When I went to get my retirement Visa last year, they wanted proof of residence. So I gave them my Black House Book. They said that was no good, as It didn't have my name in it...well it wouldn't, would it as Farangs cannot own land. They said: did I
have a Driving License? no I'm afraid not, what about a water or Electric bill with my name and address on it? My name is not on them. After a lot of toing and froing home, they gave me the visa eventually. So I decided I'd better get a driving License.
A friend Jo, a taxi driver said he would take me as I had no idea where the test centre was, or what to do when I got there. I had to get a proof of residence letter from immigration first, so I went to soi 5 with my Passport,
House book and 2 photos and they gave me the necessary paperwork.
Next morning we went to the test centre, where I registered and they said come back at 8am next Tuesday, which I did.
We then had some
tricky eye tests, then 4 1/2 hours of videos on all aspects of Driving of which all of 5 minutes were about motorcycling. There were ten minutes of Thai people relating their accidents and about 15 minutes of terrible crashes caught on CCTV, most of them
looked fatal, with pictures of dead people on the road. Most of them were caused by running Red Lights and Speeding. There was a 20 inch TV, with blue subtitles, so it was very hard to understand what was being said and the seats were very hard.
Then it was back for a third day, this time I had to go on the motorcycle for the driving test. It was 25km round the back way, as motor cycles are not allowed on the Motorway. The test was easy, as long as you could ride, you passed.
Now came the hard part, 50 multi choice questions on driving and road signs. They were not all straight forward, a lot about car parking, which I knew nothing about, and you could only get 5 wrong. I'm afraid I got 15 wrong. But
the good news is you can go back next day and take it again. They give you the answers to the questions you get wrong, so I managed to pass with 48 right.
My Visa renewal is due next month, I wonder if they'll want to see my
driving License? I bet they don't, haha.