To drive a motorcycle legally in Thailand you with either need a valid international driving permit or a Thai motorcycle license. A valid foreign license is not accepted in Thailand.
An international driving license is easily obtained in your own country. They are usually valid for one year and it's best to not leave it until the last moment.
- In the United States, International Driver Permits (IDPs) are only issued by the American Automobile Association and the American Automobile Touring Alliance. Processing generally takes 10 to 15 business days, though expedited services may be available to get your license within one or two business days for an additional fee.
- In the UK, you can get IDPs over the counter at the Post Office.
- In Australia you can go here to apply for an IDP online.
- Most other countries have relatively simple procedures to obtain an IDP.
Depending on the length of your stay in Thailand, it may be possible to obtain a Thai driving license with proof of residency, a health certificate, an arrival card and a letter from immigration. This can be done through one of the many "license agents" that help you through the bureaucratic process.
If you have an accident in Thailand and don't have a valid IDP or Thai license, you will not be insured. So if you plan to tour with us, please ensure that you have a legal license. You must carry the license with you at all times.