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magnification Dec 7th 2020 5:47 pm

Reclaim British car licence
 
Having resided in Europe & swapped my UK licence for EU one, when I relocate back to UK what documents/evidence do I need to get back my licence? How long does it take?

ianandhelena Dec 7th 2020 10:55 pm

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Here we go again...

https://britishexpats.com/forum/movi...icense-935465/

Helen1964 Dec 8th 2020 4:48 am

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Originally Posted by magnification (Post 12943752)
Having resided in Europe & swapped my UK licence for EU one, when I relocate back to UK what documents/evidence do I need to get back my licence? How long does it take?

I just had a quick look at the Exchange a Foreign Licence section of the relevant UK government website and the first question is “Are you a resident of Great Britain?”. They define being resident as having a permanent address in the UK which you’ve lived at for at least 185 days. If you answer “no” to the question, you cannot proceed with the application.
So basically you need to drive around on your foreign licence for the first 185 days (you might have to pay a bit more for insurance). Only after that can you apply to exchange the foreign licence for a UK one.

magnification Dec 8th 2020 7:32 am

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Good point. Thanks.

Honey246 Dec 8th 2020 3:26 pm

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When we arrived back 2yrs ago. All we had to do was get a form from the post office to exchange our license back to our GB license. We were only back a matter of weeks when we did this. You will hand back your EU license and receive you GB license. Filling out the form it will ask for your passport number, which is a I.D. we found it straight forward to do.

Helen1964 Dec 8th 2020 5:41 pm

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Originally Posted by Honey246 (Post 12944097)
When we arrived back 2yrs ago. All we had to do was get a form from the post office to exchange our license back to our GB license. We were only back a matter of weeks when we did this. You will hand back your EU license and receive you GB license. Filling out the form it will ask for your passport number, which is a I.D. we found it straight forward to do.

Even with a 185-day wait before applying, it would probably still be quicker than exchanging a UK licence for a French one. Took my husband one year and 3 months!

Honey246 Dec 8th 2020 8:26 pm

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[QUOTE=magnification;12943752]Having resided in Europe & swapped my UK licence for EU one, when I relocate back to UK what documents/evidence do I need to get back my licence? How long does it

if you had passed your driving test in the Uk and had a GB license before you had swapped it for a EU license. When you return to live back in the Uk and a UK citizen, you should no problems exchanging it back. On the government Web the 185 days seems to apply if you passed your driving test abroad.
I pass my test in Uk In 1989 moved to canada 2005-2018. Swapped my UK licence for canadian license and on return to Uk beginning July 2018 swapped my license back to Uk licence by end of July.2018

magnification Dec 9th 2020 5:16 am

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If I can’t find my foreign licence can’t I just get a replacement Uk licence having passed the test years ago in Uk?

durham_lad Dec 9th 2020 7:50 am

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Originally Posted by magnification (Post 12944301)
If I can’t find my foreign licence can’t I just get a replacement Uk licence having passed the test years ago in Uk?

Yes, to replace a lost licence costs £20.

https://www.gov.uk/driving-licence-fees

shokwaverider Dec 15th 2020 2:04 pm

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I have a similar question. I still have my Paper UK Drivers License from 32 years ago when we emigrated to pastures that at that time were greener. It is still Valid as it only needs renewal after I reach 70. If I return to the UK, can I exchange it for a new style license. Thanks in advance for your inputs.

durham_lad Dec 15th 2020 2:36 pm

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Originally Posted by shokwaverider (Post 12946404)
I have a similar question. I still have my Paper UK Drivers License from 32 years ago when we emigrated to pastures that at that time were greener. It is still Valid as it only needs renewal after I reach 70. If I return to the UK, can I exchange it for a new style license. Thanks in advance for your inputs.

Yes, very easy to do. My wife and I exchanged our UK Paper DLs which we still had from moving to the USA in 1987.

shokwaverider Dec 15th 2020 2:38 pm

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Originally Posted by durham_lad (Post 12946419)
Yes, very easy to do. My wife and I exchanged our UK Paper DLs which we still had from moving to the USA in 1987.

Thanks Alan. That is good to hear. If we ever move back to the UK. I would not want to take another driving test. :)



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