Driving Abroad Post-Brexit



UK Drivers Abroad from 29 March 2019

The UK government website advises that drivers from the UK might need a different international driving permit (IDP) and possibly extra documentation to drive abroad after Brexit.

UK Nationals Living in the EU

If you’re a UK driving licence holder and you live in the EU or EEA you are advised to exchange it for a local licence before 29 March 2019.

From that date, you may have to pass a driving test in the EU country you live in, in order to be able to continue driving there and therefore should consider exchanging your UK licence for an EU driving licence as soon as possible.

If you return to live in the UK, you will be able to exchange your EU licence for a UK licence without taking another test provided you passed your driving test in the UK or in another approved country.

Following the UK’s exit from the EU, it is also recommended that you display a GB sticker on the rear of your vehicle when you are visiting and driving over there, irrespective of whether you currently have a number plate which includes the GB identifier.

EU Drivers Visiting or Living in the UK after EU Exit

Visitors or foreign residents with EU and EEA driving licences will not need an IDP to drive in the UK and will be able to continue to drive on valid EU and EEA licences.

EU and EEA licence holders who passed their test outside the EU or EEA have restrictions on licence exchange. They may need to take a test to obtain a UK licence depending on where they passed their test.

You can find out more about this by clicking on this link from the UK government site: exchanging a foreign driving licence

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