HOW TO GET A THAI DRIVING LICENCE?

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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.

For people who are short of time… we offer a no hassle premium express service. Please call us for information.

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.

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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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41 Comments

  1. Brian Batchelor August 6, 2019 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Hi.

    I am trying to renew my 5 year driving licence but failed the test where you have to line up the red and sticks, okay for th colour blind test. They want me to go back again tomorrow to try again. If I fail again can you arrange (for your fee) my renewal without me having to attend the test centre?

    Thank you

    • J & E Concierge Pattaya August 17, 2019 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Hello Brian,
      Sorry for the late reply please write us directly via mail or come by our office and we can further discuss your situation.

  2. Flipop June 28, 2019 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Can I get a Thai driving licence on a (single entry) tourist visa in Pattaya?

    • J&E Concierge June 29, 2019 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      Hello Flipop, you can find here all contact you need to get in touch with us. Our team will help you get your Thai Driving Licence very easy and quicly. Thank you

  3. Chris100Uk June 16, 2019 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Can someone learn to drive in Thailand and then come back home (UK) and drive legally?

    • J&E Concierge May 20, 2019 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      With an international license – yes. But the international license is only valid for 1 year

  4. NewPattayaMan June 12, 2019 at 8:11 am - Reply

    I live in Pattaya. I have an international driving permit but I still been fines and spent 4 hours in the police station as they (The police) said it was ‘Fake’! I completely dread riding my bike in certain spots now, in case it happens again. My best mate has a real Thai driving licence which he got in BKK when he lived there.
    I have a long visa so it is time to get a licence. can I apply for one in Pattaya or will I have to go to BKK. Can anybody tell me the procedure in both cases. Pattaya and Bangkok.

    • J&E Concierge June 13, 2019 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      Sure you can, and we already have all answers and help for you. Feel free to contact us. Thank you

  5. deerall June 7, 2019 at 7:10 am - Reply

    How much is a Thai driving Licence?

    • J&E Concierge June 8, 2019 at 8:11 am - Reply

      Please call us for these information.

  6. mandanaoalle2 May 10, 2019 at 9:07 am - Reply

    One time my Thai wife went in to get a new driving license and took her 3 sisters, she passed the test and they gave all four of them licenses.

  7. Arandora May 2, 2019 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Hi in Pattaya if you are stopped at any of the numerous police check points and you don’t have an IDP you will be fined.

  8. Enduser April 18, 2019 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Hi people, can any of you guys tell me, whats the Criteria I would need to meet if I wanted to obtain a Thai car driving licence, other than the obvious need to be able to drive?

    • J&E Concierge April 20, 2019 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      Hello. Please leave some contact details and we can guide you through the whole process.

  9. Jacko April 8, 2019 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Do I Need a License to Ride a Motorbike in Thailand?

    • J&E Concierge April 10, 2019 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      You must have a license – one from home (best paired with an international driver’s permit) – or you can get one in Thailand, and it has to be for the class of vehicle you’re intending to hire.

  10. VPI78 April 1, 2019 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Should I drive in Thailand?

    • J&E Concierge April 3, 2019 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      While it is legal to drive in Thailand with a valid licence from most countries, it’s worth noting that most companies will not give you a car or provide you with insurance without an international driver’s licence.

  11. tomcat76 March 15, 2019 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Where in Pattaya do i get my Thai driving license?

    • J&E Concierge March 18, 2019 at 8:59 am - Reply

      Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information.

  12. idefix March 5, 2019 at 11:57 am - Reply

    What do i need to get my Thai driving license?

    • J&E Concierge March 6, 2019 at 10:02 am - Reply

      For any further information, feel free to contact me.

  13. Dev K February 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    How can I get a Thai driving license in Pattaya?

