This Article is part of the Motor Vehicle Act
Anyone who wishes to drive a motor vehicle on public roads must possess an appropriate driver's license. The driver must carry the driver's license and a photocopy of the registration book and show them to competent officers upon request. This does not apply for those who are learning to drive a motor vehicle according to the provision of Section 57.
If the driver is an alien who doesn't have an immigrant visa, he may drive a motor vehicle with a driver's license specified in the Section 42-2. In such a case, he must carry documents specified by the treaty between the Thai government and the government which issued such driver's license, and show them to competent officers upon request.
In case there's a treaty between the Thai government and a foreign government regarding mutual acceptance of driver's license, an alien who doesn't have an immigrant visa may drive a motor vehicle with a driver's license issued by such a foreign government, or an automobile association authorized by such a foreign government.
Anyone who wishes to drive a motor vehicle must apply for a driver's license according to following categories:
Those who has a license #4 may drive a private car. Those who has a license #5 may drive a private three-wheeled car.
A driver's license under the category #1 - #6 or #9 is valid for one year. A driver's license under the category #7 or #8 is valid for three years. Upon renewal of a driver's license, it is valid for either one year or three years.
A driver's license under the category #2, #3 or #6 may be renewed as valid for life.
To apply for a driver's license, the applicant must satisfy requirements set by this Act.
Requirements for application of license #1
Requirements for application of license #2 - #6
Requirements for application of life-long license #2, #3 and #6
Requirements for application of license #4 and #5
He who wishes to apply for license #4 or #5, but cannot satisfy the 8th provision of Section 49, may turn in a petition.
Requirements for application of license #7, #8 or #9
He who has license #2, #4, #5 or #6 may apply for license #10.
(appointing of inspectors who examine applicants)
A driver's license may be revoked when the driver no longer cannot satisfy the requirements.
A driver's license may be suspended for not longer than one year for following reasons:
In case of losing a driver's license, the driver must report it within 15 days, and receives a substitute license. After receiving a substitute license, if the lost license is discovered, he must return the substitute license within 15 days.
The owner or driver of a motor vehicle must not let anyone without a proper driver's license to drive the vehicle, except under the provisions of Section 57
When practicing to drive a motor vehicle, the learner must be under the instruction of a driver who has had the license for that vehicle for at least 3 years.
During the driving lesson, no other person than the learner and the instructor may stay in the vehicle.
The instructor is responsible for any damage or accident during a lesson, unless it is proved that the learner refused to obey his instruction.