What Do I Need To Do With My UK Driving Licence When I Move Abroad?

Can you renew a UK driving Licence If you live abroad?

Re: renew the UK driving licence AFAIK, you can’t renew it legally if it expires while you are living outside the UK.

DVLA will only renew licenses based on a UK residential address, which you don’t have.

That was the case a year or so ago so it may have changed.

Of course, you could still use that address…


How long do you need to hold a UK driving Licence to drive abroad?

one yearHolding and carrying a full UK driving licence is all you should need to drive in Europe, but authorities may want you to have held it for at least one year. Hiring a car abroad can also be very expensive if you’ve only recently passed your driving test.

Can I renew my UK driving Licence after it expires?

The extension will start from the date your licence is due to expire. You will not get a new licence as part of the automatic extension. You’ll only get a new licence when you renew it. You can renew your licence online at any time before the extension ends.

Can I use my UK driving Licence in Europe?

You do not need to exchange your UK driving licence to drive when visiting EU or EEA countries. Instead you will need an international driving permit ( IDP ) as well as your UK driving licence to drive when visiting some EU and EEA countries.

Can I use my UK driving Licence in France?

If you intend to settle in France, after the transition period, your British driving licence will be recognised in France for one year but you will be required to apply to exchange it during this period if a reciprocal agreement is concluded between France and the United Kingdom.

Can I use my UK driving Licence abroad?

You need to take your Great Britain or Northern Ireland driving licence with you to drive abroad. Check yours is still valid and renew your driving licence online if it’s expired or about to expire. You’ll need to apply to renew your licence at least a week before you travel.

Which countries can I drive with UK license?

UK drivers are able to take to the roads with their native licence in Sweden, Italy and Spain, without having to jump through any further regulatory hoops. In Finland, Japan, Hong Kong and New Zealand, a British licence is nearly as useful, being valid for 12 months, which will more than suit anyone going on holiday.

Can I renew my UK driving Licence if I live in France?

If you are a resident in France this does not apply to you as you cannot renew your UK licence. If you live near the border and cross frequently then it’s possible you will need an IDP after 31/12/2020 if you haven’t managed to exchange your licence.

Can I drive in Spain if banned in UK?

You cannot legally drive in Europe if you have been banned from driving in the UK – even if you are using your own car. If stopped by the police you will be asked to produce both the plastic and paper parts of your UK driving licence. Car hire companies can access DVLA records for a fee.

Can you fly to Europe with a UK driving Licence?

Driving licences, post, bank or tax cards are not accepted as valid travel documents or proof of identity. … When travelling to or from a non-Schengen country you must show a valid ID or passport.

How long can I stay in France with a UK passport?

90 daysAlthough UK citizens can stay in France for as much as their passport is valid, UK residents can only stay up to 90 days. If you are a UK resident who wants to stay in France for more than 90 days, then you should apply for an EU residency permit in France through the French Consulate General in London.

Can I drive in France with UK license?

A full, valid UK driving licence is required. Due to new updates from the DVLA the paper counterpart is no longer required and this includes when travelling on the Continent. You must be 18 or over to drive in France. A GB sticker to display in the rear windscreen and your motor insurance certificate(1).