Taking the Thai Driving Test

Understand the procedure for applying for and taking a driving test in Thailand...

Applicants for a driving licence must be at least 18 years old.

The Department of Land Transport Office processes all of Thailand's driving licences. Go in person to the nearest local office to complete the paperwork and get a driving licence.

  • For a list of DLT offices near Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket: Click here
  • DLT Head office
    At: 1032 Phaholyothin Road, Lardyao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
    Tel: 02 271 8888, English language ext. 4712-4 or for Thai language 1584

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

Applicants for Thai driving licences should be prepared for lengthy queues so it is better to arrive early (between 08:30 and 09:00). It is not possible to make an appointment to take a driving test, but applicants who need to take the test must arrive at 08:30.

The whole process will take a few hours to complete. It is best to take along a Thai speaker to assist with interpretation and filling in the relevant forms, which have to be completed in Thai.

Applicants will be required to:

  • Fill in the licence application form
  • Hand in the application
  • Participate in an eyesight test
  • Participate in a reaction test
  • Participate in a two-hour Thai road regulations training session
  • Complete a written test on road regulations
  • Take a practical driving test. The driving test takes place within the DLT's grounds on a mock road system and not on the roads. It normally takes no longer than half an hour

Once all the formalities have been completed the person will receive a temporary Thai driving licence, valid for one year. After this period the person will need to renew their licence and can apply for a licence that is valid for five years.

Motorcycle Licences

To get a motorcycle licence the procedure is essentially the same, but, the test can be done in English. Once the test has been successfully passed there is no maximum size of engine that can be driven.

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