Of course they extended it. What else would they expect people to do, stop driving?
I was lucky. I got my renewal just in time. I have a feeling what I went through was nothing compared to the chaos that will likely be at the Land Transport offices in January - if indeed they do reopen in January. I just hope they will have reopened 5 years from now - when my current license expires. And I wouldn't bet the farm on it . . .
All I can suggest is if you need a driving license or renewal, once they reopen get there early - and I mean early
- to stand any chance of getting in.
And don't forget to download the video and print out the page that shows you passed. Also, don't forget the medical certificate and residence certificate.
Thailand extends relaxation for drivers to use expired licenses until December 31
By Pattaya Mail
August 23, 2021
The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has coordinated with the Royal Thai Police (RTP) to extend the expiry date of driving licenses and allow them to be used until December 31, 2021.
Mr. Chirut Wisanchit, DLT Director-General, has announced the suspension of services supplying driving licenses at Land Transport offices nationwide until there is an announcement on the cancellation of the emergency situation or other such development. During the service suspension period, the DLT is coordinating with the RTP to extend the expiry date of driving licenses and personal vehicle licenses and allow them to be used when necessary to present to the authorities, until September 30, 2021. As the COVID-19 situation has escalated, the DLT is coordinating with the RTP to ease the enforcement of the law. The RTP is extending the period of leniency in enforcing any rules, regulations, ordinances and orders affecting holders of expired driving licenses under the law on cars and holders of expired personal driving licenses, allowing them to be used until December 31, 2021.
The Director General of the DLT added that people who have documents supporting applications to obtain or renew their driving licenses such as a medical certificate, training and testing certificates, a request that has not been completed within 90 days or the result of the e-Learning training that has expired since April 16, 2021, when the service suspension started, can use them as supporting documents until December 31, 2021, meaning that people can use the documents when needed.
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