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A friend of mine mentioned ,a few days before the 8 th June this year, that he has to renew his driving licence.

His birthday is 8th June

He also mentioned that he expected to get 6 years

I was sceptical.

Today he showed me his new licence -expiry date  June 2025. 6 years as predicted

The start year on the licence is 2007.

He says he always gets 6 years.

He suspects that it must be something to do with his birth date.

Can anybody explain this ?

 

 

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Yes, you get 5 years FROM YOUR NEXT BIRTHDAY.

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If you renew AFTER your birthday you get 5 years plus the time between your next birthday and the date you renew..

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16 minutes ago, jackdd said:

Afaik the 5 year license is valid 5 years + the time until the next birthday.

So if you apply for it the day after your birthday you effectively get 5 years + 364 days to your next birthday

 

Correct - I deliberately waited until the day after my birthday before renewing.  

 

Three hours and a video later = one 6-year license.  👍

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2 hours ago, marty147 said:

I deliberately waited until the day after my birthday before renewing.  

Same here.

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4 hours ago, transam said:

If you renew AFTER your birthday you get 5 years plus the time between your next birthday and the date you renew..

Yes. Just got it today too. Renew within one year after expiry (which is normally one's birthday). I did mine today. It had been expired a day, so got 6 years, less one day.

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6 hours ago, jackdd said:

So if you apply for it the day after your birthday you effectively get 5 years + 364 days to your next birthday

Ok, as 5 year licenses expire on one's birthday, what if I renewed one day early, as I didn't want to drive on an expired license? Would I then get 5 years and one day until next expiration? What if I renewed on birthday/expiration date?

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37 minutes ago, JimGant said:

Ok, as 5 year licenses expire on one's birthday, what if I renewed one day early, as I didn't want to drive on an expired license? Would I then get 5 years and one day until next expiration? What if I renewed on birthday/expiration date? 

One day before most likely 5 years + 1 day.

On your birthday i can only guess, but probably exactly 5 years.

If you once started the "apply for the driving license one day after birthday" process, the next year you would only be not insured by any voluntary insurance for the trip to the DLT on the day after your birthday. So if you want to stay 100% correct ask your wife / GF / friend to drive you there on this day.

Only if this happens to fall on a weekend or holiday (and you don't want to risk driving without valid license) you will be limited in your mobility for another day or two.

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Also applies for a 2 year license to a 5 year license, you will get 5 years then up to your birthday ( I got 5 1/2 years ).

But if you renew from a 2 year license to another 2 year license ( I.e. tourist visa ) then you will get exactly 2 years .

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8 hours ago, jackdd said:

Afaik the 5 year license is valid 5 years + the time until the next birthday.

So if you apply for it the day after your birthday you effectively get 5 years + 364 days to your next birthday

Perhaps even 365 days..........

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I applied around 45 days after my Bday and still got 6 years.

 

 

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11 hours ago, wgdanson said:

Yes, you get 5 years FROM YOUR NEXT BIRTHDAY.

Thanks for your reply

 

However ,as I understand it, this added time is only a one off event.

In my friend's case that occurred in 2007.

After that it should be a renewed on a 5 year frequency.

His prior licence expired 8th June 2019. To my mind his new licence should have expired 8th June 2024. He got an extra year i.e to  8th June 2025

My licence expired 14th Feb 2019 and my current licence expires 2024.

However -it is not really important.

Thanks to all who replied

 

 

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40+ years ago, I got a motorcycle license for about 100 Baht that is valid for my lifetime.  Little did they know that my lifetime would far exceed that of a typical Thai motorcycle rider.  The trick was moving to the USA 39 years ago.  Win!

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8 hours ago, Delight said:

Thanks for your reply

 

However ,as I understand it, this added time is only a one off event.

In my friend's case that occurred in 2007.

After that it should be a renewed on a 5 year frequency.

His prior licence expired 8th June 2019. To my mind his new licence should have expired 8th June 2024. He got an extra year i.e to  8th June 2025

My licence expired 14th Feb 2019 and my current licence expires 2024.

However -it is not really important.

Thanks to all who replied

 

 

 

Please read post #3"

 

"So if you apply for it the day after your birthday you effectively get 5 years + 364 days to your next birthday"

 

It's not a one off event. 

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