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Officials to mandate international driving licence for foreigners


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IDL onlly valid for 3 months in thailland. After that, have an accident and insurance co wont pay out.

So if you go for a visarun they start counting 3 months again for the IDL i guess.

I always hear it takes many hours of waiting and frustration to get a Thai DL.

I found the process pretty easy and not a big deal.

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Good idea, and I'm amazed they've never thought of it before. No IDP, no hire.

I've only just sent off my IDP renewal today. Had one for six years ever since I started riding a motorbike.

Only had to show it once, the cop just glanced at it (there's no Thai on it) and gave it straight back and let me go.

an IDP is only valid for one year and is not valid in the country it is issued in. Sounds as if you might have a phony one

Don't think an IDP is valid for more than 6 months here in Thailand, after that you must apply for a Thai DL.

But I must admit it's all as clear as mud ...

IDP is valid for a year. I've just converted my IDP ( issued Jan 2015 ) and UK licence into 2 year Thai car and motorbike licences. I had to provide a letter from immigration, medical certificate, and take a colour vision and peripheral vision test. Very straightforward
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Why don't we have IDL which is valid for longer then a year? I get tired of renewing it all the time.

I would get me a thai DL is they could speak english and don't let me wait many hours for nothing.

Maybe if you made the effort to ask in Thai, they would probably make the effort to find someone who speaks some English to help you. I expect you wouldn't have to wait ( longer than the Thais do) either.

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The International Driving Permit(IDP) does not allow you to drive a vehicle, it is a translation in multiple languages of your valid driving licence. You show the IDP together with your valid driving licence to the police on demand. You are allowed to drive as long as you have a valid driving licence from your own country. For insurance reasons you need to get a Thai driving licence after 3 months in Thailand.

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Good idea, and I'm amazed they've never thought of it before. No IDP, no hire.

I've only just sent off my IDP renewal today. Had one for six years ever since I started riding a motorbike.

Only had to show it once, the cop just glanced at it (there's no Thai on it) and gave it straight back and let me go.

So, how and where does one secure an International Driver permit if one is in Thailand?

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A valid Europe licence is all you need in Thailand to drive if your a tourist, same as a valid thai licence if you drive in the UK.

All part of some Vieanna agreement I believe Thailand and western countries signed up to.

As with many things here, it all depends on the officer officer on the scene. Sometimes your home country's license is fine. Other times it's not. Welcome to Thailand.

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I keep my original IDP (issued in Canada) in the glove box. It has been expired for about 8 years. Every time I get pulled over in one of the many road check points I just hand it to the cop who looks at it as if it were a three headed monkey, hands it back to me and says "go". Duh.

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I keep my original IDP (issued in Canada) in the glove box. It has been expired for about 8 years. Every time I get pulled over in one of the many road check points I just hand it to the cop who looks at it as if it were a three headed monkey, hands it back to me and says "go". Duh.

And what happens if you get into an accident, or, heaven forbid, kill or injure someone?

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I still have my regular Canadian drivers licence in my wallet. The last time I showed it to a cop, he wouldn't give it back until I gave him 200 baht. I also carry photocopies of my licence and if he diesn't like the IDP I'll show one if the photocopies, leaving the real original licence as a last resort and holding it up to the window so he doesn$t get his tea money hands on it. All the while being polite and courteous to the officer.

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So if a tourist goes to Phuket for a 3-4 holiday and want to rent a 125 cc motorcycle they need to have IDP ? They would need to apply in their home country ? Cost to do is more the the rental. Then if they come the next next, they need to apply again .....

I'm thinking it will not happen.

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There is no such thing as an International Driving Licence it is a only a 'Permit' which is a translation of your own current home driving licence. It is illegal to use it to drive with unless you have a current full licence from your country. If you get one from the UK it does not even have a Thai translation from English, so why on earth do they want you to have one here. In Thailand if you have a Thai licence then they will issue you a international permit if needed anyway.

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