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How do I get a Thai Driver’s license?

Title Services

General

For all title services except for yearly tax renewals we will need the blue book. 


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Registration Road Tax

Bring your blue title book, and if the car is 7 years or older, then bring the car as well!


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- Cars under 7 years old - just drop off your titlebook and we will have your new registration sticker done at the end of the next business day.  

- Cars 7 years or older - we will need the car for approximately 45 min to go get a smog and safety inspection done, after this you can take off and we will have your new registration sticker done at the end of the next business day. 


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This doesn’t happen very often and if there are any issues they are usually minor such as a light bulb being out, which can be quickly remedied. In other cases such as a brake problem, then you will have to get the brakes fixed and bring it back for an additional inspection and inspection fee.


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If the car is 7 years or older we will need the car for approximately 45 min to go get a smog and safety inspection done.


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For the tax renewal It’s best if you can bring the original titlebook. We can use a copy but the registration page in the back of the titlebook will not be updated (it will be in the DLT’s computer system and it can be updated later).


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Tax is calculated by car cylinder capacity–or cc:

 

First 600 cc: 0.5 baht per CC

601-1800 cc: 1.5 baht per CC

1801+: 4 baht per CC

 

If the car is more than 5 years old you can calculate a tax deduction:

Year 6: 10%

Year 7: 20%

Year 8: 30%

Year 9: 40%

Year 10+: 50%

 

Here’s how to calculate. For example, an 11 year old 2,000 CC is going to be (((600 x 0.5) + (1200 x 1.5) + (200 x 4). Then reduce 50% since it’s older than 10 years. The total would be (300+1800+800) – 50% = 1,450 baht.

 

In addition to the road tax you have to pay for

  1. mandatory government insurance called Por.Ro.Bo. (P.R.B) which, for most vehicles is approximately 645 THB (can varies from about 323-1300 THB depending on registration type.)
  2. If the car is 7 years or older, 200 THB for a smog and safety inspection.
  3. If the car has LPG, than an LPG inspection is also required every year. Cost is approximately 500 THB.
  4. If you’d like us to arrange the renewal for you then see here for our service rates.

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You can look in a few places:

1) The pink and blue registration sticker on our front windshield has the expiration date (day, thai month abbreviation, thai year).  For your convenience, when you buy a car from us or renew your registration through us, we provide a registration holding sticker that has the Thai month abbreviation and Bhuddist year conversion for you.

2) Alternatively you can also find the registration renewals records in the back of your blue title book.

3) In most cases the yearly registration expiration date is the same day/year the car was original registered when bought new so you can also see that info on the vehicle info page of your blue title book.


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Ownership Transfer

Please see the menu above for Expat Autos service fee as well as the DLT fees.  There may be additional paperwork fees if the car has been modified in some ways such as pickups lift kit, etc.


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We will need the vehicle for the day.  The officers at the DLT will need to inspect the vehicle before ownership transfer can be completed.


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No you don’t. We will have you sign a power of attorney so you don’t have to waste your day sitting around at the DLT!


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Basically just a passport and a valid residency certificate, which we can help arrange for you at our office if you have a TM-30 from immigration.


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Residency Certificate

If you go through the agent at the immigration office the cost is usually 1000 THB. Alternatively we can also get you one with our service for 500 THB + VAT (includes taking your picture), plus the agent fee of 1000 THB.

 

You should get your residency certificate within two business days. If you don’t use an agent it can take anywhere from 10-30 business days.

Note: The original document is required for the car ownership process, so you should request extra copies if you need them for other processes such as obtaining a Thai driver’s license, opening a Thai bank account, etc.  However, if you will be doing your driver’s license right after you have the car, we can request a certified copy from the DLT when we do the car ownership transfer so you can avoid the extra fee of an additional residency certificate.


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You will need:

  • copy of your passport (picture page, current visa page, departure card, tm-30)
  • Visa valid for minimum 30 days
  • Two 2” pictures with a white background (no hats, glasses, or smiling :).  If you use our service we can take a picture for you.

* Note: You do not need these documents to acquire the alternative option of an affidavit of residency from the US consulate.


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Miscellaneous

This will need to be at the transport office or a Krung Thai bank.


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You need to get a vehicle passport, which will also come with special international license plates and a window sticker.

 

Paperwork - 

1) vehicle title book (original)

2) Passport/ ID copy (picture page, visa, tm-30)

3) valid residency certificate (original)

 

DLT Fee - approx. 290 THB

EA Service Fee

Vehicle - no its not required.


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Yes, the vehicle registration will need to be updated with the new engine number.

 

Paperwork - 

1) vehicle title book (original)

2) Passport/ ID copy (picture page, visa, tm-30)

3) valid residency certificate (original)

4) Certified technician installation certificate

5) Tax invoice for engine purchase

 

DLT Fee - approx. 150 THB

Other Fee - approx 1000 THB for a certified certified technician installation certificate (unless this is included in your engine installation)

EA Service Fee

Vehicle - yes we need it for one day


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Yes, the vehicle registration color will need to be changed.

 

Paperwork - 

1) vehicle title book (original)

2) Passport/ ID copy (picture page, visa, tm-30)

3) valid residency certificate (original)

4) Certified body shop paint work certificate

 

DLT Fee - approx. 150 THB

Other Fee - approx 1000 THB for a certified body shop paint work certificate (unless this is included in your paint job)

EA Service Fee

Vehicle - yes we need it for one day

 


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Yes, the vehicle registration type will need to be changed.

 

Paperwork - 

1) vehicle title book (original), 

2) Passport/ ID copy (picture page, visa, tm-30)

3) valid residency certificate (original)

4) Certified technician installation certificate

 

DLT Fee - approx. 150 THB

Other Fee - approx 1000 THB for certified technician installation certificate (unless this is included in your canopy purchase)

EA Service Fee

Vehicle - yes we need it for one day


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 You don’t have to right away, but if you don’t you won’t get any traffic tickets in the mail.  You cannot extend your yearly road tax/registration with outstanding tickets. However, you can pay for these tickets at the same time as your registration without any penalty fees.

 

Paperwork - 1) vehicle title book (original), 

2) Passport/ ID copy (picture page, visa, tm-30)

3) valid residency certificate (original) 

 

* In the case you want to correct the spelling of your name or changing your last name, then additional documents such as an old passport, marriage certificate, or other name change documents will be required.

 

DLT Fee - approx. 75 THB

EA Service Fee - check here for rates

Vehicle - not required


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Drivers Licence

Check out info and resources for getting a driver license here.


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As far as we know there is no set law requiring you to have a Thai driver’s license to drive a car here.  Our customers have been able to drive on their home countries license and/or international license. Insurance companies to prefer a Thai driver’s license for claims, so to avoid any problems we do recommend to get a Thai license.


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No, you do not need a driver’s license to buy a car.  You do however need one to drive legally and claim on your insurance.


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