If you have a driving licence that was obtained outside of the United Kingdom and plan to stay in the country for more than 12 months, you may find the laws governing your ability to drive in the country to be complicated. If you are required to purchase automobile insurance, you must be aware of some additional requirements.
Read our guide on driving in the United Kingdom with a non-UK driving licence – and make sure you follow the rules of the road.
I already have a driving licence; am I permitted to drive in the United Kingdom?
Driving privileges in the United Kingdom are granted to anyone who holds a valid driving licence issued in their country of origin. People with a valid license are given 12 months to drive without having to take a UK test. If you want to drive in the United Kingdom beyond this period, you must either exchange your paperwork for a UK driving licence or pass the DVSA’s UK driving test; unless you are from either Northern Ireland or the European Economic Area (EEA).
Remember that in order to legally drive a car in the United Kingdom, you must be at least 17 years old – and at least 21 years old if you want to drive a truck or a bus.
If you hold a driving licence issued by the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), you can drive in the United Kingdom.
Holders of a driving licence granted in an EU/EEA country are permitted to drive in the United Kingdom until their licence expires. There will be no requirement for you to repeat your driving test or exchange your driving documentation. However, your licence will expire when you reach the age of 70 or three years after you first become a resident of the United Kingdom (whichever is the greater of the two periods).
If you are a novice driver on British roads, you may find it perplexing and that you lack confidence in your ability to drive. To become more familiar with the road system and traffic signs, we recommend that you attend a Refresher course. Using a few professional driving lessons from our qualified driving instructors, a refresher course is meant to assist you in regaining control of your vehicle.
We can customise refresher sessions to meet your specific goals, whether you wish to broaden your knowledge or you are just a little rusty. We can assist you if you wish to improve your nighttime, all-weather, urban, or country driving skills.
Pass Plus is a post-test course designed to broaden your existing skill set
Driving skill is improved by completion of this 6-hour course, which has been approved by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). You will improve on your present skills while also learning new ones, resulting in you becoming a safer, more courteous driver with better road awareness.
Driving lessons on the motorway
Despite the fact that learners in England, Scotland, and Wales have been permitted to drive on motorways since 2018, there is always the potential for improvement. If you would want to learn how to drive on a motorway or a dual carriageway, contact us immediately.