Driving in Thailand

Driving in Thailand

Driving licence

If you wish to drive in Thailand, you need to get a valid Thai driving licence because it’s illegal to drive here without one. If you drive without a valid Thai driving licence, your vehicle insurance will be void and you won’t be covered in case of an accident.

International driving licences are not accepted for stays longer than 90 days.

To get a Thai driving licence, and in the case that you hold a valid international driving licence from your home country, you won’t need to do a driving test.
You just have to sit and watch a video and do some physical exam tests.

Document required to obtain a Thai driving Licence

  1. Passport with non-immigrant visa
  2. Certificate of residence that you get from your embassy or immigration to confirm where you live.
  3. Health certificate
  4. International driving licence or national driving licence

The process to get a driving licence takes about half day. You must submit your papers with the land and transport department before 08.30 am.
After that, you will need to sit in a room and watch a video, do a computer exam and some physical tests (eyes, breaking action).
If you don’t have licence from your country, you will be required to pass a driving test. The driving test will be done in the afternoon.