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Exchanging your foreign driving licence
If you are the holder of a foreign driving licence and want or need to change to a Great Britain (GB) driving licence there are certain conditions that need to be considered when applying.
Applying for the exchange of your foreign driving licence
If you want or need to change your driving licence for a GB driving licence, you must complete the application form D1 that is available from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) form ordering service and Post Office® branches. You will need to enclose original documentation confirming your identity, and a passport style colour photograph. Send your completed application and the appropriate fee to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BT.
If the licence being exchanged is vocational, and the original was issued in Jersey or the Isle of Man, you must also provide a D4 medical report form that must be completed by a doctor, ensuring that all the relevant questions are completed.
If your vocational licence was issued in an European Community (EC) or European Economic Area (EEC) country you need only submit a medical report form if, on exchange, you are 45 years of age or over. This applies even if your vocational licence is still current. Application forms D2 and medical form D4 are available from the DVLA form ordering service.
Rules for exchange
The following conditions must be met before a licence can be granted in exchange for a GB one:
As there are two types of South African driving licences, the following will apply:
If you are the holder of a Canadian licence you will receive automatic transmission only when exchanging for a British licence. This can only be upgraded to manual upon presentation of confirmation, from the relevant licensing authority, of a manual test being passed or a manual test is passed in this country.