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5-year licence renewal - my Sept. 2020 experience

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I know there are several similar threads, but I just wanted to start this one to inform anyone who cares or needs the information.

My 5 year licence expired at the end of June, but with Covid I waited until late August to sort it out. I know that it's possible to login online, using your passport number plus a couple of XXs or whatever. I started the process and it took me to some learning or training page so I gave up. My wife went to the DoT in Suan Phak, Taling Chan* and they told her I could just turn up. I did just that, armed with my passport and work permit, and photocopies. Needing two licences (bike and car) I needed more copies, which included every page of my work permit (21 years!). After going back in, and sitting in a couple of queues for around an hour, they gave me an appointment date and time(s). That was for yesterday.

 

I needed my original passport and work permit for every visit.

 

*At every stage of the process the staff were nice, friendly and helpful. There is a new system in a new building and it all works very well.

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I arrived yesterday on time and sat for no more than half an hour in a queue. They sent me to the 'physical test' room, which is the bit I dreaded due to the depth perception test that for me is incredibly hard. No more than 10 of us were in there together but I was the last and in the waiting room they show a video of how the test works. I really wanted to watch the bit about depth perception, but I didn't get chance. I did watch the bit about red-light brake reaction, which we will get to.

Inside the physical test room we did the colour test from approx 3 metres.

Then the peripheral vision test.

Then the depth perception, which I failed twice and probably a 3rd time but being the final person going through I feel that she wanted me out of the way. It really (for me) is incredibly hard and I can't see how I'm that blind (pun unintended, but staying).

Brake reaction equipment was there, but not used. Hey, who needs to test things like that!?

I was told to come back at 1pm for 'training' which I presumed was the famous video. At this stage I was still unsure if I had passed the depth perception, which I had. 🤞🏻

 

1pm came and we went into the video room. There were 24 of us, although only 21 at the start because why would you be on time? 3 came late. Oh, and the main guy staff showed 'lesser staff' how to press play on the video. They then both walked out after having told us not to use phones.  Did they monitor us not using phones? Of course not! This was my 3rd video (4th or 5th 5-year licence) and I was looking forward to it. 😉 Now, if I was in charge, I would spy on the 'viewers' and anyone who doesn't pay attention would get a 'go back to start, do not collect $200' ticket, but TiT.

 

So, the video. They told us it'd be an hour, but it appeared to end after 35 minutes but in the end took nearly an hour.

 

The video story is a young attractive Thai girl who's a newish driver, and a 40-50 year old Thai guy who shows her a few home truths. It was sweet enough and not too painful to watch. At one stage her speedo was showing 110km/h and he told her it's too fast. But the car was travelling at 25km/h tops!

 

They talked about braking distances, speed limits etc and crash stats. Stats included 'presumed' figures of injuries, deaths and causes of accidents.

In the top 10, 'not wearing a helmet' was a cause of accidents. 🤔 Not sure it's a cause, but hey!

They claimed that 57,000 were injured on Thai roads per year, and 7,700 die! Not sure where they get those figures.


Then, like the last times, they force you to watch videos of crashes. It was a YouTube video and NONE of the drivers, cars or roads in the video were in Thailand. Many were in countries where they drive on the wrong side. Some clips were real and others acted out. A couple of acted out clips included a Ford XR3i running into an Austin Metro! Like, how old is that? All this is totally irrelevant on Thai roads.

 

At the end, the video appeared to 'finish'... then they went into a 'bloopers' section in the corner of the screen... so it's finished, right?

Then they showed what appeared to be the opening scene of Need for Speed or some other video racing game with crashes.

 

Then 10 more minutes of real road crashes, about 50-60% appeared to be in Thailand. I hate seeing real crashes where people get hurt or die. But they played many, time and time again, slowed down and focussing on the person being killed. Did they ask for or get permission from the victims' families? I very much doubt it.

 

The video was all in Thai with English subtitles. At times it was hard to keep up and some dodgy vocab was involved, but in general it was easy enough to follow and quite well translated.

 

And getting back to the use of phones, well out of 24 of us most behaved. The girl right in front of me scrolled through Instagram and online shopping, and two guys to the right of me were sleeping and reading a book!

 

I do appreciate that them making efforts and steps forward, and the staff and facilities were great. But they could and should spend more time editing the video, and policing people paying attention.

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Surely none of it was a surprise ..this is Thailand !!

