UK Driving Licence Validity Post-Brexit

If you hold a UK driving license and will be driving in Europe, please be aware that your driving licence validity post-Brexit may change and you might need an International Driving Permit (IDP).

In 2019, the UK government altered how it issues IDPs. No longer can you get them by post through the AA or at their shops at the ferry terminals. Now, the permits are only available at selected UK Post Offices – please click here for further information. This is no problem if you are living in the UK and are just visiting Europe. However, if you are resident in Europe, you might no longer be allowed to use your UK licence, even with an IDP. In that case, you will need to obtain a local licence.

Anyone planning on driving from the UK to Europe should take a look at this page on the AA website. It gives full details of what is changing and what could happen in the event of the dreaded ”no-deal” Brexit. Please be aware that the site is only applicable to UK residents wishing to travel to Europe – as mentioned above, UK citizens residing in Europe will need a local driving licence.

If you plan on driving from the UK to Europe, it is essential that you comply with all the rules of the country or countries you are visiting. These rules vary from place to place, but in many instances, you will be required to carry some or all of the following:

  • Passport with at least six months validity remaining.
  • Your driving licence and an International Driving Permit.
  • The vehicle’s logbook (V5C).
  • Green Card and the insurance certificate. The Green Card is available from the insurer.
  • First aid kit.
  • Warning triangle
  • Reflective vest or jacket.
  • Breathalysers.
  • Headlamp beam correctors.
  • GB sticker.
  • Emission stickers.

The AA website has a very useful country-by-country list that details the rules you need to follow when driving overseas and what you need to take.

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