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Department of Land Transport eases rules for licence renewal to mitigate virus risk

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The Department of Land Transport has suspended the need for written or practical tests for anyone renewing their driving licence between now and March 31. The department posted the decision on its Facebook page, saying tests are being cancelled in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

According to a Nation Thailand report, the suspension applies to the following categories:

  • Drivers whose licence expired over a year ago, but not more than 3 years ago, who are renewing between the dates of January 4 and March 31, 2021. These drivers will not need to sit a written test but will need to pass a physical check-up and classroom training.
  • Drivers whose licence expired over 3 years ago, who are renewing between the dates of January 4 and March 31, 2021, will not be required to take a driving test. However, they will need to pass a physical check-up, a written test, and classroom training.

The department adds that until March 31, it will accept recently expired doctor’s certificates and classroom training certificates when renewing licences. It says it has informed the Royal Thai Police that expired licences are valid for identification purposes until March 31.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Fred glue

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 11:45 am

    That’s a fair call, that will stop the rush of 20 people, that have a driver’s license,,, in Thailand. ??

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    Issan John

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Clear as mud.

    I’m happy to be corrected, but AFAIK all those who’ve had to renew their licences since the State of Emergency was declared have ALREADY been given an automatic extension until the State of Emergency is lifted (I wouldn’t want to be in the backlog 🙂 ) and this suspension isn’t new but dates back to May last year and is just extending the policy and ONLY applies to those who’ve let their licences expire from before that.

    If “tests are being cancelled in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19”, however hard I try I can’t see the logic in cancelling the only part of the process where candidates sit alone, in their own car, unable to infect anyone, but retaining the “written tests” and “classroom training” where all the candidates sit in a room, indoors, together.

    Ho hummm …..

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    Loren Young

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Have to renew mine this November, hopefully things will be back to normal by then.

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    gk

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    I think John it’s gone back to the renewal process that’s already in place. Meaning by appointment only like register one day come back later, masks and social distancing. No new tests only renewals. I had this last year renewal due April couldn’t renew until July. I had to watch the video, do the brake test, peripheral test , depth perception test.

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      Issan John

      Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks, but it’s still not clear as I know the appointment system was suspended after you did it last year – fortunately I’ve still got 3 years to go.

      I can think of few routine things more likely to be contagious than the peripheral vision test 🙂

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