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Hi! 

Anyone knows the actual requirements for renewing a 2 years licence to a 5 year? 

My original 2 years temporary licence was done on a single entry tv - no problems at all. Last week I went to Buriram LTO to get a 5 years licence. I was told that it can only be done with an annual visa or extension in your passport. My annual extension based upon marriage is under way. I have an under consideration stamp in my passport 'till 26 oct. She wouldn't accept it.

Now I am without a licence until I get my stamp in my passport. 

Do you know if the woman at the office followed the standard procedure or just making up her rules? Last time I had zero problems with a tourist visa.

Thanks for your input.

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Thai law are you joking the DLT lady is the law. If you want a 5 year DL you'll have to wait until you're passport is stamped up like DLT lady said or you can get another 2 year one. 

You could get another 2 year one.    

I wouldn't worry too much about it. You can renew up to a year after the expiry date with no penalties. Wait for your extension, then do it. 

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3 minutes ago, Kwasaki said:

You could get another 2 year one.

 

 

For a 5 year one an annual visa extension actually required by law? Do you know? 

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1 minute ago, Bigz said:

For a 5 year one an annual visa extension actually required by law? Do you know? 

This is the listed requirement on the DLT website;

 

"PASSPORT WITH NON-IMMIGRANT VISA (ORIGINAL AND PHOTO COPY)"

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16 minutes ago, Kwasaki said:

Thai law are you joking the DLT lady is the law.

If you want a 5 year DL you'll have to wait until you're passport is stamped up like DLT lady said or you can get another 2 year one. 

Thanks for your input. I just wanted to know if that's standard or the lady had a bad day. Upnotver gave me the answer so I guess I'll just wait until I get my stamp and have my wife drive my ass around whenever I feel like going to town.

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29 minutes ago, Upnotover said:

This is the listed requirement on the DLT website;

 

"PASSPORT WITH NON-IMMIGRANT VISA (ORIGINAL AND PHOTO COPY)"

Thanks

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I renewed both my motorbike and car DL last week, in Koh Samui, I went before to ask what was needed: a letter confirming my address  by the immigration and a medical certificate, my passport of course, with copies of the first page with my name and the page with my yearly extension.

Immigration asked me a photo and 500 Bahts nothing else the young lady asks my address verbally to my wife nothing more, she said for two DL ? I said yes, so she made two letters so two photos and 1000 Bahts, so when I went to the hospital for the medical certificate I asked for two certificates 500 Bahts.

But since it was the same day they told me one letter from the immigration and one medical certificate was enough, and after the 3 tests for colour reflex and depth perception I received both my five years DL.

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2 hours ago, Yellowtail said:

Driving on an expired license is not that big a deal, particularly with the ongoing covid debacle.

Agreed, and if you can get an appointment slip for the next visit to the Land Transport office that will act as a temporary licence, or so I was told in the Pattaya office. She told me to photograph the appointment paper and said it would be enough for the police as they could see you were trying to renew your licence, but I'm not sure how the insurance companies would feel about it in the event of an accident.

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2 hours ago, Yellowtail said:

Driving on an expired license is not that big a deal, particularly with the ongoing covid debacle.

Until you have an accident and find that your insurance is invalid! I think the O/P has a better idea. Let the wife do the driving.

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I just renewed my 5yr licence last week in Chiang Mai with a Marriage visa extension "under consideration" stamp in my passport - no problems.

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no problem really.  You can drive on the expired license with no problem for a year.  When you do go to do the new license, if it is after your birthday this year, you will get a 6 year driver's license.  As for having copies of anything, the license office in C/M has someone to make any and all copies needed of any documents for 1 baht per page.  No problems.

 

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