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Looking at getting a Thai drivers Licence. TV says I need doctors cert. and letter of residency among other thing. Has this been CR locals experiences. Hoping to avoid a trip to MaeSai if possible. Would a lease work. Any helpful hints. I did not realize that insurance may not be valid w/o one.

helpful hints - if any

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Got both types a few months ago in Chiang Mai.

>I have a retirement visa

>I have a valid and current US drivers license for both auto and motorcycle.

>I went to a medical clinic where a doctor asked me a few questions then gave me his stamp of approval. I got 2 copies of the form, one for auto, one for motor license.

>I had to fill out a form at the US Consulate, don't remember exactly what it said but it was an easy document to fill out. Had to have it notorized, Thai License department copied for me which saved me double notory fee.

>At the Thai License office I had to do a reaction test, sat in a chair and stomped on a brake pedal when a red light flashed. It was a timed test. I passed.

>Had to pay for each license, not much, each under 200bt.

>License good for 1 year then renewable for 5 years.

Hope this helps, Shamas O'D

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It's news to me that insurance is invalid without a Thai driver's license.

Could be time to read the fine print on our insurance contract. :huh:

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Thai licence is needed for people staying over 6 months.

If doing visa runs every 90 days, you probs don't need it.

If doing 90 day reports, you probs do need it.

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I've Lived here for 17 years and never have had a Thai Licence. When asked at police checks I flashed my UK/Europe one, every time the police officer's eyes (who rarely can read English) glaze over and I've been waved on with a smile. TIT (This is Thailand)

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I'm sure there's a pinned topic on this somewhere on ThaiVisa.

I've got a step by step "how to get a Thai driver's license" hidden in the bowels of my files somewhere too. Or maybe it's on one of the flash drives... :(

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<BR>Got both types a few months ago in Chiang Mai.<BR><BR>>I have a retirement visa<BR>>I have a valid and current US drivers license for both auto and motorcycle.<BR>>I went to a medical clinic where a doctor asked me a few questions then gave me his stamp of approval.   I got 2 copies of the form, one for auto, one for motor license.<BR>>I had to fill out a form at the US Consulate, don't remember exactly what it said but it was an easy document to fill out.   Had to have it notorized, Thai License department copied for me which saved me double notory fee.<BR>>At the Thai License office I had to do a reaction test, sat in a chair and stomped on a brake pedal when a red light flashed.   It was a timed test.  I passed.<BR>>Had to pay for each license, not much, each under 200bt.<BR>>License good for 1 year then renewable for 5 years.<BR><BR>Hope this helps, Shamas O'D<BR>
<BR>Pretty much the same here in Chiang Rai except we go to Maisai for the residency permit.<BR>The doctors certificate shouldn't be any more than 50 baht, use to be 20 baht.<BR>I asked my insurance company, AIG about the need for a Thai licence and they said, it could be an issue if there was any claim so I advise you strongly if you are driving in Thailand, get a driving licence.<BR>It's not difficult to get .<BR><BR><BR>

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From what I understand, an International Driving Permit is required, coupled with your home country licence. The IDP is valid for one year, however, it is only valid for continuous use in one country for 3 months, so, I would imagine, technically speaking, after that your insurance may well be invalidated. This is the kind of thing that can only be found out the hard way so, if you can get one ( a Thai licence) I reckon you should.

With regard to the residence letter in Mai Sai, what did you need to provide in order to get it? Was it at a police station or an immigration office? Did you use Mai Sai because it can only be obtained there or because it's the nearest one to your home?

Cheers,

Biff

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There you go, all 25 glorious pages of it.

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With regard to the residence letter in Mai Sai, what did you need to provide in order to get it? Was it at a police station or an immigration office? Did you use Mai Sai because it can only be obtained there or because it's the nearest one to your home?

Cheers,

Biff

For the residence letter you need either a signed rental agreement or if you have a partner, the house and land papers and the form stating you are resident at the given address, filled in and signed by partner.

The form looks like this.

http://www.immigration.go.th/nov2004/download/res_cert.doc

I am not 100% sure if they will accept the downloaded application form or not.

If you are going to Maisai better to bring, wife or landlord and all documentation.

The first time I went I forgot to bring the wife:annoyed: and had to go back again.

If anyone is going to Maisai in the next few days maybe they can get a form for you.

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I've Lived here for 17 years and never have had a Thai Licence. When asked at police checks I flashed my UK/Europe one, every time the police officer's eyes (who rarely can read English) glaze over and I've been waved on with a smile. TIT (This is Thailand)

This goes for me too, I have lived here for only three years and just got my thai drivers license here in Chaiyaphum. I have been stoped numerous times. And they only look quickly at it, not able to read or understand whatever it says.

But having that said, count the times that I have NOT been stoped at controls. It it like 99% of all times. Open window, show your face, OK falang go ahead....

But thai driver license gives you something extra. At least it feels like that. When authorities look at it you are given much more respect, and are not treated exactly that shitty as being an tourist.

Glegolo

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My wife says that they almost always wave farangs on so as to avoid speaking English.

Having said that I have been stopped, questioned and the car thoroughly searched with no comment made that I only had an Australian license and passport to present.

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You do need that trip to Mae sai. The other way to get that certificate with your address is to contact your embassy/consulate. They can issue this as well.

It is always up to the local authorities how they handle the rules. I think in chiang rai province you do need all your paperwork ok before going. Or you will be send back. At mae sai immigration office, they also charge 100 baht for this document. And they do not give you a receive.

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