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Mine was 5 days early.  You get a 5 year license plus the time upto your next birthday.
I have heard of , but wouldn't be happy about trying myself, going the day after your old license  expires so you get 5 years plus the 364 days until your next birthday.
How early you can renew?  There is probably an official date, but This Is Thailand, so who knows.

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We arrived at 12.30.  At 12.50 they took our paperwork.  First you need an application form which are on a bench immediately on your left as you enter building 3.  This form just needs your name and today's date.  It has a number of boxes on it for the officials to tick as you pass through the whole process.At 1pm at desk number 1 a lady took my paperwork.  I gave her my expiring driving license, original passport and a copy of the id page and the latest visa page.  She highlighted the date of the visa expiry and the passport number. I gave her a copy of my yellow tabien baan but she didn't seem interested and just asked my wife if we still lived at the address on the expiring license, which we do.   No mention of the medical form which I had just in case.  No mention of a police/immigration report.  She  gave us the paperwork back and a card with a number on it and the time 1300 to 1400 which is the video time. She then send us upstairs.First into a room with three machines of sorts.  First put your nose up against a guide and she lights  a red or yellow or green light to the side which you have to see with your peripheral vision.  Secondly sit in a chair and press a pedal with your right foot.  After a few seconds a light comes on up a scale and you must asap press another pedal.  That checks your reaction time.  Then she points to red or yellow or green on a circle made up of coloured dots.  Finally a depth of vision test where  there are two white pegs in a box.  she pulls the left one back and with a control box you must move it forward until it is as close as possible to being level with the other one.  Before these tests she gave me a little folder explaining them in English.Next into another room for a little pep talk in Thai and she put on a very loud safety film which lasted about 35 minutes.    After that downstairs and when your name is called check  your details on a form before they are put on you license card and sign to acknowledge them.  Pay your money (555 baht for me) and sit down and wait for the photographer.  He was very efficient and 5 minutes later I have a new license good for 5 more years.
Sorry to have waffled on but I hope it helps someone.  This was Muang Khon Kaen near Sala Klang.

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Read any good books lately? / Re: Culture Shock! Thailand
« on: January 14, 2019, 07:26:49 PM »
And there are literally thousands of ebooks in torrents available.  I can recommend a program called Calibre to look after your ebooks in libraries and it's excellent at converting one format to another, eg epub to mobi

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Last Friday my wife and I were in town so we popped over to the driving license centre to ask.  The very first thing he mentioned was a medical form which even their own website says is not necessary for a 5 year to 5 year renewal.  No consistency, rules made up on the spot.  We are going tomorrow and I'll report back.

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Open discussion / Renewing a 5 year driving license in Meuang Khon Kaen
« on: January 06, 2019, 07:32:00 PM »
Has anybody recently renewed a 5 year car driving license in Meuang Khon Kaen? If so please could you tell me the documents required.  Thanks very much.

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Where to find . . . / Re: Computer Printer Repair
« on: December 13, 2018, 05:50:51 PM »
I think the name is KR Printer Service.  The words are the English words, but written in the Thai script.

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User Guide / Re: How to add images to your posts
« on: December 04, 2018, 02:29:28 PM »
I think "updat4"  is a little bit cryptic for most of us.

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Visas, et al / Re: Is Khon Kaen Immigration moving?
« on: November 28, 2018, 03:38:51 PM »
Don't give them any ideas!  Pray to the god of your choice that we all do not have to go back to Nong Khai.

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Visas, et al / Re: Is Khon Kaen Immigration moving?
« on: November 27, 2018, 07:30:50 PM »
And of course our future tram system will go there.

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Visas, et al / Re: Is Khon Kaen Immigration moving?
« on: November 25, 2018, 05:30:23 PM »
I read it as Bus station 3, building 2, floor 2.  I'll pop up and have a look this coming week as it's very close to me.

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Open discussion / Re: Change of ATM card
« on: November 20, 2018, 06:16:36 PM »
Sorry, forgot to mention.  You'll need your passport of course.

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Open discussion / Christmas Dinner?
« on: November 20, 2018, 06:13:44 PM »
A tad early, but has anybody heard of  a hotel/restaurant doing a Christmas dinner this year?  (except the Pullman, I'm a poor farang this year)

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Open discussion / Change of ATM card
« on: November 20, 2018, 06:11:32 PM »
When I used my Kasikorn Thai ATM card  a couple of days ago I  received a message on the ATM screen that said all cards with 4 digit PIN numbers must be changed for the new chip 'n' pin 6 digit PIN  by 31st December.  So today  my good lady wife and I went to Tesco/Lotus on Mittrapharp to go to my bank.  First surprise, Lotus have introduced a parking scheme.  You get a card on entry which you give back when you leave.  First 3 hours parking is free.  They were so slow handing out the cards that on a quiet morning well before lunch there was a queue back out onto Mittrapharp.  That'll be fun the next weekend when everybody's been paid.  There was also a bemused queue jockeying for position to hand back your card when you left. 

Kasikorn bank was busy.  It must be all those small businesses on site. When we got to the customer service desk it took about 15 minutes per card to get the new one. At a cost.  I did have to have a cheaper ATM card because at my age they will not insure me.  And we have three accounts.  6 or 7 sheets of A4 per card, with multiple signatures.  Both sets of signatures for a joint account.  Then the girls serving us has to get a counter-signature from the  girl next to her.  Paperless office?  I should cocoa. The only good news was that they could do your new card even if the account was held at another branch, which one of ours was.  A member of staff followed us outside and showed us how to change the PIN from that provided on the security paper provided with the new card to the PIN we wanted.  My wife and I had sorted the three new PINs out beforehand.
My passbooks were also updated but just gave a total of all debits and credits, no individual items. 

So if you only use your card infrequently you must change it before the end of the year.

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New Member Introductions / Re: Hi
« on: November 09, 2018, 06:40:28 PM »
Well, it's hard to argue with that!

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Food, Dining, Restaurants / Re: Nookies delights,frozen foods & dry goods
« on: October 23, 2018, 03:27:21 PM »
Paul, will that be your last delivery before Christmas?

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