Driving in Thailand

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Applying for a Driver’s License in Thailand

If you reside in Bangkok you may contact the Department of Land Transport (Tel: 02-271-8888) or another branch office nearest your location.

  • Branch Office Area 1, Bangkhuntien
    Tel: 02-415-7337
  • Branch Office Area 2, Talingchan
    Tel: 02-882-1620 through 1635
  • Branch Office Area 3, Sukhumvit 62 Road
    Tel: 02-332-9691 through 9694
  • Branch Office Area 4, Nong Jork
    Tel: 02-543-5500 through 5512

Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office
192 Moo 7 Chiang Mai-Hod Rd., T. Maehia, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100
Phone:+66 53 278 265

If you reside in any other provinces, you may contact the Provincial Transportation Division of the province in which you are located.

Depending on the license you apply for, you will need the following:

  1. Obtain a certificate of residency from the nearest Thai Immigration Office.
  2. U.S. passport, including a photo copy of the main page and the Thai visa page
  3. Medical Report (you may obtain at any hospital or clinic for the purpose of a driver’s license)
  4. Valid State / International driver’s license
    ** if you do not have a valid license, you may have to take a driving course and test
  5. Photo can be taken at the department of Land Transport
  6. Pay the fee (Fee 205 baht for car, Fee 105 baht for motorcycle)

For more information please visit https://www.dlt.go.th/en/renew-license/

An international driving license is accepted as long as it is valid, but a foreign license is not accepted in Thailand.  If you are a resident and eligible, you should obtain a Thai Driver’s License.  To apply for the international license in Thailand, please contact The Department of Land Transport and see International Driving License required documents at Department of Land Transport (dlt.go.th).

Please note, International driving license is valid for 1 year.

For more information, please visit https://www.dlt.go.th/en/international-driving-licence/