires then you get 6 years. I didn't need a medical cert. 

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4 minutes ago, Rugon said:

Remember it's best to go a day after it expires then you get 6 years. I didn't need a medical cert. 

How does that work? I know it expires on your birthday, but won't you get five years less one day?

 

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12 minutes ago, bluesofa said:

How does that work? I know it expires on your birthday, but won't you get five years less one day?

 

They take it to the next birthday, we get 6 years if you renew a little after your birthday..

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if your not sure just get a med cert,  I used a search engine, made a call, and got mine from the local  dermatologist  tiny office that seemed to be geared for  botox treatments and things  ...... 300 baht  done   not  100baht though   lol

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