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Can you use a Thai Driving Licence in UK? More importantly, can you rent a car in UK using a Thai driving licence?

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A Thai (full) 5-year licence is accepted by car hire companies in the UK. I've been renting cars every year for the past 15 years on my Thai licence.

There may be issues if you only have a 2-year (provisional) licence.

 

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Thanks. I have a 5 year licence. So I just hope there is no variation in application by different rental company offices; I usually hire from Hertz in Edinburgh, (previously on my UKDL, which is about to expire). 

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I have rented a number of cars in the UK using my Thai drivers license. Never had a problem.

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53 minutes ago, Barty said:

I have rented a number of cars in the UK using my Thai drivers license. Never had a problem.

Did you also need to have a Thai international drivers permit?

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40 minutes ago, simple1 said:

Did you also need to have a Thai international drivers permit?

Not required by law. I don't think there are any rental companies in the UK that require this.

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I rang Hertz UK and asked whether I could use a full 5 year Thai licence. They didn't say "no", and they said that as a Gold Plus member, they thought there wouldn't be an issue. The guy then read out their blurb, which suggested that it was wise to have an IDP. So, not exactly a definitive answer, but based on others' experience, I guess, you can use a Thai DL when renting a car in UK. 

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Thai licence have English and Thai so no need for a translation ( IDP )

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I have been renting cars in the UK for the last 20 years on a full Thai DL. No problems.

I have never been asked for an IDP. I took one with me to Portugal last year - no one asked to see it.

Thai DL seems to be good everywhere.

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You can get a Thai driver's license and be licensed to drive in the UK? Wow. I just lost respect for the UK. I really just can't even comprehend that this is true. 

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What would a thai visitor to the UK do, use his thai licence. Rental companies are there to rent to tourists.

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Technically if you no longer reside permanently in the UK, your UK driver's licence is no longer valid so you would have to have a licence from the country you do reside in.  I don't know if anyone has ever tested this in the event of an insurance claim.

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As I have mentioned before on TVF, on my last trip to the UK, Enterprise car rentals would not accept my UK driving license as I was not on the electoral role at the address on license. They accepted my 5 year Thai license.

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58 minutes ago, brewsterbudgen said:

Technically if you no longer reside permanently in the UK, your UK driver's licence is no longer valid so you would have to have a licence from the country you do reside in.  I don't know if anyone has ever tested this in the event of an insurance claim.

I think that comes from the issue of the plastic card licence and the change from the old paper licence. To get the new type it seems you need to prove a permanent address in uk to get one, show a couple of utility bills in your name etc.

Re Thai licence in uk. My wife wouldn't believe anyone that an IDP wasn't needed with a Thai licence ( 5 year ). When she handed both over at Avis in UK the guy gave her back the IDP and said you don't need that, all the details we need are in english on your Thai licence.

If you are Thai and move long term to uk you can use your Thai licence for one year then you must take a UK driving test.

PS.

Its very likely a 2 year Thai licence won't be acceptable. The word temporary on it is taken as provisional in UK.

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You can use a Thai license for up to one year in the UK....

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