Can I use my foreign driving licence in the UK?
The rules surrounding international driving licences are complicated, and the outcome is dependent on a number of factors.
If your driving licence wasn’t obtained in the EU or a designated country, you must apply for a provisional GB licence. You can then take a driving test and apply for a full licence once you’ve been in Great Britain for at least six months.
The ‘designated countries’ are: Andorra, Australia, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Zimbabwe.
Driving in Great Britain on a non-GB licence
Exchange a foreign driving licence
Find out how to exchange your non-British driving licence for a British licence.
There’s a different process if you want to get a Northern Ireland driving licence.
Application to register a non-GB driving licence (form D9)
You will need to use a D9 form to register a non-GB driving licence with DVLA.
Ref: D9PDF, 10.4MB, 4 pages
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If you live in GB and drive a bus with 9 passenger seats or more or a vehicle weighing more than 3.5 tonnes, you need to register your non-GB driving licence with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
Application forms should be sent along with your EU/EEA driving licence (and documentary evidence if required) to: