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Rent a car in the U.S. with a Thailand driver's licence?


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17 hours ago, JTXR said:

Can it be done? 

Its a lot easier to get an International license----(from same place you get your Thai license) I did this 2 years ago in Oz as my license there had expire.

Recognized in most all countries.

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27 minutes ago, sanuk711 said:

Its a lot easier to get an International license----(from same place you get your Thai license) I did this 2 years ago in Oz as my license there had expire.

Recognized in most all countries.

Yes, in normal times, but there's no telling now when DLT will be open and issuing international licenses again.

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There have been many, many, many confirmations of this here. Obviously thousands of Thai people go to the U.S. and rent cars.

 

You should be prepared to deal with the insurance question at the counter. Obviously not an issue of you take coverage, but if you waive it you may be asked further questions. I have been since ~ 2016-ish.

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Most of the rental car agencies have web sites now a days. With tons of information.  This whole intere web thing is really  starting to take off. Now if people would only know how to use it. 

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I’ve done it in Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco (using places like Hertz, Dollar and Enterprise) and never been denied.

 

Enterprise did initially have an issue, but after they called the local DMV for guidance on the legality of me (as a US citizen but non-resident of that state where the rental took place) using a Thai license, they were more than happy to accommodate me.

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1 hour ago, JTXR said:

Yes, in normal times, but there's no telling now when DLT will be open and issuing international licenses again.

What area are they closed in, because- " I thought" -they were always issuing Licenses ----just the driving test was halted. I renewed for 5 years last month. Small sub office Udon--Just 30 people a day when I went--go in A.M. appointment for the afternoon session ---watch Video etc.

 

DLT offices are now open for pre-booked applicants who have applied without needing a driving test, such as those renewing a driving license. ...thainews.prd.go.th › detail › TCATG200608162333496.

 

 

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2 hours ago, sanuk711 said:

Its a lot easier to get an International license----(from same place you get your Thai license) I did this 2 years ago in Oz as my license there had expire.

Recognized in most all countries.

I'm a U.S. Expat and have been living and working abroad for the last 30 odd years.  In the U.S. no international license is required.  Just present your Thai Driving License and they don't bat an eye.  As another poster stated, and as is true in most countries, so long as the driving license you have is currently valid and in both English and your host country's language, you are good to go.  International Driving Licenses were essentially to translate your host country's language and are no longer required if your host country includes English on their driving licenses, which Thailand does.  These days IDLs are still hawked by the tourist/travel industry to generate profits.  You can get one if that gives you peace of mind, and I get that, but it is not required in the U.S.

 

And hey, they figure if you can survive driving here, you can survive on U.S. roads!  🙂 

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1 hour ago, Thai Dan said:

I'm a U.S. Expat and have been living and working abroad for the last 30 odd years.  In the U.S. no international license is required.  Just present your Thai Driving License and they don't bat an eye.  As another poster stated, and as is true in most countries, so long as the driving license you have is currently valid and in both English and your host country's language, you are good to go.  International Driving Licenses were essentially to translate your host country's language and are no longer required if your host country includes English on their driving licenses, which Thailand does.  These days IDLs are still hawked by the tourist/travel industry to generate profits.  You can get one if that gives you peace of mind, and I get that, but it is not required in the U.S.

 

And hey, they figure if you can survive driving here, you can survive on U.S. roads!  🙂 

 

The International Driving License that many are referring to here is really not a license; it's a "permit "which essentially is a translation document only valid when presented along with the original driver's license. So, as Thai Dan correctly pointed out, if the regular license is in English, you do not need the IDP.

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