Thinking of applying for a Thai Driving License? Here’s what you need to know.
If you plan to drive a car in Thailand, you should obtain a Thai driving license. Besides ensuring that you drive in the country legally, it also assures that a car insurance policy fully covers you. In addition, you can use it as an ID card issued by the government.
Getting a Thai driving license is pretty straightforward. It can be done in a day, costs only a few hundred baht, and you can use it in 10 ASEAN countries.
To apply for a Thai driving license, you have to be at least 18 years old, hold a valid non-immigrant visa, and in good physical and mental health. In some cases, you may be able to apply for a Thai driving license with a tourist visa.
The Department of Land Transport issue the Thai driving license. The offices can be found throughout Thailand.
Before you go to the Department of Land Transport office, make sure to book an appointment online with the DLT SMART QUEQUE application, which is available in both iOS and Android.
Make sure to go to the Department of Land Transport office early in the morning so you can finish everything within a day.
If you don’t want to handle the entire process yourself, you can work with an agency to help you get your driving license. They will take care of everything for you, including filling out paperwork and helping you prepare for the test.
You can also apply for a Thai driving license at a government-approved driving school.
The required documents are subject to change. Therefore, it is best to check with the Department of Land Transport before applying for your Thai driving license.
In general, however, the documents you need for a driving license are as follows:
In addition to the documents above, it is a good idea to bring your valid international driver’s license with a signed copy (if you have one) or a regular driver’s license from your home country certified by the embassy or consulate.
Copy and sign all of the required documents before you come to the Department of Land Transport. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Once you have all of the required documents ready, submit the documents to the nearest Department of Land Transport Office to your location.
After your documents have been approved and stamped, you will have to take several tests.
If you already have an international driver’s license or a driver’s license from your home country, you usually don’t need to take the theory and practical driving tests. The tests you need to complete and pass in order to obtain a Thai driving license include:
Find an agent to help you with all of the process, from preparing for the test to filling out the forms.
The procedure of getting a motorcycle license is almost the same as applying for a driving license. You will have to provide the same documents and take the same physical tests for color blindness, reflex, and peripheral. You will also have to take the same theory test. However, the driving test is different.
For the driving test, you can use your own bike or rent one for 50 Baht. You will need to drive over a narrow path and stop at stop signs.
The cost of obtaining a Thai driving license is very affordable.
Keep in mind that this is only the cost of the license. You may have to pay other fees for the required documents. For example: