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Old Jun 22nd 2008, 7:31 pm
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I've read people suggesting that it's a good idea to get a duplicate of your British Driving Licence before emigrating so that you have a copy even after trading in your licence for a Canadian one. Can anyone explain the advantage of keeping a British Licence, if all you have is a standard one? I don't have any HGV/bus etc entitlements, so I can't see that I lose anything important by converting my licence to an Albertan licence - even if I lose the right to drive a steam roller, I won't be overly concerned!
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You can have two, but are not supposed to carry two licenses. No advantage in having both. DVLA kept mine years ago when I sent it in to be updated. Never been a problem. OH still has it somewhere, never needed it. In the UK we drive on our Canadian license. Make sure you keep your driver number just in case you need any info from DVLA in future, such as a drivers abstract.
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Hi there is No advantage in having both. you should not hand in your uk licence they have no right to take of you, when you return to the uk you can drive on your uk licence or your canadian one, if you use your canadian licence they cannot put speeding or red light camera light points on it.
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We received ours back when we asked after our Canadian driving test, more for sentimental reasons than anything else but also helps when driving in the UK
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Old Jun 22nd 2008, 10:30 pm
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I've read people suggesting that it's a good idea to get a duplicate of your British Driving Licence before emigrating so that you have a copy even after trading in your licence for a Canadian one. Can anyone explain the advantage of keeping a British Licence, if all you have is a standard one? I don't have any HGV/bus etc entitlements, so I can't see that I lose anything important by converting my licence to an Albertan licence - even if I lose the right to drive a steam roller, I won't be overly concerned!


We moved to alberta in the bad old days when you had to retake your test. Thus we kept our UK one, it is in a file collecting dust. Never used it. When we go to the uk we use our canadian one, because the address is old on our UK one and if we get stopped I can say "live in canada, and talk my way out of it"
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It can be useful as proof to show Canadian insurance companies that you have no points on your UK licence. We handed ours in when we arrived in Alberta, now I wish we had taken a photocopy!
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Hi,
Don't worry about swapping in your UK licence (which you have to do within 90 days of becoming a resident), but it is good idea to photocopy the endorsements section of your licence, as this may be required for insurance purposes (as previously mentioned). Your UK licence will be returned to the UK and you do not have to notify the DVLA of the exchange.
This does not mean that you have lost your UK licence, as if you ever return to the UK you would just apply for a replacement and get your UK licence back.
Hope this helps,
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It can be useful as proof to show Canadian insurance companies that you have no points on your UK licence. We handed ours in when we arrived in Alberta, now I wish we had taken a photocopy!
Why not contact the DVLA and ask for a print-out of your records?
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Originally Posted by wallace
Hi,
Don't worry about swapping in your UK licence (which you have to do within 90 days of becoming a resident), but it is good idea to photocopy the endorsements section of your licence, as this may be required for insurance purposes (as previously mentioned). Your UK licence will be returned to the UK and you do not have to notify the DVLA of the exchange.
This does not mean that you have lost your UK licence, as if you ever return to the UK you would just apply for a replacement and get your UK licence back.
Hope this helps,
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Good God! Please never, ever use that font again.

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Well written, I am not quite sure why you would use it. Perhaps to damage all our eyes
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Hi Guys,

Sorry, I like experimenting with the colours. Is this better....green is supposed to be gentle on the eyes
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Sorry, I like experimenting with the colours. Is this better....green is supposed to be gentle on the eyes
What's wrong with the Verdana font and colour?
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What's wrong with the Verdana font and colour?

coz its sooooo boring
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Thanks for all the advice. I'm getting a copy of my driving records from the DVLA anyway, so absolutely no need to keep my licence!

Thanks,
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Why not contact the DVLA and ask for a print-out of your records?
Thanks for that suggestion, I'll do that!
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