    • J&E Concierge February 28, 2019 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      If you wish to drive legally in Pattaya and throughout Thailand you can obtain an international driving license/permit, normally from your country of residence, but if plan on staying longer than 3 months you are better advised to get a Thai driving license. This is due to certain insurance companies stipulating in their small print that you are not fully covered unless you have a full Thai drivers license. Don’t be put off though, it is quite easy to get a Thai driving license in Pattaya. Having a Thai drivers license has other benefits as well, you can use it as i.d, and you can get some discount entrance prices in some of the tourist attractions.

  14. Mick C February 25, 2019 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Can foreigners drive in Thailand?

    • J&E Concierge February 26, 2019 at 10:52 am - Reply

      Foreigners wanting to drive in Thailand – but do not yet have a Thai driver’s license – must hold an “International Driving Permit” (IDP) issued in their home country. … This applies to foreigners staying in the country long-term and to tourists driving motorbikes or cars rented for their short holiday here.

  15. thaibeachlovers February 21, 2019 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Can I get a 1 year thai drivers license or not and where do I start? Immigration?

    • J&E Concierge February 21, 2019 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      Please call us for these information.

  16. Serghei Dobrovski February 11, 2019 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    What documents are required?

    • J&E Concierge February 15, 2019 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Hello Serghei, please give as a call or contact us via email with more details of your situation.

  17. Phil Webb November 19, 2018 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    My 10 year Thai driving license will expire in December of 2018, How difficult is there to renew? If difficult, is there a service I can use to go through the hassles? I appreciate your advice. Thanks.

    • J&E Concierge November 22, 2018 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      We definetly can help you. Contact us via our phone no or contact form

  18. andy wright October 8, 2018 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    if you have a disability (as I do and a 40 year driving history) it can STILL be a problem for you to do this. Firstly, the medical – finding a doctor who will not take disabled people at face value is difficult. I had help from my friend with this but there was doubt right up to the signing. Then, the DMV may decline the application, although I had a good experience in Khon Kaen. In the end they asked me to drive around the block with an examiner in the car. It wasn’t the regular test, just literally left, left, park, left and back to office. The clause is “in good physical and mental health”.

  19. 麦可比 September 14, 2018 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Great article and website overall! Is there a similar company as Concierge Pattaya based in Bangkok? Just looking at getting the Thai license with my Canadian one + Intl License. thanks!

    • J&E Concierge September 15, 2018 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Hello. Please leave some contact details and we can guide you through the whole process.

  20. Dave July 22, 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Can anybody tell me if a international driving license and my UK driving license will cover me driving a motorbike in Pattaya? Please

    • J&E Concierge July 23, 2018 at 10:25 am - Reply

      We can answer to all your questions you have. Please get in touch with us as soon as you can. Thank you

  21. BarBoss May 5, 2018 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Hi all,
    I suppose this has been asked a few times before, but can someone tell me the best way to obtain a Thai driving (car & motorbike) licence in Pattaya. Or send me a link to another post that has already covered it.
    Many thanks in advance.

    • J&E Concierge May 7, 2018 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Hello BarBoss,
      Sure you can, and we already have all answers and help for you. Feel free to contact us. Thank you

  22. Rob February 10, 2018 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    I am told that I must obtain a Thai driving permit. But how? and where? I have a retirement visa and papers from the police to show that I live in my new home near Buriram that I built during the last year. I have a French new EU style plastic permit that is valid forever and a copy of a int’l permit about 6 months old. I have a UK passport. What to do and where to go? I have been told that I can just show/give my French permit and the authorities will just hand over a Thai permit. Ditto but I show int’l permit. OR been told I can take some simple test and get a permit. Also that test can be in English. Also heard that I have 6 months to get Thai permit following my last entry stamp or get a big fine. I have been stopped a few times at check points on the road and the police look at my French permit and wave me on. Where in Buriram city must I go and besides 2 photos what must I take and what must I do? Please. Thank you very much in advance.

    • J&E Concierge February 11, 2018 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      Our team of experts will help you get your Thai Driving Licence, all you have to do is to contact us via our email,phone number or you can also pass by our office. Thank you

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