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The 1 year temporary is now a 2 year temporary allowing more time for the learner to get proficient (HAHA)

 

Also I believe this year they will start requiring a certificate from a officially licensed driving school to get the license.

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Issuance of driving licenses to be tightened to improve road safety

 

BANGKOK: -- The Transport Ministry is amending a ministerial regulation to tighten up the issuance of driving licenses and the renewal of driving licenses by making in mandatory for the applicants to attend a training session of up to 15 hours instead of just 3-4 hours as it is the case now.

 

See the full story here.

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21 hours ago, KhunBENQ said:

Ouch.

That's a pitty.

Not blocked for Thailand but seemingly not paid his bill at the Russian hoster.

 

Well it's up and working again now so maybe he paid. Or could it be that an administrator saw it as not proper and broke the link only to realize later that it's not the official test and was actually taken for a very old Thai government document which is no longer relevant?
In either case, because the Thais seem intent on making everything official  difficult for foreigners by not having native English speakers write English documents for them, I'm personally grateful to the guy who went to the trouble of putting it together as it's great beginners guide for those foreigners wanting apply for a Thai drivers licence.
The guy has clarified that it's not the test one would do when making the application so there's nothing illegal or anything to suggest cheating in any way.

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1 hour ago, kellio said:

was actually taken for a very old Thai government document which is no longer relevant?

In 2015 I used the 90 questions for preparation and could bet that I was not surprised by new questions.

I did some quick searches for such questions at the DLT site to no avail.

 

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6 minutes ago, KhunBENQ said:

In 2015 I used the 90 questions for preparation and could bet that I was not surprised by new questions.

I did some quick searches for such questions at the DLT site to no avail.

 

I know.
It's crazy that  far as I know, you can't download an English version of Thai road rules to study before you apply as you can in other countries.
You have to sit in a room with a bunch of "Learners" for around 5 hours watching videos that no Thais take any notice of anyway when driving.
Even if you can prove you've been driving in your own country for 50 years and like in Australia, the rules are the same.

 

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Here is more information for those who are preparing for the exam for Driving License in Thailand.

 

1) Required documents for application - DocsRequired.pdf

2) Information for driving tests - DrivingTestInfo.pdf

3) Examples of documents (medical certificate, embassy, etc.) ExamplesOfDocs.pdf

4) 44 practical with Pictures to prepare for Driving Exam - ExamQuestions.pdf

5) 128 theory questions to prepare for Driving Exam - GeneralRules.pdf

6) 28 questions from Motor Act 2552 to prepare for Driving Exam - MotorAct2522(1979)Questions.pdf

7) ~100 questions on Traffic Signs to prepare for Driving Exam - TrafficSigns.pdf

 

The process is quite easy, good and very detailed instruction is posted here (applicable for all Thailand): https://iglu.net/how-to-get-a-thai-driving-license/

 

Overall costs ~ 600-800 THB (depends on medical certificate).

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Best option for medical is head to Bangchak BTS station, and go down to ground level, on RHS (if coming from OnNut). Clinic is almost where the escalator goes up to the BTS station. They charge an unbeatable Bt100 - remember to take your passport.

Then cross over to other other side, and either catch motorbike (20 - 25 Baht) or walk to the testing station.

In the vision test, I had great trouble aligning the 2 sticks,  and seeing peripheral colours from the side, but eventually was passed.

As stated before, if you have your IDP, passport & work permit,  just require copies of relevant pages  - I signed each copy to be sure. Went in at about 12.30, out at about 3pm. Was lucky that I managed to locate an application form from the desk (on left hand side) during lunch, when no assistance was available, wrote my name and telephone number at the top, and then headed to counter 9 during lunch.

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I am approaching my second five-year renewal for my auto and motorcycle licenses.

 

Can anyone describe the current renewal process? It used to involve a vision test, and a response test. Has that been expanded at all?

