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    Driving in Australia on a Thai license

    Hope some one can help out here. I am going over to Australia for a few weeks holiday. Catch up with family and friends. Now, I have a Thai drivers license but my Aust one expired long ago. My question is am I legal to drive in Australia on my Thai license as Im only there for a few weeks or will I need to get an international one from Thailand?
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    Pretty sure you can drive with the Thai one for a few months and then you need to change but others can cofiirm.

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    cheers mate not leaving till next month so gives me time to organize an alternative

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    Quote Originally Posted by beenaroundawhile01
    cheers mate not leaving till next month so gives me time to organize an alternative
    Go down and get an international license at your nearest Thai licensing office.

    The Aussie cops don't read Thai so good.

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    ^Quite amazing to think that Aussie coppers are being taught Thai, Hindu, and all the other languages. Might as well show them your Thai library card as that will be as valid as a Thai normal driving license I should imagine.

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    A DL in OZ has to be in english, get a intl DL or as the Dog says show the yr library card

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    Yup agreed the same as the states. The new ones may pass as they have all the particulars in English. But they are very new. Get an international to be sure.

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    you can drive on your thai license untill it expires then you must obtain a aust licence ( only know about WA) but you will have to have a writen and practical test

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    I'm pretty certain that the thai one is not valid, aussie or international only valid ones.

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    Cheers guys, might get the international at the thai licensing center. Anyone had any experience with this? how much? how many hoops to jump through? what needed?

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    The "old " Thai license is good, this is based on the fact that its legal in Oz (as long as you resident in Thailand) and becaus last year I was busted for speeding in the QLD & WA and the cops had no problem with my license (and also had no probem with giving me an on the spot fine).

    The "new" Thai license which I just got a few weeks ago is better as it has the issue date / expiry date / name / birth date in english.

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    depends on each state.

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    something funny going on....

    Overseas drivers - licences : VicRoads

    link tells us that you need an English translation...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    I'm pretty certain that the thai one is not valid, aussie or international only valid ones.
    I asked queensland transport about this 2 years ago, mainly concerning a Thai motorbike licence, was wanting to know if i obtained one here, would it A; be valid in Queensland and B; could i convert it to a QLD licence, the answer was no on both counts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by beenaroundawhile01
    cheers mate not leaving till next month so gives me time to organize an alternative
    Go down and get an international license at your nearest Thai licensing office.

    The Aussie cops don't read Thai so good.
    No, but it sure is fun to whip out a foreign license and watch their expression when they ask for ID!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    I'm pretty certain that the thai one is not valid, aussie or international only valid ones.
    I asked queensland transport about this 2 years ago, mainly concerning a Thai motorbike licence, was wanting to know if i obtained one here, would it A; be valid in Queensland and B; could i convert it to a QLD licence, the answer was no on both counts.
    Aussie gov and large companies LOVE to say NO, even if its wrong...

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    Why did you just bump a 7 year old thread and add nothing?

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    Even though it is bumped. I have hired cars from National down there on my Thai License. For what its worth done the same in US and UK.

    Cheers, TP

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    Did ya like it when they took a 3 K AUD deposit on ya credit card.

    I hired one just for 1 day last year.

    3 K AUD deposit on Card.

    If I had an accident even if it was not my Fault the money would be held until the accident was cleared by the Insurance company.

    One would then receive his money back minus any deductible.

    Joking aint Ya.


    In Thailand I have a 10 K Baht deductible if I completely destroy the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Pom
    For what its worth done the same in US and UK.
    You can drive in the UK for 12 months, from day of entry, on a Thai license. Thereafter a UK test must be sat and passed.

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    My 23 year old niece from Thailand has just landed in Australia on a 4 year study visa. I told her to get her drivers license before she left as she is allowed to use that in Australia for as long as she is on a student visa.
    I imagined her taking my kids to school and playing house wife while my missus and I took off for a few days here and there to Tassie, Sydney etc. Well that dream vanished very quickly when I told her to take me for a drive the other day just to see how good she was! Almost had three heart attacks in the first four corners! We have a lot or practise to do.
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    hmm I didn't know a Thai licence held any weight in Australia. For the same reason monopoly money wouldn't be as valid as real cash.

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    ^

    I'll be in Perth next week, I'll find out for sure.

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    Last time in Darwin a month ago I asked about my wife coming over again and driving in Aus. They said she'd have to do a test.

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