Driving in Thailand

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Applying for a Driver’s License in Thailand

BANGKOK
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
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 Blank Affidavit with your statement of residency: for Bangkok (PDF 7KB) or for Chiang Mai (PDF 85KB), executed at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Thai officials usually call this an Affidavit of Residence.
  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. Two photos (size 1 x 1 inch)
  6. 105.00 Baht fee

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, please bring:

  1. Obtain a Blank Affidavit with your statement of residency: for Bangkok (PDF 7KB) or for Chiang Mai (PDF 85KB), executed at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Thai officials usually call this an Affidavit of Residence.  We have been told that instead of this affidavit, the Thai’s may accept a work permit if you have one.
  2. U.S. passport, including a photo copy of the main page and the Thai visa page.
  3. Thai driver’s license, which has been renewed for a second year.
  4. Two photos (size 2 x 2 inches)
  5. 505.00 Baht fee