Speedboat driver’s license
To drive a speedboat in Thailand, you must have a Helmsman Level 2 license issued by the Marine Office. To be issued a Helmsman Level 2 license you must pass a written test of 40 questions and pass an oral exam of five questions to prove that you understand boat operating regulations in Thailand. A copy of these regulations is available in Thai only at the Phuket Marine Office. However, the written and oral tests can be taken in Thai or English. When applying, you will need to bring to the Phuket Marine Office: • Three two-inch photos • Either your passport or your Thai ID card. If you are a foreigner, you must also bring a letter from a consulate or embassy of your home country verifying that the passport is genuine, accurate and valid. • If you are a foreigner, you must bring a letter issued by an Immigration Office confirming your address in Thailand. This letter must also be verified by a consulate or embassy of your home country. Thais must produce their house registration paper. • A medical certificate verifying that your are fit to drive a boat. • Proof that you have at least two years’ experience in basic seamanship. This requires a signed and dated letter from the owner of a boat that you have learned on. It is not neccessary to have learned on a Thai-registered boat, but the boat must have been registered somewhere for at least two years. You will need to bring a copy of the boat’s registration, signed and dated by the owner of the boat, as well as a signed and dated copy of his or her passport or Thai ID card. Please note that while Marine Office regulations do not stipulate what type or size of vessels are appropriate for you to have gained experience on, these factors will be considered in the decision whether to issue you a license. You will also need to bring one copy of all documents submitted with your application.
Kittipong Wasukri, Officer, Phuket Marine Office.