How to get a Thai Drivers License in Chiang Mai

How to get a Thai Drivers License in Chiang Mai

I was looking online for informations about how to get a Thai Drivers License and found some – more or less – valid informations.

I decided to write about how to get a drivers license in Chiang Mai because I just did it yesterday – succesfull!

If you live in Chiang Mai and if you drive a motorbike, driving gets annoying pretty soon. There is police waiting on the side of the road, pulling every motorbike driver over. Wether you not wearing a helmet or not having a valid drivers license for Thailand, you will be charged 400 Baht each time. Also, if you have a international drivers license, and you stay in Thailand longer than 60 days, this license is no longer valid. Furthermore, sometimes if you´re unlucky, you have to pay even if your international drivers license is still valid.

That´s why I got my own Thai Drivers License, it´s a bit of a hassle, but after that you´ll be fine…


What you need in order to get a Thai drivers license

1. Medical Certificate
Go to a doctor and ask for a medical certificate. They will show you a couple of colored cards with numbers on it, check your blood pressure and thats it. It´s around 50-100 Baht.

2. Certificate of Residency
How to get a Certificate of Residency:

Go to the second floor of Promenada mall.

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Documents needed for the Certificate
1. 2 Color Photos 1.5 in x 2.36 in (4 cm x 6 cm)
2. Copy´s of Passport (1st Page; VISA Page; TM6, TM30).
3. Original Passport
4. Proof of Residence (Rental Contract or Yellow Residency Book or Letter from your Landlord)
5. Filled out Application Form (Thai-Residency-Certificate-Form)

After you give the everything, they will take some time to process it. You will be given a number with a date and time on it, so you have to go there again on that specific date and collect your Resicency Certificate.

I did not cost a thing, and it only took 4 Days so maybe the speed of the procedure got optimized…

3. Copy´s of Passport, latest Visa Stamp, TM6 Card, TM30 Card

4. You international drivers license – if you´re lucky to be from an english speaking country you just need your original drivers license (Make copy´s of both your international and your original drivers license)

5. Application for Drivers License (Application_For_Driving_License)
Filled out form for the drivers license. If you want Motorbike and Car, you´ll need to fill this out twice.
Same with all the copy´s above. You need 2 copy´s of everything if you wanna get two drivers licenses.

6. Original drivers license

7. Passport

Note that both Medical Certificate and Certificate of Residency are only valid for 30 days so get your stuff together!


How to obtain a Thai Drivers Licence in Chiang Mai

First you need to go to the Chiangmai Provincial Land Transport Office which is located on Hang Dong Road, about 3 Kilometers south of Airport Plaza. There is a Big C right after it and it´s easy to find.

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Go in there and a guy will hand you out another form in Thai. You just need to put your name and telephone number and what drivers license you´re applying for on it. (It´s all in Thai, but the people there will help you).

As soon as the second floor is opened, pass the information and go directly to the Information for foreigners. Hand them your filled out forms, copys, passport and drivers licence.

They will give you a queue card (C 10) for example, but it won´t show up on any screen. They also keep all your papers, including your passport! Ask at the counter where to wait.

There is an open door that leads inside to the testing area. With your queue card, you´ll have to sit and wait until everyone waiting around you will go into that area. You go there too, stand in line and make a color blindness test.

Remember the Thai words for blue, yellow, green and red!

Blue (fah)
Yellow (luang)
Green (kheow)
Red (daeng)

A guy will point at a color and you just name it. If you say it in Thai you get some extra appreciation. In my case, the last green dot I couldn´t remember the Thai name so I said it in english, it was a big lough from everyone around.

Once you finished with the color blindness test, you give the queue card to a lady inside that area, just follow the locals… You get back your papers.

Next you´ll be asked to go into room 2. It´s a small room with computers and a projector. Don´t make the mistake and go into room 3. It´s a huge class room, I went in there being the only foreigner, and after a few minutes I was asked to leave and go to room 2.

Anyway, you will be shown a video about safety and the general rules of driving in Thailand. The video is about 45 minutes, pretty boring, but maybe you can get something out of it.

Once finished, they will tell you to which counter you need to go (27 in my case). Pay for the drivers licence.
155 Baht for motorbike and 205 Baht for car.

The stuff will tell you to go inside the area where you took the color test. There a photo booths, where you pic a queue card (again). Sit down and wait until your number is on the screen.

Go into the booth, they take your photo and will issue your 1 year valid drivers license. You´re done!


Pretty easy right, get your Thai Drivers License right now…

The whole process for getting a Thai Drivers License took me around 2 and a half hours. I was lucky cause there where so many Thai people applying for a drivers license, and their video take more time than the english version…

In my case, there was no such thing as reflex test or depth perception test. Maybe it happens on any other day, i don´t know.

BTW, the first drivers license is only valid for one year but after that year you can renew it and get 5 years.

