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Offline EssexAl

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Hi everyone, one of the many things on my "to do" list - when I get out of quarantine and settled into the new house - is to apply for a Thai driving licence (both car and motorcycle) but reading through some of the threads on here has raised a number of concerns. I am 64 y/o but I have been reading about the medical certificate requirement.

High blood pressure and high cholesterol could be an issue - does anybody have recent experience or knowledge about current requirements and what the limits might be?

Any info / guidance greatly appreciated.

Allan


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You can go to any clinic and get a certificate. I have never had my blood pressure taken. All they do is ask you if you have any medical issues. You say no. pay about 200 baht and get a certificate. Just don't go in there smelling like alcohol.  :D


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You can go to any clinic and get a certificate. I have never had my blood pressure taken. All they do is ask you if you have any medical issues. You say no. pay about 200 baht and get a certificate. Just don't go in there smelling like alcohol.  :D

Thanks for that! Will look into it.


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Thanks for that! Will look into it.

And if you haven't already picked this up, you will only need to take a few tests in their office to get a full Thai license, to do with braking, eyesight and judging distances. If you're really unlucky, you will have to sit through a video whilst everyone else plays on their phones - so I have been told - as when I renewed my initial 2 year license, they weren't playing the video and I was in and out within 30 minutes.


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Yep the video is a real good bedtime one and a cartoon to boot, yawn!!!!


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B200 is a lot - I paid B40  ;D 
 
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Hi KF peeps - hope everyone is keeping safe and well. Just by way of an update (if you can call it that). Finally got round to paying a visit to the Land and Transport office today to enquire about a Thai driving licence, only to be told that they are not issuing licences at this time due to the Covid 19 situation. The guy didn't say how long it might be before they start again. I usually bring an International Driving Permit (IDP) with me to Thailand (even though, strictly speaking they are not required from the UK) but because my travel plans were brought forward, everything was done in kind of a rush this time so I am simply driving here using my UK licence. The chap today took a look at it and just said to keep using that. My main concerns are that, from previous experience, I know that not all traffic cops are fully aware of the licence requirements plus I am hoping to get the registration docs for the new truck that I've bought fairly soon and that would include the insurance documents so I wanted to tidy everything up with  Thai licence. So I asked the chap today whether they issued any letters or temporary permits to say everything was legal and in order. He smiled politely and we left!