Teenagers and Driving

Understand the regulations affecting teenage drivers in Thailand...

In Thailand, the minimum age to drive any type of motor vehicle is 18 years old and a driving licence is required. Drivers and passengers on motorbikes must wear crash helmets.

The Department of Land Transport Office (DLT) processes all of Thailand's driving licences. To complete the paperwork to get a licence, go to the local district office.

The following paperwork is required by the DLT with copies:

  • Passport with valid non-immigrant visa (tourist visa is not accepted)
  • Work Permit or Certificate or Letter of Residence issued by Thai Immigration or the Embassy. The work permit must be valid and the letter or certificate no more than 30 days old
  • Medical certificate no more than 30 days old
  • Two photographs, 1x1 inch, no more than six months old
  • Fee

Drink Driving

Thailand allows 0.5 grams of alcohol per litre of blood. However for drivers who have held their licence for less than five years the limit is 0.2 grams per litre of blood.

Drivers caught driving under the influence of alcohol are fined a maximum of THB 10,000 and given a three-month jail term.