thai Driving Licence


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Driving in Thailand is best described as an adventure

Thai drivers are incredibly polite and rarely succumb to road rage and honking horns. However, this is not to say that traffic flows smoothly and congestion is nearly extinct. Driving in Thailand can be extremely dangerous and is not for the faint of heart.
Driving on open roads at night is not recommended, however, due to the increased number of heavy goods vehicles at this time.Truck drivers in particular have gained a reputation for not respecting car users, while motorbikes also pose a particular hazard as they weave in and out of larger vehicles.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
Tourists from all over the world always wants to rent a car or motorbike to make their time spent there more interactive and fun !
So, if you are planning to have a trip and if you decide to stay here more than 3 month you will need an Thai driving licence, even though international drivers licenses are legally accepted.
Each country has its own rules and differences.
You can get a Thai Driving Licence by yourself but 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.
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 may need help? It is definitely a lot easier to let J & E Concierge assist you with the whole process
-Thai National- Thai Driving Licence in Pattaya available every Wednesday!
-Foreign National- Thai Driving Licence available every Tuesday and Friday!

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  Why do i need a drive licence?

Roads are designed with scant regard for safety – Mainly concerned with the maximum volume of traffic, even new roads are poorly designed and encourage speeding. Dual carriageways seldom have Armco barriers in the centre, relying on trees or concrete to deal with aberrant vehicles.

Why bother with getting one? Well, there’s several reasons:

One example is: daily activities like entering any kind of hotel, company or government premises that requires an ID, Thai driving license is very useful and acceptable. For foreigners sending remittance back home Thai driving license is valid. Even going out partying at night clubs requires ID – of course presenting a Thai driving license is more than enough to let you enjoy the rest of the night. It is also very good for you if you want to visit some parks or maybe some Zoos which has 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.

Drivers can’t claim on car insurance in respect of damage caused by that driver when they have violated the Land Traffic Act BE 2522 (1979). Driving without a driving license or with one that’s already expired is just such a violation. While you can use your international driving license, take note that you may not be fully covered, as some car insurance companies require that drivers hold a valid Thai driving license to make claims.

For many expats and overseas investors, simply using public transport is not enough when working or living in Thailand. Many want the freedom of the roads and wish to drive legally for themselves. Obtaining a driving license in Thailand can indeed provide you with freedom and allow you to travel further afield and explore the country in full.

Why is it important to prepare for Thai traffic situations?

Driving in Thailand is challenging and dangerous. Due to the mad volume of traffic and the fact that its roadways are not well maintained and rather confusing, many accidents occur.In Thailand people drive on the left side of the road. If you’re an expat coming from a country where this is also the norm, adjusting to driving in Thailand should be slightly easier. For expats who don’t have this advantage, this is all the more reason to be extremely cautious when driving in Thailand.When driving in Thailand’s larger cities in general, it is wise to avoid the left lane as it is generally reserved for loading and parking. When stopping at an intersection, leave some room between you and the car in front of you. No matter how tight of a squeeze it is, a motorcyclist will inevitably try to weave through. So you might as well give your car a bit of a break.
Once you have successfully received your license, which usually happens on the day of your application, you should be aware of the following traffic rules:
-you must be at least 18 to drive.
-legal limit BAC is 0.5 mg per 1 liter of alcohol.
-seat belts are mandatory in front seats only, child car seats are optional.
-if you are driving a motorcycle you must wear helmet.
-the speed limits range as follows:-50 – 60 km/h in suburban streets
-90 – 120 km/h on highways
-keep in mind that due to the high volume of traffic on Thai streets, the average speed will be determined by the general flow of the traffic, not a sign (that is if you see one)
!!! Carry your vehicle registration and driver’s license on you at all times.

How long will my Thai Driving Licence last?

If it is the first time when you get a drive licence in Thailand you will have a temporary permit for 2 years and when the first 2 years are nearly up you have to make another trip to the Department of Land Transport with the assistance of J & E Concierge and get another regular Thai driving which is valid for the next 5 years
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 :

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.