 

And I've seen some "check-lists" which say that a medical certificate is NOT needed for a five year renewal. Is that correct?

 

 

I found this list in one of the links provided in this thread, which seems to suggest that a medical certificate is not required for a second (+) five-year renewal. And just the "physical" test(s), I guess.


IN CASE OF FOREIGNER RENEW THAI DRIVING LICENCE [BY YOURSELF]
FIVE-YEARS DRIVING LICENCE
HAVE TO PREPARE THE DOCUMENTS AS FOLLOW

1 ORIGINAL FIVE-YEARS THAI DRIVING LICENCE
2 PASSPORT WITH NON-IMMIGRANT VISA (ORIGINAL AND PHOTO COPY)
3 ORIGINAL PRESENT RESIDENT ADDRESS IN THAILAND CERTIFY FROM EMBASSY / IMMIGRATION BUREAU (VALID FOR 1 YEAR) OR WORK PERMIT WITH ORIGINAL AND PHOTO COPY

PROCEDURE

1 CHECK THE DOCUMENTS
2 PRINT THE APPLICATION FORM
3 TAKE ONLY A PHYSICAL TEST

 

Is there a link to the PDF for the "Application Form"? I couldn't find it.

 

 

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Just got my Thai vehicle drivers License in Issan. I needed documentation of where I reside in Thailand, Doctors note,International Drivers License,USA drivers license and a passport. I didn't have to take a exam,listen to a several hour speech or a driving test.

I had to take the color test (red,green,yellow) and a reaction test(brake and acceleration reaction).Because I had a METV I needed my GF to sign as a guaranty.

 

This License is valid for 2 years. After 2 years I will get a 5 year renewal .  

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Spent the morning reading up on this again, as I can never seem to remember what I need when it's time to renew. Seems to always be more confusing than it needs to be, so here are the best two links I found to simplify things.

 

Thai Department of Land Transport page on renewing license, with links on that page as to how to get a new license.

 

https://www.dlt.go.th/en/renew-license/

 

US Embassy in Thailand page for US citizens wanting to get a Thai drivers license.  Click the link near the bottom of the page to expand the license procedures guidelines, which includes a link to the form needed to show residence in Thailand.

 

https://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/local-resources-of-u-s-citizens/driving-in-thailand/

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I just came back from the DLT at Bangchak.

Just a few recommendations for Europeans.

If you have a driving license from Europe - even the latest credit card size model - you will have to get an English translation of your license.

Pretty ridiculous, because like 95% of everything written on the driving license is either a name, a number (dates) or a pictogram. Only some standard words like "name", "surname", "date of birth" etc. could be in French, Italian, Dutch or whatever. Also, there are about 700.000.000 Europeans, so you would think that after seeing a few thousands of European model driving licenses, they would accept that  we all use the same model. No need to translate "naam" in "name"...

Anyway, I thought I could overcome this obstacle by presenting them - together with my (European model) national driving license - a valid International Driving License. Everything in English, everybody happy. Nope. My valid international driving license was a license following an international convention of 1968.

"Aha, but Thailand only recognized a 1949 international convention."  "Yes but you can see this one is in English and exactly the same as my European."  "Yes but I cannot accept."

So, you'll have to ask your embassy to give you a list of approved translators. Have your national license translated in English (NOT in Thai) by one of their approved translators, and get your embassy to stamp and sign the translation (no formal legalization; normally free of charge).

 

As for the certificate of residence, you can get this at immigration or at your embassy. If you get it at your embassy and you still have your domicile in your home country, they can only legalize an affidavit (like a legally binding declaration by which you declare living at a certain address). Ask them to put the legalization formula on the front of the document. If it is a kind of "sticker" they attach to the backside of the document (like in my case), you could be sent back to your embassy because there is no signature or embassy stamp on the frontside.

 

More info about the procedure at Bangchak: http://www.adventurefamilylife.com/expat-guide-thai-drivers-license/

 

 

 

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