Getting a driving licence

In order to legally drive a car in the UK you need to be over 17 years old and hold a valid community license. You can drive any vehicle for as long as your licence remains valid.

If you have a valid Community licence, this will authorise you to drive in this country for the periods set out below. Alternatively, you can apply to exchange your licence for a British one at any time.

Provided your licence remains valid you may drive in GB -

Ordinary licence holders

Until aged 70 or for 3 years after becoming resident whichever is the longer period.

Vocational licence holders

Until aged 45 or for 5 years after becoming resident whichever is the longer period.

If you are aged over 45 (but under 65) until your 66th birthday or for 5 years after becoming resident whichever is the shorter period.

If you are aged 65 or over for 12 months after becoming resident.

In order to continue driving after these periods, a British driving licence must be obtained.

For more information refer to the DVLA website at www.dvla.gov.uk
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