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EU DRIVING LICENCE/ UK DRIVING LICENCE

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EU DRIVING LICENCE/ UK DRIVING LICENCE

Post Posted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 9:32 am

HI THERE
any info would be mostly appreciated.

Does anyone know what reservations and rules (if any) are applicable in the UK for holders of an EU driving licence?
Are there any time limits applicable or other formalities to satisfy etc..
Thanks in advance.
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Re: EU DRIVING LICENCE/ UK DRIVING LICENCE

Post Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 8:43 am

As far as I remember the UK are part of the EU Smile

 

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Re: EU DRIVING LICENCE/ UK DRIVING LICENCE

Post Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:30 pm

Birgit,
thanks for the info!
I am afraid your reply still leaves me with the question:
do you still know if there are any formalities applicable?
Shocked
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Re: EU DRIVING LICENCE/ UK DRIVING LICENCE

Post Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 8:53 pm

My husband drove for years with his Greek driving licence (until he changed it to a UK one, which he thought he had to, but it turns out he didn't - looooong story).

My friend's been driving with a Spanish driving licence for the last 5 years - no problems.

You will be fine to drive with any EU licence, worry not. Smile

 

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Re: EU DRIVING LICENCE/ UK DRIVING LICENCE

Post Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:53 pm

In my deeply official DVLC Voice:
"After 3 years of continual residency, you should exchange your driving license for a UK version. Your old license is sent back to the country of issue."

Personally, I think the last part is a load of bull. Of course they won't post it back! How much would that be in postage? There's a cheaper option called a shredder!

So timing is 3 years. Formalities? Other than conforming to the normal rules and regulations of the DVLC, there are none! English isn't a pre-requisite, so long as you understand and obey the directions of the instructor!

 

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Re: EU DRIVING LICENCE/ UK DRIVING LICENCE

Post Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:34 pm

- grantedEU

In my deeply official DVLC Voice:
"After 3 years of continual residency, you should exchange your driving license for a UK version. Your old license is sent back to the country of issue."

Personally, I think the last part is a load of bull. Of course they won't post it back! How much would that be in postage? There's a cheaper option called a shredder!

So timing is 3 years. Formalities? Other than conforming to the normal rules and regulations of the DVLC, there are none! English isn't a pre-requisite, so long as you understand and obey the directions of the instructor!



So if it is as simple as you say it is, Why am I getting stuffed around by the DVLA and being told that I would have to be a resident 185 days before any exchange can happen, or I would have to then apply for a Uk provisional then do training and tests before being passed for a uk Licence

 

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Re: EU DRIVING LICENCE/ UK DRIVING LICENCE

Post Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:47 pm

- warrigal

- grantedEU

In my deeply official DVLC Voice:
"After 3 years of continual residency, you should exchange your driving license for a UK version. Your old license is sent back to the country of issue."

Personally, I think the last part is a load of bull. Of course they won't post it back! How much would that be in postage? There's a cheaper option called a shredder!

So timing is 3 years. Formalities? Other than conforming to the normal rules and regulations of the DVLC, there are none! English isn't a pre-requisite, so long as you understand and obey the directions of the instructor!



So if it is as simple as you say it is, Why am I getting stuffed around by the DVLA and being told that I would have to be a resident 185 days before any exchange can happen, or I would have to then apply for a Uk provisional then do training and tests before being passed for a uk Licence



Presumably you are not an EU resident from a country with an inter licence agreement. If you for instance have a Spanish licence and move to the UK you are able to keep your licence subject to UK laws, and until it expires. Then you have to exchange it for a UK licence, but you dont need to take a new test

 

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