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I have a UK full licence,an International driving permit,a yellow house book as proof of residency.

I know about the doctors letter.

Is that it?

Thanx in advance

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I don't know if the house book would be accepted. My understanding is that you're required to have either a certificate of residency from your embassy or one from the Thai Immigration police. I'd suggest checking it out before you go. You will also need photo copies of the first page of your passport and your current visa. You have to be a resident here to get a license.

I did it through  Immigration, which was much cheaper than the US embassy, but it takes longer (two or three weeks). Immigration sends a form to your local police station, and they verify your address. They will send you the letter in Thai. Once I had the letter, I went down and got my license.

Since you have a valid license, you won't have to take the written test or driving test. There will be a bizarre sort of test of your depth perception and reaction time. Once you have everything completed, they'll require you to sit and watch some movies and cartoons (almost all in Thai) supposedly showing you how to drive. Try not to fall asleep.

 

 

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Correct

Tabian Baan does not work

immigration is better because even an embassy letter needs to be translated and then authenticated.

You have missed out something I am sure that you have, non- Immigrant Visa   ....    can’t get a DL on tourist visa 

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I have my type O visa and will go via the Immigration office route.

I want to avoid going to the British Embassy as they will shaft for 2-3 K which I resent!

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I got my residency letter through Jaeng Wattana Immigration. I think they charged me 180 baht. Several weeks later, I received a very nice letter all in Thai from the local police station confirming my address. (If the police even came here, I never saw them.) The embassies are ridiculously overpriced. It costs at least 1,500 baht at the US Embassy for them to sign a piece of paper for you, plus nowadays you have to make an appointment just to see them! Even back in the 1980s the US Embassy would charge you $1 a page for photo copies, when you could go out on the street and have them done for half a baht.

There's a special desk for the residency letters. Let them know what you want and you can save yourself time, since it's the same window as used by tourists extending their visas. Once the police sergeant saw what I wanted, she called me in and did my form on the spot. Otherwise,  I'd have had to wait for my number to come up - with dozens of tourists ahead of me.

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