We hope you have found this guide useful – it should be noted that there are companies like ours who actually provide help to expats in obtaining a Thai driving license.
When considering applying for your Thai diving license, always ensure that you check all the information on our website and you can also contact us via email or our phone number.

CALL US – 081 865 8910
Last updated on: 07.07.2020 – 23:29


  1. Joseph August 29, 2019 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Can anyone tell me how I get the Thai Driving license in Pattaya? I have a valid UK license which I used before on my visits when I came in on the exemption visa. Now I have just got the Non O A retirement visa valid for a year. Thanks

    • J&E Concierge August 30, 2019 at 11:30 am - Reply

      Hello Joseph, please feel free to get in touch with us and we will explain anything you need to understand and also help you get your Thai driving licence in Pattaya. Thank you

  2. GreenApple August 5, 2019 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    I lost my wallet yesterday, it contains my Thai Driving License (bike & car). I live in Bangkok. Does anyone know what I have to do to get new licences ? I dont want to waste a jouney there if I dont have the correct documents. Many thanks.

    • J&E Concierge August 6, 2019 at 9:58 am - Reply

      Hello GreenApple, please feel free to get in touch with us and let our team deal with all necessary documents you need to get your new Thai driving licence.

  3. Elliot August 2, 2019 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Hello, I have a question regarding the 2 year thai driving license, will I be able to use this licence in Europe? I’m sorry if this has been asked many times before, I’m just looking for a conclusion, I see many conflicting answers about this. Thanks in advice

    • J&E Concierge August 3, 2019 at 9:36 am - Reply

      Hello Elliot, please feel free to get in touch with us and we will help you understand anything you may need. Thank you

  4. MikeMotorbike July 29, 2019 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    So I’m out doing my morning run around and get home to find my wallet has fallen out of my pocket. I have already reported my lost credit and bank cards to my bank and new ones are being issued, but I have no idea of what to do regarding my lost Thai car and motorbike licences. Has anyone here had to go through the process replacing a lost Thai drivers licence? Any advise appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • J&E Concierge July 30, 2019 at 4:02 pm - Reply

      Hello Mike, we are sorry to hear that. Feel free to get in contact with us and we will help you replace your Thai driving licence

  5. Samuel July 22, 2019 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Can somebody please help me with the Thai driving license requirements when owning a international driving license? Also prices and location would be great.Thank you

    • J&E Concierge July 23, 2019 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      Hello, please feel free to get in touch with us and we will help you understand and reach any information you need. Thank you

  6. GregGoodGuy April 16, 2019 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Can I drive in Thailand with Malaysian license?

    • J&E Concierge April 17, 2019 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Hello Greg, we can provide you all information you need, and all you have to do is to get in touch with us as soon as you can. Thank you

  7. MarkErik February 14, 2019 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    My Mrs. has a Thai drivers license and we need to get a legal driving permit in English so when we go abroad she can have a legal license. Where do Thais obtain this international driving permit done in English?

    • J&E Concierge February 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      Hello, we can provide you all information you need, and all you have to do is to get in touch with us as soon as you can. Thank you

  8. TheonlyDave November 11, 2018 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Soon I will be visiting Phuket but a bit confused regarding driver’s license. My current driver’s license has my identification number, a photo plus some other information, all in English. Do I need an International Drivers Permit/License to rent a car?

    • J&E Concierge November 12, 2018 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Hello, we can provide you all information you need, and all you have to do is to get in touch with us as soon as you can. Thank you

  9. NiggaGuy September 2, 2018 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Hi, do you need an International Drivers License in Phuket if you are just hiring a scooter/motorcycle for the day? Cheers

    • J&E Concierge September 3, 2018 at 11:23 am - Reply

      Hello, please feel free to get in touch with us and we will help you understand and reach any information you need. Thank you

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