Does anyone know what you have to do, and what is required to get a Thai motorbike licence? My insurance provider will cover me on a motorbike as long as I meet the following conditions:
Motorcycle / Moped RidingFirstly, I would most likely have a lil scooter under 200cc.
If You wish to be covered for riding a motorcycle (including a moped)
as the driver or pillion passenger during Your journey, You must pay an
extra premium. Please ask the Providing Entity for a quote.
Even if You pay the extra premium You will only be covered if:
the engine capacity is 200cc or less;
You are wearing a helmet;
You are not participating in a professional capacity;
You are not racing; and
whilst in control of a motorcycle, You hold a licence valid in the
Note: No cover will apply under Section 16 Personal Liability.
Secondly, I wouldn't even dream of not wearing a helmet in SE Asia.
Third and fourth would not be a problem.
And the fourth is the issue I would need to address.
Thanks for your help.
Medical certificate from a local doc ... About 50 Baht. Tell him what it's for.
Work permit????? (I forget)
Do the tests (Impossible to fail ... if you're normal)
Skip the tests if you have a current foreign bike license.
What did I forget ... anyone?
Much easier in Cambo.
Went to "Lucky's"
Handed over $50, copy of passport and a photo.
Signed the form.
Picked it up 4 days later.
Tourist visa is fine, you just need to get a Cert. of Residence (very easy) from your embassy/consulate.
Get a med cert from a clinic. (they'll give you the address of one nearby if you haven't one. Mine consisted of the doctor holding up a blue pen and asking me what colour it was. Blue. 60bth. Medical Certificate in hand.)
Watch a crappy video 'Try not to beep your horn as it isn't conductive to social harmony'.
Do a silly multi-choice computer test until you pass.
You'll get a 1 year license then can go back after the year and get a 5 year one.
Being Thailand some officers might insist on different things. Change clothes and go to another window, chances are you'll be fine.
Perhaps read this from 2011:
Thanks to posts/info here on this forum, I went to the thai department of land transport, and asked if i could get a thai driving license on a tourist visa. they smiled and said no problem. most of you guys probably already know this stuff, but maybe the following will help somebody in the future.....
I went to the dept of land transport in BKK on sukhumvit across from soi 62/1 (not sure if the same things will hold true at all dlt offices?). I personally recommend taking a trip to the DLT before you go through the process, they will tell you exactly what you need, and when to come in.
-passport with a tourist visa
-doctors form saying im in good health for driving (200 baht, they took the original)
-photocopies of my visa page and main page of passport
-a driving license from my country (USA) also with photocopy
-affidavit of residence executed at the US embassy; this was easier than i thought to get (1500 baht! they took a photocopy of this one)
-a nice collared, button down shirt (500 baht, at 50% off haha, and yes, the guy told me i NEEDED this)
The doctors exam was the funniest-- after a vision test, the doc asked.... which side of the road do you drive on in the USA, i said right... he then asked, can you drive on the left side. i replied yes! done. haha.
Since i had a valid driving license from my country already, i did not have to take any driving tests (written or physical). i just did some very small/easy vision tests at the DLT, and watched a movie (that i could not understand a word of).. the language barrier was the hard part.
That was it, they took a photo of me and asked for 205 baht, and printed out my thai license on the spot, valid for one year. Hope that can help somebody... this forum helped me that's for sure.
Guy Manpoof sux nuts for $$.
Tomcat trained. Satisfaction guaranteed.
You will do yourself a huge favor if you have an International Drivers Permit (they are not licenses) when it comes to going to the Thai motor vehicle division in the provience that you will be living. You will not have to do, or barely do, any of the normally required testing that one would need to if they did not have the IDP.
Of course in order to have an IDP that is issued in your country you need a valid license from that country and to have a Thai motorcycle license it will also have to have a motorcycle endorsement from your country as well.
As noted before, you will also need a doctors letter (mine was 50 Bt) and the certification of residense that will come from the immigration center in the provience that you are living. For the CoR you will need something, usually a rental contract, that shows a name & address of where you are living within the provience and 500 Bt.
Doing the tests isn't actually difficult in anyway, it's just it will take up a few hours. If you can exist for that long you'll pass without effort.
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^ So you're "almost" normal?
Second attempt, I had to force myself to give stupid answers. "Think like a Thai, think like a Thai" I kept repeating to myself.
"When in Rome" ... eh?
Interesting Blog piece on the subject ...
How to Get a Thai Driving License | Thai Blogs
That damn test is pretty funny.
Anybody have a copy they would consider posting?
Good for a laugh.
(maybe a new thread though, sorry OP).