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Got my first Thai car and motorbike license. Crazy that you pass the test without going on a public road.....

 

Oh well TIT....

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11 hours ago, stament said:

Got my first Thai car and motorbike license. Crazy that you pass the test without going on a public road.....

 

Oh well TIT....

Now you know why Thailand has the one of the highest accident rate in the world.

 

http://www.searo.who.int/thailand/areas/roadsafety/en/

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21 hours ago, stament said:

Got my first Thai car and motorbike license. Crazy that you pass the test without going on a public road.....

 

Oh well TIT....

Well if you previously had a licence quite understandable.A word of advice if you havent been here long ,practice defensive driving ie treat everyone else on the road as a potential idiot as many are,you will live longer.

 

2 weeks ago,going around the moat in heavy traffic, a 30 ish Thai guy in huge pick up with bull bars u turned & back ended us in his pretty new ,uninsured vehicle .I saw it coming and managed to accelerate forward without hitting the car in front of me.He offered to pay 1,000 baht cash for our damage which my wife & i  just laughed at and she demanded to see his ID card and licence while she was on the phone to our insurance people .My wife is normally very quiet and polite but she gave this guy both barrels,she kept his ID card and gave it to the Ins guy who quickly came by motor bike.

 

The  excuse from him was was he was off to see his mother (huh) and he said he worked for the Government as if we would be impressed.He refused to pay the Insurance company more even he admitted fault so our Insurance guy said "ok we will leave it to the police "he suddenly had a change of heart.

 

Only relating this long drawn out episode to illustrate what can happen to anyone.We lost our car for a week and were house bound while it was repaired.Dont try to take action yourself if you are in an accident leave it up to the insurance people.Chok dee

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Just to clarify Medical certificate for renewals ( as across different post's some say required and others say not required.  
Did my 5 year renewal today. Not required 100%.

So a big thumbs up for me for not going and getting one like I did the last two 5 yr renewals 🙂 
There's even a big requirements board (top of stairs, immediate left) that states, YES you need it for initial ONE year licence and NOT on list of requirements for FIVE year licence and subsequent renewals.
Residence Cert Original (or work permit or Yellow book & copies)
Passport
Drivers and/or Riders Licences
Copy of passport Facepage
Copy of Visa or visa extension page
Copy of last entry stamp
Copy of TM6 Departure Card
Extra copies id both drivers & riders licences and residence cert
Procedure:
Have all the above ready to roll or do the copies there (far end of 2nd floor)
Go to info desk, they'll check you have evertything and give  you form/s (only have to sign and add tel no)
Go to Desk 27 to submit paperwork and they will give you queue no ( I went in the morning and was given a number but told to come back at 1.
Next step they call out a group ( by queue no eg.1 to 75) to go behind  Desk 27 and do a colour vision test and a brake response test.
You will then collect your paperwork and head to a nominated room.
Most likely it will be to room 3 for Road safety/rules/etiquette videos in English ( the last 3 times I did them in room 2 in Thai, just as boring but a few road rules I never picked up when watching the thai version)
After the video you head back to desk 27 and have a new number which is the cashiers number....after your number has been called and you pay head back to the opening beside desk 27 and use the same number for the new queue which is the photo and the licence printing. And then your set!!!!
Fees ( I think car the same and motorbike went up, but not sure):
Application Form 5 Baht per licence
Private Drivers 500 Baht
Private Riders 250 Baht
Total for both licences 760 Baht

Notes.
My licence expired last week and I got the next 5 birthdays method, so effectively a 6 year expiring in 2568 (2025)
For whatever reason this was the first time I never had to do the regular eye test (ABC, gor gai kor kai, numbers etc).....not that I was worried, my long vision is perfect but arms aren't long enough to read without glasses nowadays 😞 
Hope this is of use to someone.
Don't go the day after a public holiday....it was still quite breezy but took a tad longer than my other times

 

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So for a new 1 year renewal motorcycle, is it best to go after your license expires? I road for years being illegal and can't quite remember. The car I did in time last time.. 

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Does anyone have recent experience of getting a motorbike license when using a license from another country to avoid doing the vison tests?  Someone on Facebook said he got a Thai Driver's license without having to do the color or depth-perception tests. He just showed his American license and was given a Thai license straight away. Everything I've read says that everyone has to do the color and depth-perception tests.

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I very much doubt he was just given a license.

Does anyone have recent experience of getting a motorbike license when using a license from another country to avoid doing the vison tests?  Someone on Facebook said he got a Thai Driver's license without having to do the color or depth-perception tests. He just showed his American license and was given a Thai license straight away. Everything I've read says that everyone has to do the color and depth-perception tests.


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Just to clarify Medical certificate for renewals ( as across different post's some say required and others say not required.  
Did my 5 year renewal today. Not required 100%.

I renewed my licenses a couple of months ago, it was a requirement... so I guess it might depends on the office person you are talking to. As usual, I take my whole folder of admin paper when dealing with Thai administration...just in case...

On 4/9/2019 at 6:21 PM, bloody tiger said:

Just to clarify Medical certificate for renewals ( as across different post's some say required and others say not required.  
Did my 5 year renewal today. Not required 100%.

 

I renewed my licenses just before Songkran, it was a requirement... so I guess it might depends on the office person you are talking to. As usual, I take my whole folder of admin paper when dealing with Thai administration, just in case.

 

However, my renewal (car and motorbike) took 30 minutes all together; gave papers at desk 27, did colour check. Wait 5 minutes, get my forms back; pay (don't remember how much, but less than you maybe 300 and 150 ?), then wait another 10 minutes to get my license. jop.

 

On 5/7/2019 at 8:21 AM, holy cow cm said:

So for a new 1 year renewal motorcycle, is it best to go after your license expires? I road for years being illegal and can't quite remember. The car I did in time last time.. 

My motorcycle license was out of date by a couple of months, it doesn't seem to bother them as long as you don't get stopped by the cops. The car was expired a couple of weeks earlier.  Officially, there is a limit for the expiration date however (6 months or maybe 1 year late) where you have to do extra steps. In real, for Thais at least, I don't think they care.

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28 minutes ago, XLance said:

I renewed my licenses a couple of months ago, it was a requirement... so I guess it might depends on the office person you are talking to. As usual, I take my whole folder of admin paper when dealing with Thai administration...just in case...

I renewed my licenses just before Songkran, it was a requirement... so I guess it might depends on the office person you are talking to. As usual, I take my whole folder of admin paper when dealing with Thai administration, just in case.

 

However, my renewal (car and motorbike) took 30 minutes all together; gave papers at desk 27, did colour check. Wait 5 minutes, get my forms back; pay (don't remember how much, but less than you maybe 300 and 150 ?), then wait another 10 minutes to get my license. jop.

 

My motorcycle license was out of date by a couple of months, it doesn't seem to bother them as long as you don't get stopped by the cops. The car was expired a couple of weeks earlier.  Officially, there is a limit for the expiration date however (6 months or maybe 1 year late) where you have to do extra steps. In real, for Thais at least, I don't think they care.

So business as usual. Expired within reason just go and get the license renewed with no big deal.

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