A Residence Certificate is needed by foreigners to obtain a Thai Driving License and for buying a vehicle.
Chonburi (Pattaya) Immigration issues the Certificate for a fee of 300 baht. It usually can be obtained the same day, often with only a brief wait, unless obtained in afternoon, when you may be asked to return the following business day to pick it up.
Although the Land Transport Office will accept one original and a photocopy of the Certificate if obtaining both an automobile and motorcycle license, the Immigration Office will tell you that you need an original Certificate for each if you indicate on the application form it is for both - if you indicate it is only for one or the other, you can make a photocopy to give to the Land Transport Office with your documentation for the second license (motorcycle or automobile).
1. Upon entering the Immigration Office, advise the Officer at the Information Counter that you want a residence certificate for either obtaining a driving license or purchasing a vehicle. If you are getting two original certificates, you will need two sets of documents.
2. Take the completed form(s) and documents to the Information Counter - after checking them for completeness, you will receive a queue ticket for Desk 9 - this desk is the first on your left after entering the main seating area; take a seat in front of desk 9 and wait for your number to be called (there are displays on the back wall showing the desk number and current queue number being served as well as an announcement on their public address system).
3. When called, the Immigration Officer will check your documents, collect the 300 baht fee, give you a “claim check”, and tell you when to return to pick up your Certificate of Residence.
4. When you return to pick up the Certificate, you do not have to get a queue number, just go to Desk 9 and hand them your “claim check”, pick up your passport and Certificate(s).
Note: You can get photocopies and photographs from the shop adjacent to the Immigration Office if you wish for a small fee based on the number needed.
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