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Driving Licences Abroad
Driving Licence Valid Abroad
abroad with your own car can be a planning nightmare. You have to
ensure your car is in excellent condition, your routes must be organised
and of course your paperwork needs to be up to date. There is a
lot to consider before setting off and many people forget some of
the simplest, yet most important points. One of these is checking
that your UK driving licence is able to be used without a problem
in the country youíre visiting.
Where Can You Use Your UK Licence?
Regardless of where youíre planning to drive, always make sure that
your licence is up to date before you leave and that you have it
with you. If youíre planning to drive in the European Community,
you can in general use your UK licence without any problems. Always
remember that even though the legal driving age in the UK is 17,
this may not be the case in many countries throughout Europe.
Most have a minimum driving age of 18, so please check first before
trying to drive there if youíre a young driver. The list of countries
who happily accept a UK driving licence without a problem are:
Republic of Cyprus
Licence Versus Paper Licence
In most cases when travelling abroad, itís advisable to ensure that
you have a pink plastic licence with you. You should also carry
with you the green paper part of the licence as this will outline
any convictions you have. If you only have a green paper licence,
consider upgrading to a plastic photo licence as itís also a great
form of identification.
International Driving Permits
If you are planning to travel around countries that are outside
of the EEU, you should check with motoring organisations there whether
you need an international driving permit. You can get these relatively
easily from the AA, RAC, Green Flag and RSAC. The International
Driving Permit (IDP) is simply a formal document that is issued
to those travelling to another country and it translates your licence
into different languages. This can be useful as it means that should
you encounter a problem with the law when driving abroad, the relevant
authorities can understand what your licence entitlements are, as
well as identifying you easily.
In order to be eligible to obtain an international driving permit.
You must be over 18 years of age and hold a full UK licence. Youíre
not allowed to drive abroad on a provisional licence.
Moving Abroad and Your UK Licence
If youíre planning to stay in a foreign country for an extended
period of time, or are moving there permanently, you will need to
speak to local authorities about using your UK licence. Many countries
will let you use your licence for a particular period of time and
then after this time has elapsed will expect you to chance to a
local licence. Some will revoke your UK licence, others will let
you keep it Ė itís entirely country dependent. If youíre not sure,
speak to someone at the local driving authority there or visit a
local police station.