Staying up-to-date with my home country

While I am living already an considerable time in Thailand I still have some ties with my home country. Besides family and some friends that are my passport and my driver license. So both have to be replaced once & while. Now my new passport is valid for 10 years, instead of 5 years like before. My driver license is valid for 10 years (although my driving permit is valid until I am 65). So also this needs to be replaced. In the old days this was very easy. Now it is a bit more difficult.

First of all I need to fill in digitally an application form to get an application form. Then the application form is send to an postal address in my home country. I need to fill in that application form and add a pass-photo to it. And not just any pass-photo but one that is made according the official rules of my home country.

And they need proof of my address in Thailand. How to get that? Well the immigration office could give me an "Letter of Residence" but that would be in Thai. That would then have to be translated officially, stamped officially, etc. Too much work. Luckily my embassy can give me an "Letter of Residency". And luckily I can do that by mail. The only thing is I will need a document stating my address. And it costs 1.300 Thai baht. And it takes about 10 days.

What my embassy needs :

  • Complete filled in application form
  • Letter stating what document I need and why 
  • Contact information
  • Copy of holder-page of passport + visum page
  • 1.300 Thai baht
  • Proof of address (copy of rental contract / electric bill)
  • Envelop with my address and 50 Thai baht in stamps

First step
So until now I applied for an application form, that will be send to my family in my home-country. They will send to it to me in Thailand.

Second step
I will fill it in and supply with all the information. Then I will send it back to the Netherlands.

Third step
Then my new driver license will be send to my family in the Netherlands. As I will be in the Netherlands later this year I can then pick it up also use it for driving in the Netherlands.

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