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How to change an EU driver's licence into a British one

Updated March 23, 2017

Persons holding a valid EEU Community license are permitted to drive in the UK. Drivers must be at least 17 years old to operate cars and motorcycles, 18 years old for medium-sized vehicles and 21 years old to drive buses and large lorries. EU Community Licences can be used until the driver is 70 or for a period of three years should they become a UK resident, after which they must be exchanged for a GB licence.

Order a D1 form by visiting dvla.gov.uk or by picking one up at a branch of the Post Office.

Complete the form. Applicants must be a legal UK resident and have a permanent address in the country.

Gather the required paperwork. Drivers must surrender their foreign licence so that it can be returned to the issuing authority in their home country. They must also provide proof of their identity such as a full valid passport, biometric residence permit or UK certificate of naturalisation.

Send the completed form, together with the required fee and relevant documentation, to the following address: DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BT.

Things You'll Need

  • Valid EEU Community licence
  • Proof of Identification
  • Permanent UK address
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Justin Schamotta began writing in 2003. His articles have appeared in "New Internationalist," "Bizarre," "Windsurf Magazine," "Cadogan Travel Guides" and "Juno." He was a deputy editor at Corporate Watch and co-editor of "BULB" magazine. Schamotta has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Plymouth University and a postgraduate diploma in journalism from Cardiff University.