Thai driver’s license how to apply

Why look for a Bangkok driver’s license service agency when Bangkok’s traffic jams are considered some of the world’s worst? Here are my top two reasons for driving in Bangkok:

  1. I consider driving to be safer than relying on taxis, run down buses, and deadly motorbikes.
  2. With a car, I am free to go wherever I want, whenever I want. I can go shopping without dragging bags of groceries to the taxi stand. I can put (and leave) anything I want in the trunk, in the car, in the front seat.

Although international driver’s licenses are legally accepted in Thailand, anyone intending to stay in Thailand for more than three months should get a Thai driving license. Insurance companies even state in fine print that drivers should hold a Thai license in order to be covered. From experience, a Thai license may also deter policemen from asking for bribes and help you avoid paying typical foreigner prices at touristy venues.

The best way to get a Thai driving license is through a Thai driving license service agency (link to page). There are several professional Thai driver’s license service agencies in Bangkok that are able to take all the confusion and frustration out of the equation for you but you absolutely do not have to use one.

To apply for a Thai driver’s license, you need:

  1. An interpreter. This is one of the main reasons why many choose to hire a Thai driver’s license service agency. Expats will require an interpreter who can help fill out the forms and translate during instruction classes and tests.
  2. A valid passport with a valid Non-Immigrant Visa
  3. Signed copies of the following pages from the passport: the first page, the page with the current Non-Immigrant Visa, the page with the last entry stamp and the TM-Card
  4. A work permit OR a certified letter of address from the applicant’s embassy or from the Immigration Bureau (document cannot be older than 30 days)
  5. A doctor’s certificate stating that the applicant is in good physical and mental health health (lette should not be more than 30 days old)
  6. 2 photographs, 1×1 inch and not older than 6 months. We suggest you use the photo service available on the premises.
  7. A valid international driver’s license plus signed photocopy or translated regular driving license from the applicant’s home country, certified by the embassy or consulate (if available)


How to apply for a Thai driver’s license without a Thai driver’s license agency:

  1. At the Department of Land Transport, take the Thai language application form, fill it out and submit it with all the documents listed above. The documents will be handed back to you and you will be directed to another window for document verification.
  2. Upon receiving the verification stamp, go back to window with the form. You will be directed to the testing area.
  3. You are required to pass three tests: the color blindness test, the reflex test, and the depth perception test. For new timers, a good Thai driver’s license service agency would be able to offer you substantial help with test preparation.
  4. After passing all three tests, your documents will be signed and handed back to you. Return to the window where you took the forms to receive your queue number.
  5. When your queue is called or shown, submit your documents and passport (and work permit if applicable).
  6. Pay the 105 baht fee and wait for your name to be called to receive your 1 year temporary Thai driver’s license.
  7. Laminate your license at a nearby kiosk.

The process of getting a Thai driver’s license can feel like a great hassle, especially to non Thai-speaking foreigners. At TDLS, we offer all our customers a convenient, stress-free, and timely solution. In a hurry? We do more than just filling out your forms (which in itself is a struggle, to be fair) and providing translations. We are the Thai driver’s license service agency that can fast-track your appointments and get you your Thai driving license when you need it. Book your Bangkok driver’s license service now

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    September 2, 2019
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    August 5, 2019

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    August 1, 2019
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    July 22, 2019

    positive review  Usually I do things myself as many times in the past, hiring an agent sometimes they mess up things not to mention the extra costs. This time I wanted to issue two Thai driving licenses for a car and a motorbike and as usual, I have done an extensive research in the internet to find out how. I even took the online theory test for practice but I was not comfortable about doing it myself and that's when I decided to contact TDLS. I must admit that I was very lucky to pick TDLS out of the many names for many reasons such as their response to every email or message I sent and the clear instructions they provide and always felt happy with their answers. When the day of my appointment at the Land Transport came, I was met by one of their agents who took care of everything and within 3 hours, I was holding my Thai driving Licenses with a big smile on my face. I was treated like a VIP. I strongly recommend TDLS because they know what they are doing and their costs are far less than others. Thank you TDLS

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    July 10, 2019

    positive review  This group was great. Very good communication. Very helpful in navigating the whole Thai Land Transport bureaucracy. Without TDLS it would be a daunting task. K. Kate was with me at each step and even after a snafu, she delivered my license to my home. Well worth the money to get legal. Thanks!

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    June 20, 2019

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    May 23, 2019
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    March 25, 2019

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    March 8, 2019

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    February 25, 2019

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    February 22, 2019

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    October 31, 2018
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    October 30, 2018
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