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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by koman
    Question1 Can I drive in the UK temporarily on a Thai license?
    You can apply for an international license (in Thailand) and drive on it for up to a year.

    Good luck with the trip back.

    You can apply for an International Driver Permit in Thailand as long you are on a 5 year licence, they are not issued against the 2 year (used to be 1 year) temp licence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    You can drive in the UK for 12 months using a Thai driving licence. 100% guaranteed.

    No requirement to obtain an International Licence.
    Absolutely correct. My wife did exactly that. Then, after she'd already been driving on British roads for a year on her Thai licence, they made here do the theory and practical driving tests so she could continue to drive on British roads. Go figure


    BTW, the International thingy mentioned earlier is not an International Driving Licence (they only exist on Khao San Road and similar dodgy places) it's an International Driving Permit.


    If you do really want an IDP you can apply at any Department of Land Transport Office in Thailand. The Thai IDP looks like this



    That pic is from a Teakdoor Thai Driving Licence Thread here http://teakdoor.com/doing-things-leg...g-licence.html (Thai Driving Licence)
    Nice picture of you DrB0b. Love your hat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b
    It's not that bad. Go to Transport Office with passport, two photos, residence letter, 500 Baht. fill form, pay money, wait 30 minutes, get IDP
    Getting the resident certificate can be a chore in itself, then getting out of your pit, the photo booth, bank, transport office. All that form filling and waiting around.

    Yep thats a palaver alright

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    Quote Originally Posted by koman View Post
    The real reason I brought this up is because I have been offered the use of a privately owned car. Just want to make sure the insurance company does not go ape-shit.
    I believe that is the main reason for the IDP - to make it all legal like in case you need to make an insurance claim. You might find the claim denied otherwise.

    I always get the IDP for trips to Thailand on my Oz license. BiB are not interested in it at checkpoint stops, but I always get it should insurance ever need it. Costs AUD $35 here (~B850), good for a year.

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    Save your money. An IDP has no validity in its own right.
    The only use for this outdated form of licence is in the very limited number of countries where you cannot hire a car with your own country's driving licence.
    Nothing to do with insurance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
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    Save your money. An IDP has no validity in its own right.
    The only use for this outdated form of licence is in the very limited number of countries where you cannot hire a car with your own country's driving licence.
    Nothing to do with insurance.
    I've always had one when driving overseas. As has been stated, it is used in conjunction with an ordinary driving license. If you want to get to a car hire company and find they won't give you a car then fine. If you're not worried about being certain you're legal to drive...again, good luck.

    Personally, I don't want to run the risk of fucking up my holiday plans to save a tenner and a couple of hours it takes to get an International licence.

    And of course it is connected to insurance if you are not legal to drive, unless you've been fortunate enough to find an insurance company determined to pay out in any circumstance.

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    The Thai licence is good for everywhere --have hired cars and driven in UK ,USA, New Zealand
    It does have some real advantages in the UK ,it seems that if you trigger a camera etc and the hire company gives your address as required, in Nakkon Nowhere Thailand ,the authorities do not seem to persue it further

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    I drive in Thailand on an international drivers licence issued in Australia which clearly states inside it is valid in Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123
    Save your money. An IDP has no validity in its own right.
    The only use for this outdated form of licence is in the very limited number of countries where you cannot hire a car with your own country's driving licence.
    Nothing to do with insurance
    At last, someone with some sense

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    ^^ surely you'll have a Thai drivers license after 2 or more decades here?

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    Most countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA have this agreement with Thailand under the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic or the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic.

    https://www.angloinfo.com/how-to/tha...iving-licences

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    I drive in Thailand on an international drivers licence issued in Australia which clearly states inside it is valid in Thailand.
    Check the small print regarding your insurance, it says an 'IDP is only acceptable for the first 3 months of being in Thailand. Thereafter a Thai licence must be obtained'.

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    Arent the Aussie licenses valid for 10 years like the UK ones?

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    Are those pies insured LT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by donald36
    It does have some real advantages in the UK ,it seems that if you trigger a camera etc and the hire company gives your address as required, in Nakkon Nowhere Thailand ,the authorities do not seem to persue it further
    Not true. The hire company retains your credit card number, a condition upon hiring, and in the event they receive a claim, regarding the car, after you hand it back they will automatically bill you. It happened to me in the UK.

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    The AA list of countries that require an IDP in addition to a UK licence.

    Anyone think the list for Thai licence holders will be shorter.

    My attitude is why risk getting caught out.

    https://www.theaa.com/driving-advice...-country-list#

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    I drive in Thailand on an international drivers licence issued in Australia which clearly states inside it is valid in Thailand.
    Check the small print regarding your insurance, it says an 'IDP is only acceptable for the first 3 months of being in Thailand. Thereafter a Thai licence must be obtained'.
    Correct.

    It's also only valid if you're on a tourist visa.

    LT is not legal to drive in Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by donald36
    It does have some real advantages in the UK ,it seems that if you trigger a camera etc and the hire company gives your address as required, in Nakkon Nowhere Thailand ,the authorities do not seem to persue it further
    Not true. The hire company retains your credit card number, a condition upon hiring, and in the event they receive a claim, regarding the car, after you hand it back they will automatically bill you. It happened to me in the UK.
    This is not my experience but yours is different --maybe I was lucky

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    I drive in Thailand on an international drivers licence issued in Australia which clearly states inside it is valid in Thailand.
    After all these years you have never bothered to get a Thai licence ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Arent the Aussie licenses valid for 10 years like the UK ones?
    5 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donald36
    This is not my experience but yours is different --maybe I was lucky
    I got caught by a camera overstaying on private land. I handed the car back as per contract nothing said. A week or so later I noticed a withdrawal on my bank statement. On questioning it I found out about the overstay penalty. The car owner (hire company) are liable and that is why they keep you credit card number. You cannot hire a car in the UK unless you use a card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donald36
    maybe I was lucky
    You should check your credit card bill.

    Avis charged my card 1000 baht when i was here driving on my UK license 2 months after i rented the car, even sent me the photo doing 135 kmh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    Avis charged my card 1000 baht when i was here driving on my UK license 2 months after i rented the car, even sent me the photo doing 135 kmh
    Similar to me. I was sent photo copy of my offence, including all details.

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    Well it looks like the advise received on here was good..... I had no problems renting cars at all. In once case I reserved a little Ford shitbox and ended up with a BMW because the previous renter managed to bang up the Ford. It does seem a bit bizarre that they will let you run around for a whole year in a BMW but then ask you to take the full drivers examination to get a UK licence. The UK sure has changed since I left. A pint of ale and a basket of fish n chips now costs about the same as a decent used car when I left.....
    One thing that has not changed much is the weather.....out of almost 2 months I saw about five days when it was not raw, damp and miserable. Most of the places I stayed seemed to have a policy of turning the heat on based on some preset date like Nov 1st....instead of the temperature which is what the rest of the world does. It was fooking freezing at times and no heat was made available.
    Anyway thanks for the info guys....TD does come through at times....
    I blame the Americans......and Thaksin.

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