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On 9/17/2020 at 9:13 AM, 2long said:

And getting back to the use of phones, well out of 24 of us most behaved. The girl right in front of me scrolled through Instagram and online shopping, and two guys to the right of me were sleeping and reading a book!

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Hmmm, you had to have been playing with your phone to take the pictures, yes?

 

As I understand it, you can watch the video at home if you want to get in an out quicker.

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22 hours ago, Yellowtail said:

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Hmmm, you had to have been playing with your phone to take the pictures, yes?

 

As I understand it, you can watch the video at home if you want to get in an out quicker.

All I can say is at Pattaya DLT when I renewed last week I only watched about a 30/40 minute video completely in English. No car crashes and to be fair a lot of the information was very relevant. Not had to view one before so this was no hardship. All the people in the room were foreigners. 

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33 minutes ago, topt said:

All I can say is at Pattaya DLT when I renewed last week I only watched about a 30/40 minute video completely in English. No car crashes and to be fair a lot of the information was very relevant. Not had to view one before so this was no hardship. All the people in the room were foreigners. 

Yes me also last week. First time I'd had to watch the new video in English, and actually it was well done and very relevant. 

Arrived at 8am and was out by 10.30am.

Actually for the relatively small space upstairs and only a few staff, they do a very good job.

They did seem to separate foreigners and Thai, probably to make it easier for the instructions. Also seemed to separate 5 year and 2 year renewals.

Anyway I thought 2 1/2 hours every 5 years can't be too bad.

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On 9/18/2020 at 7:32 PM, Yellowtail said:

 

As I understand it, you can watch the video at home if you want to get in an out quicker.

How can I watch the video at home? 

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The appointment system is a great success if it keeps the numbers down.  My licence expired at the end of August, and the first appointment I could get (for Bang Chak, Bangkok) was 24 December!

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33 minutes ago, brewsterbudgen said:

The appointment system is a great success if it keeps the numbers down.  My licence expired at the end of August, and the first appointment I could get (for Bang Chak, Bangkok) was 24 December!

I think that if you can get by in Thai it might be worth just turning up and seeing if they can squeeze you in. I am lucky in that I live less than 10 minutes from my local office.

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5 hours ago, Oldie said:

How can I watch the video at home? 

From the DLT website. It works, but in retrospect, it was not worth the effort. 

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3 hours ago, 2long said:

I think that if you can get by in Thai it might be worth just turning up and seeing if they can squeeze you in. I am lucky in that I live less than 10 minutes from my local office.

Thats what I have always done in the past and tagged along with a Thai group - there’s usually at least one other foreigner doing the same (DLT Area 3 Bangkok). 

 

The Video in Thai also has English Subtitles.

 

I’m guessing the necessity for an appointment is a response to keep the numbers down during Covid-19. A few people have already reported that while they had an appointment a few months down the line, they just turned up and were accommodated. 

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33 minutes ago, Yellowtail said:

From the DLT website. It works, but in retrospect, it was not worth the effort. 

If I don't have to watch it there I will save some time - somebody drives me there. But is there an English version and can I register with the passport number or how do I register that they know that I have watched it? And do I have to watch it 2 times if I want to renew the car and motorbike license? 

 

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I guess you got the Miss Manao version. Classic. I will have to go to Pattaya DLT soon to get the appointment, from what I've read it'll be sometime in November. License goes old this week. I suppose no problem if stopped by BiB?

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42 minutes ago, Oldie said:

If I don't have to watch it there I will save some time - somebody drives me there. But is there an English version and can I register with the passport number or how do I register that they know that I have watched it? And do I have to watch it 2 times if I want to renew the car and motorbike license? 

 

 

The registration is in Thai and I used the DL number and the pink-ID number. It took over a half hour to register and my wife helps me.

 

There is a three question at the end and then (assuming you pass) you print out your conformation. 

 

 

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25 minutes ago, Yellowtail said:

 

The registration is in Thai and I used the DL number and the pink-ID number. It took over a half hour to register and my wife helps me.

 

There is a three question at the end and then (assuming you pass) you print out your conformation. 

 

 

Great - thank you. How can I get a pink-ID number? Who will translate for me Thai to English when using this site? Forget it. I will watch the video there. 😭

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6 minutes ago, Oldie said:

Great - thank you. How can I get a pink-ID number? Who will translate for me Thai to English when using this site? Forget it. I will watch the video there. 😭

Exactly. 

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