Ignorance is No Excuse for Not Following the Law
Although any motorbike rental company in Chiang Mai will rent you a bike without asking to see your driving license (their sole interest will be a copy of your passport), driving legally in Chiang Mai (or renting a car) requires one. The only accepted form of license is an International Driving Permit or a Thai Driving License for the class of vehicle you are driving.
If you find yourself pulled over in one of the frequent police roadblocks enforcing helmet and license violations, whipping out your New York City or Munich driver license is useless and the 400 BHT fine you receive (same amount for no helmet) must be settled on the spot.
If you do get caught it’s best to mind your manners since belligerence will only be rewarded with impoundment of your bike and additional headaches figuring out what to do from there.
- Appointment required
- Separate process for existing and new license class applications
- Guroo support included at transport office
- License renewal service available
3 Types of Applications
There are three separate and distinct processes regarding Thai driving licensure in Chiang Mai. The first applies to obtaining the same class of driver license already held in your home country, the second when applying for a new class of license for the first time, and the third applies to renewing your existing Thai driving license.