Hope that helped.


If you want to print this post here is the PDF on how to get a Thai Drivers License in Chiang Mai.
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Top 5 “Hidden Gem” Coffee Shops in Chiang Mai

Top 5 “Hidden Gem” Coffee Shops in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai – a coffee lovers paradise…

I love coffee, I think I already made that clear. I love silence too. I like to work in a quiet space, surrounded by nice people and lots of trees and flowers. There countless coffee shops in Chiang Mai so I decided to write only about 5 of them and those I go a lot. Easy to love these places and their owners and the staff. Everybody is very friendly and not only pretending to be friendly. 

You digital nomads out there, check out my top 5 “hidden gem” coffee shops in Chiang Mai. I promise you won´t regret taking a look at them.

Happy Espresso

DL 33Mbps
UL 20Mbps

Coffee Prices
Espresso 50 Baht
Americano 50 Baht
Cappuccino 60 Baht
Cafe Latte  60 Baht

Happy Espresso is located right next to the moat down south. It´s a neat place with good internet and great coffee, my most favorite coffee in Chiang Mai. They don´t care so much about having new customers since they mostly sell beans to coffee shops all around town and further.

Happy Espresso has a great atmosphere and it is ideal if you´re living in the old town. The staff is exceptionally friendly, they offer power outlets and some tables and chairs to work on. I prefer not to work there, I´d rather go for a chat an have a good time there.

if you wanna make your own coffee at home, buy beans there for around 250 Baht per 250 gram.

Go check it out, my favorite coffee in Chiang Mai…


Happy Espresso, 15 Bumrungburi Road,
Chiang Mai


Taste Cafe

DL 18Mbps
UL 4Mbps
(Lots of people there when I checked the speed)

Coffee Prices
Espresso 55 Baht
Americano 55 Baht
Cappuccino 55 Baht
Cafe Latte  55 Baht

Taste Cafe is located near Nimman Road, so for all you digital nomads living the Nimman dream. It´s small but offers power outlets and a couple of tables to work on. The coffee is great and they also offer smoothies, shakes, and little snacks.

It´s busy all the time, but I haven´t seen many farangs, that´s why I put it on my list. Staff is very friendly, internet speed is good enough and it´s in a convenient area when you live on Nimman road.

10 Chiangrai Rd . Suthep
Chiangmai 50200


Basecamp Coffee House

DL 90Mbps
UL 40Mbps

Coffee Prices
Espresso 45 Baht
Americano 50 Baht
Cappuccino 50 Baht
Cafe Latte  50 Baht

I love Basecamp Coffee House, the owner is my tattoo sister. I saw an origami piece on here forearm and asked her if I could make something similar. A few weeks later I showed here. Now we are tattoo sister and brother. That´s just one story.

Basecamp Coffee House offers great coffee, shakes, appetizers, meals in all variations and even trekking tours. They have a small shop inside, where you can buy stuff for trekking and outdoor sports activities.

They have a lot of power outlets, very good internet speed and a nice aircon area inside with lots of tables to get work done.

Sitting outside is also a very good option. Lots of shade and very very good coffee!

Get your coffee and cake at Basecamp Coffee House…

Basecamp Coffee House, 6/1 Suthep Rd.
Chiang Mai


Coffee or me

Coffee Prices
Espresso 65 Baht
Americano 65 Baht
Cappuccino 70 Baht
Cafe Latte  70 Baht

This is a special place too. Coffee or me, those guys there are professional baristas with a huge and very expensive coffee machine. They know how to make good coffee and let you feel tranquil in the nature surrounded area.

The staff is very friendly, the internet is fast, there are tables and power outlets… all you need as a digital nomad…

It´s a perfect place for work or for relaxation. Easy to stay a couple of hours without even noticing. Great coffee, cake and a very good (vegan — not sure here) restaurant next by, they also offer free fruits! The area is peaceful with a huge garden to walk around and enjoy yourself…

…take your time at Coffee or me

Coffee or me, 132/1 Khai Lukseau Soi 5, Chang Puak, Amphoe Mueang
Chiang Mai 50300


Somkiat Cafe

DL 40Mbps
UL 50Mbps

Coffee Prices
Espresso 65 Baht
Americano 65 Baht
Cappucino 70 Baht
Cafe Latte  70 Baht

Somkiat Cafe is a quiet place with lots of chairs in and outside offering great coffee and internet. The place is perfect if you´re searching for a place to concentrate since it´s very quiet and surrounded by big trees and lots of greenery.

The owners roast there own coffee, so you can buy their beans and use them at home, around 250 Baht for 250 gram. They are very friendly, offering all sorts of beverages and meals – which are also very good.

Somkiat is the place to go when seeking for silence…

Somkiat Cafe, 105/4 Moo 13 Tambon Suthep
Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai


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