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General Questions About when moving to the UK

Do I need to pass a driving test when moving to the UK from another country?

You may drive on your full, valid out-of-country driving licence for 12 months from the day you take up residence in the UK. After 12 months, you’ll need to apply for a provisional licence and pass the theory and practical driving tests in order to continue driving.

You can drive on your full, valid out-of-country driving licence for 12 months from the day you take up residence in the UK. EU licences are valid for 3 years.

We hope we have answered a number of questions you may have on this page. Should you still require more information, you may visit the official website of the UK Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA for short) https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving

Additional Questions / FAQ's

Q. Do I need to register my non-UK driving licence?

You need register your non-UK driving license only if you drive a bus that seats at least 9 people or any vehicle weighing over 3.5 tonnes. To register you must obtain a D9 form, fill and submit it to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Q. Can I exchange my non-UK driving licence for a UK driving licence?

Yes. You can exchange your out-of-country licence with a UK one if you obtained your licence from one of the designated countries listed by the DLVA. You are considered a resident only if you can claim a permanent address in Great Britain or Northern Ireland and have resided there for a minimum of 185 days over the past year.

You can obtain and fill form D1 from the DLVA, pay the fee amount and submit other documents.

Note that the maximum driving age in the UK is 70 years.

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