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Leeisaac1 Sep 14th 2014 7:43 am

Uk driving license
 
Hi guys, what's the score with a Canadian license if you already have a uk license, can you transfer it or do you have to sit a test.

Thanks

Edo Sep 14th 2014 8:53 am

Re: Uk driving license
 
Depends on which province you're moving to?

Leeisaac1 Sep 14th 2014 9:05 am

Re: Uk driving license
 
Alberta

Edo Sep 14th 2014 9:10 am

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Originally Posted by Leeisaac1 (Post 11404287)
Alberta

In case of Alberta yes you can change your UK license without having to sit any tests. Just make sure you bring your green counterpart. They'll take away your UK license, test your eyesight, charge you about $95 and a few days later you'll have a license in post.

Leeisaac1 Sep 14th 2014 9:31 am

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Fantastic, thanks for your help

neilg14 Sep 15th 2014 11:58 pm

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Originally Posted by Edo (Post 11404290)
In case of Alberta yes you can change your UK license without having to sit any tests. Just make sure you bring your green counterpart. They'll take away your UK license, test your eyesight, charge you about $95 and a few days later you'll have a license in post.

This is correct as long as you have held a full UK licence for at least 2 years.

Alan2005 Sep 16th 2014 2:02 am

Re: Uk driving license
 
Photocopy your UK licence before you hand it in. Then if you move back to the UK you can just get it reissued.

haggis88 Sep 16th 2014 8:44 am

Re: Uk driving license
 

Originally Posted by neilg14 (Post 11406232)
This is correct as long as you have held a full UK licence for at least 2 years.

and only for class 5 (cars), classes 1-4 and 6 don't reciprocate

sazzle.pops Sep 16th 2014 11:22 am

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Originally Posted by Edo (Post 11404290)
They'll take away your UK license.

Why do they take away your licence? do they do the same in BC?

Zoe Bell Sep 16th 2014 1:09 pm

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Originally Posted by sazzle.pops (Post 11406770)
Why do they take away your licence? do they do the same in BC?

because you are effectively swapping your GB one for a whatever province one.
if you get the provincial one from scratch they wouldn't take it.

Don't fret though because if you go back to the UK you can get it back, just keep a record of your driver number or take a copy of it

neilg14 Sep 16th 2014 1:35 pm

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Originally Posted by sazzle.pops (Post 11406770)
Why do they take away your licence? do they do the same in BC?

Not sure about BC but not all Provinces take your UK licence.

Zoe Bell Sep 16th 2014 3:20 pm

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Originally Posted by neilg14 (Post 11406927)
Not sure about BC but not all Provinces take your UK licence.

I suspect it isn't even a province thing but down to the whim of the person dealing with you.

They took ours, not even batting an eyelid that mine was the crappy photo cardless paper one that had been scrunched up in my bag for god knows how long!

Juggernaut1064 Sep 16th 2014 4:04 pm

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Originally Posted by haggis88 (Post 11406613)
and only for class 5 (cars), classes 1-4 and 6 don't reciprocate

Manitoba gave me my class 6 and others had theirs transferred too.
But that was Steinbach and some who tried in Winnipeg lost their class 6.
Like someone said i think it depends on who serves you and their mood lol

Alan2005 Sep 16th 2014 5:43 pm

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They swap it in BC. They didn't used to, but you used to have to take a test. Be thankful it is just a swap now-a-days.

Aviator Sep 16th 2014 10:07 pm

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Originally Posted by Alan2005 (Post 11407236)
They swap it in BC. They didn't used to, but you used to have to take a test. Be thankful it is just a swap now-a-days.

Back in the day, went in to get my BC license, had to sit a test and take a road test, with someone who looked like he was just out of school beside me who had no idea about safe driving.

Next off to Transport Canada re my pilots license, they looked at my log books and gave me the license over the counter without any testing.


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