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Getting a Thai driving license in Bangsaphan

Posted: 24 Mar 2011 20:07
by buksida
Did this yesterday so will post details if anyone is interested. The test center is on Petchkasem Road, leave BS town and turn south when you hit Petchkasem, drive for about 2km, past the technical college and it is there on the left.

Documents required:
Passport photocopy, details and visa page - cost: 2 baht
Letter from the police confirming your address - cost: 0 baht. Note: to get this you need the signature and copy of ID card of the owner of the house and a copy of the tabien bahn (blue book). The police may say you need to go to the Amphur office but they will do it for you with a bit of persuasion if they're not busy.
Medical certificate - cost: 80 baht (clinic in town, on right before the railway crossing)

The test:
This is to get a first motorcycle license from scratch, you will need to do the test for the car (apart from the practical) also as it is all the same thing now, the car license involves a couple of parking and reversing maneuvers.

08.30 - submit documents (duplicates if you want both licenses) and perform a colorblindness test.
09.00 - perform reaction test, accelerate on one pedal and hit the brake when the red light shows (you get a few tries at this if you cant do it first time).
09.30 - briefing on road signs.
10.00 - watch road awareness videos.
12.00 - break for lunch.
13.00 - sit the exam, 30 multiple choice questions on a computer, 1 hour to complete, pass mark is 23.
14.00 - practical test, ride around a small circuit paying attention to road signs, signaling and stopping where appropriate, short balance test.
14.30 - take photographs for smartcard, payment and collect your 1 year motorcycle license.

Cost:
License - 55 baht
Smartcard - 100 baht
You can opt for the old style laminated one with a stuck on picture if you want to save 100 baht.

Notes:
The road sign briefing is all in Thai but there is a book with English explanations of them. The videos are also all in Thai so if you need them translated take a Thai with you - most of it is common sense and road safety (sadly very little of it is actually applied on the roads in Thailand).

The computer multi-choice exam can be done in English, they have a test machine outside to practice on - I would advise doing this as some of the questions are very ambiguous with illogical answers, I get the feeling some of it was lost in translation. If you fail the first time you get one more chance, if you fail again you'll need to come back another day (within 90 days) to sit the exam.

The practical is simple, just ride steady, pay attention to the signs (there are only four or five of them), use your signals liberally and make a point of obviously looking around you. If you don't have a helmet you'll fail before you even get on the bike.

Re: Getting a Thai driving license in Bangsaphan

Posted: 14 Apr 2011 19:26
by SeaShell
buksida wrote:
The test:
This is to get a first motorcycle license from scratch, you will need to do the test for the car (apart from the practical) also as it is all the same thing now,the car license involves a couple of parking and reversing maneuvers.
I think you've contradicted yourself here! :wink:

Have the laws actually changed then? When I went for a license (was 5 yrs ago now), I didn't need to take any sort of manual driving test, just the reaction test, as I had a Full British Driving License. 8)

Re: Getting a Thai driving license in Bangsaphan

Posted: 14 Apr 2011 20:41
by buksida
The govt have tightened up a lot over the past 5 years which is why the 'test' is a little more involved now.

Re: Getting a Thai driving license in Bangsaphan

Posted: 17 Apr 2011 14:59
by Diving Lore
Renewal test being less bs I guess?

My 5 year license is running out next year and it's a Chiang Mai license.

Will that require a NEW letter from the cops or will the old notary / Consulate letter be ok???

Re: Getting a Thai driving license in Bangsaphan

Posted: 17 Apr 2011 16:11
by buksida
If you want to do the renewal here in BS you'll need to get a new letter from the cops confirming your address.

It doesn't cost anything but a smile and a bit of their time!

Re: Getting a Thai driving license in Bangsaphan

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 08:13
by SeaShell
Does anyone know how much it is to renew a Car License (5 yrs)?

Re: Getting a Thai driving license in Bangsaphan

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 08:17
by buksida
550 (approx) baht if you want the fancy smart card.

Re: Getting a Thai driving license in Bangsaphan

Posted: 05 Nov 2012 14:05
by Big Boy
SeaShell wrote:Have the laws actually changed then? When I went for a license (was 5 yrs ago now), I didn't need to take any sort of manual driving test, just the reaction test, as I had a Full British Driving License.
buksida wrote:The govt have tightened up a lot over the past 5 years which is why the 'test' is a little more involved now.
I obtained my licence at Pranburi in September this year. The only test I had to take was the reaction test as SeaShell says.

Re: Getting a Thai driving license in Bangsaphan

Posted: 06 Nov 2012 02:50
by yoursTruly
Thanks for the info. Bicycles are looking better every day.

Re: Getting a Thai driving license in Bangsaphan

Posted: 06 Nov 2012 07:24
by buksida
As you know things differ from town to town in Thailand, in BS you need to do the test, it is very simple though and doesn't even involve going near a public road.

Re: Getting a Thai driving license in Bangsaphan

Posted: 08 Feb 2017 12:09
by buksida
Just renewed the 5 year car license for another 5 years, process very easy:

1) Arrive at 08.45 and submit the following documents:
Passport copy (details page and visa page).
Proof of address (yellow book or letter from immigration).
Current driving license.

2) Go upstairs at 09.00 and complete the following tests:
Reaction test, brake on red light
Spacial awareness test, align the posts
Peripheral vision test
Colour identification test

3) Watch about 45 minutes of a video on Thai Highway law.

4) Go down stairs at 10.00 to pay for the license (615 baht).

5) Get your photo taken and collect the new license.

Total time taken around two hours.

Re: Getting a Thai driving license in Bangsaphan

Posted: 21 Nov 2018 11:49
by Groodman
Renewed my 2 year Driving Licence for a 5 year today, it gets easier, took:

Passport & Copy Details, Visa & Extension pages
Proof of address.
Current Driving Licence.
Doctors letter, as it was my first 5 year licence (80 Baht from doctors in Bangsaphan) (all they checked was Blood Pressure & Pulse).

No Reaction test, Spacial awareness test, Peripheral vision test or Colour identification test.

No forms to fill in.

Did not have to watch the Video.

Photo done.

Given new 5 year + 2 months to next birthday.

Cost 505 Baht, car only

Arrived 8.45 & done by 9.30