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International Drivers Permit vs British Driving Licence...

Posted by kittenpooh on 28/2/2007 at 18:34

Does anyone have the definitive answer to this question:
Can I hire a motorcycle in Thailand and drive it legally with only a British Driving Licence?
There seems to be a lot of conflicting information around as to whether or not an International Drivers Permit is required, or if the national licence will suffice...

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Posted by somtam2000 on 28/2/2007 at 20:43 admin

I've hired dozens and dozens of motorbikes in Thailand and have never, ever been asked for any kind of licensewhatsoever. I suppose theoretically you'd need an international licence but I'd be amazed if a motorcycle shop refused to hire you a bike because you only had a UK licence.

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Posted by exacto on 2/3/2007 at 09:04

just for fun, i typed "international driver's license" into my internet search engine. half the websites that came up wanted to sell one to me, and the other half were warning what a scam it is. to echo somtam's comments, i've similarly hired scores of motorbikes in thailand and laos and never been asked for any ID other than a passport, which they typically hold as collateral for the bike.

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Posted by grantroger on 3/3/2007 at 00:53

alternatively, you could get a fake one from Kao Sarn road .... :P

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