HOW TO GET A THAI DRIVING LICENCE?
Assistance Fee: 3,500 Baht
Getting a Thai Driving Licence for cars and motorbikes in Pattaya
Need help getting a Thai Drivers Licence in Pattaya? J & E Concierge is here to assist
We can assist Thai citizens and foreign Nationals in getting a Thai driving licence in Pattaya.
If you wish to be able to drive both cars and motorcycles in Thailand, then you’ll have to apply for 2 separate driving permits, and you’ll be issued 2 different physical cards.
You can use an International Driving Permit as a tourist, but if you’ve been in the country for 60 days or more then you are supposed to get a Thai Driving Licence in Pattaya.
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You can get a Thai Driving Licence by yourself, but the whole lengthy process can take a few hours to complete depending on the number of people applying on that particular day. The forms are written in Thai, so non-Thai-speakers its recommended that you take along a Thai speaker for interpretation and to help fill in the forms.
It is definitely a lot easier to let J & E Concierge assist you with the whole process. We have vast experience with the transport department and can easily obtain your Thai Driving Licence.
Thai National- Thai Driving Licence in Pattaya available every Wednesday.
Foreign National- Thai Driving Licence available every Tuesday and Friday.
We can also help with a motorbike driving licence, please phone for latest prices.
Do you need a Driving Licence in Thailand?
The most important reason for getting a Thai driving licence is to make sure your insurance stands up in case of an accident, even if you are fully insured, the insurance companies will not pay out unless you have a driving licence.
The second reason is to keep legal, make sure you will not be constantly fined when stopped by the police for not having a driving licence.
The third reason is if you have a Thai Driving licence you can often get entry into places that have dual pricing (one cheaper price for Thai, more expensive for foreigner) and pay the same as a Thai national would instead of the inflated ‘farang’ price. National parks, Fun parks and some Zoos are some examples of where there is usually dual pricing. You can also use your driving licence as ID to check into hotels.
Should I drive in Thailand?
Driving in Thailand can be done by tourists as long as you hold a valid driver’s license in English from your country of origin or a valid International driver’s license.
Traffic rules in theory apply internationally and so also in Thailand, but traffic behaviour in Thailand is rather different because people tend to bend the rules, so in daily practice traffic rules aren’t observed in the same way as in other countries and if you want to stay safe, you’d better be aware of how things are different here.
Why is it important to prepare for Thai traffic situations?
The Thai authorities monitor the number of traffic accidents and fatalities, especially in the so-called ‘Seven Dangerous Days of the Year’, which is the period around Western New Year, and the period around Thai New Year Songkran.
Many foreigners are involved in traffic accidents in Thailand, for the simple reason that they trusted international rules and were not accustomed to the ways in which driving is done here.
How is Thai traffic different?
So, while an international driver’s Range of Responsibility is 360 degrees, the Thai driver’s practical Range or Responsibility is at most about half of that. For example, at intersections without traffic lights typically you can observe that normal traffic rules don’t apply: traffic from the left is supposed to have priority, but in practice people just watch each others behaviour and the one who pushes on first often goes first. It is a constant give and take (sometimes more take than give), but in a more or less adaptive organic group process, rather than a strict demanding and judging based on rules.
When traffic gets jammed, some vehicles get tempted to overtake the entire queue by crossing over onto the other lane on the inside of a multilane road, so by going against the traffic direction (in Thai: ย้อนทาง or ขับรถย้อนทาง or more commonly ย้อนศร or ขับรถย้อนศร = driving against the traffic flow / arrows).
What traffic rules do not apply?
The so-called 2-seconds rule of keeping a proper distance between you and the vehicle in front of you that gives you 2 seconds to stop before reaching the point where the vehicle in front is, doesn’t work because especially in the city, within no time the gap between you and the vehicle in front will fill up with scooters and cars.
Gentleman behaviour of stopping for pedestrians or letting people go first does not work if the traffic behind you did not expect you to stop.
Even proper shoulder checks can be dangerous if you take too much time for it, because within a fraction of second someone can come in front of you and push the brakes.
Changing lanes has no real meaning in Thai-style traffic: the road is just one wide open space and not many drivers signal a move from one lane to another.
Expecting others to stick to the rules doesn’t work, you better watch the situation as it occurs and adapt.
One of the good practices the Thai authorities try to improve is by making roads one-way only.
Don’t drive too fast and don’t trust traffic rules, but watch actual traffic behaviour. Anticipate traffic, but in the right way.
Generally, roads in Thailand are pretty good and comfortable to drive, main roads outside of the city can often be surprisingly good, so you can make great outings out of town. But in contrast, some parts of the roads inside the city can be pretty bad, with sudden and unexpected unevennesses or even holes in the roads.
How long will my Thai Driving Licence last?
If it your first time getting a Thai driving license, you’ll be issued a temporary permit valid for 2 years. When the first 2 years are nearly up, you can make another trip to the Department of Land Transport with the assistance of J & E Concierge and get a regular Thai driving license which is valid for 5 years.
What do I need to change Driving Licence to a Thai Driving Licence?
Changing to a Thai Driving Licence in Pattaya – fee 3500 Baht
J & E Concierge require from you the following to change your foreign driving licence to a Thai driving licence :
- Driving Licence
Firstly, please send us a copy of your driving licence to [email protected], so we can make sure it can be changed over.
If everything is OK then we will contact you to send in the remaining documentation and paperwork this includes below –
- Medical Certificate
You can get this at just about any surgery, hospital or clinic. It will cost about 50-100 baht. Take your passport with you.
- Passport – original required
- Driving Licence – original required
Just supply us with all of the above and we will take care of it for you. You can hand the required documentation into our office on Pattaya Thai. Click here for our location on google maps
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