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Old May 14th 2024, 7:54 pm
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Default Tractor's question about UK & Kenya driving licences

Hello, I wanted to acquire a Kenya driving licence but retain my UK driving licence as I stay sometime of the year in both countries. The certificate of entitlement from DVLA states that if you exchange the certificate for foreign driving licence, then your UK licence is no longer valid.

Is there any way I can avoid losing my UK driving licence?
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Default Tractor's question about UK & Kenya driving licences

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Hello, I wanted to acquire a Kenya driving licence but retain my UK driving licence as I stay sometime of the year in both countries. The certificate of entitlement from DVLA states that if you exchange the certificate for foreign driving licence, then your UK licence is no longer valid.

Is there any way I can avoid losing my UK driving licence?
Your UK licence isn't valid anyway if you're not resident there. Just use your Kenya licence and drive on it when in the UK.

HTH.
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Default Tractor's question about UK & Kenya driving licences

The only way to legitimately hold more than one licence is to take a driving test in each country.

To simple way to avoid such issues arising due to a lost or stolen licence is to make and laminate a photocopy then keep the original as safely as you would your passport!

If you use the MIDGT app you don't need to carry your licence at all as it's in the app in legally presentable form.
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Default Tractor's question about UK & Kenya driving licences

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Your UK licence isn't valid anyway if you're not resident there. Just use your Kenya licence and drive on it when in the UK.

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Kenya driving licence is not valid in UK and it is not exchanged for UK driving licence. If I lose my UK driving licence, does that mean I have to start from scratch like some one who has never held a licence before?
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Default Tractor's question about UK & Kenya driving licences

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Kenya driving licence is not valid in UK and it is not exchanged for UK driving licence. If I lose my UK driving licence, does that mean I have to start from scratch like some one who has never held a licence before?
You don't need a UK licence unless you're actually resident there, as a visitor to the UK you can drive on your foreign license as long as it's a full valid driving licence, no problem at all. https://www.gov.uk/driving-nongb-licence/y

If you return to live in the UK and have surrendered your UK licence, you just apply to have it reissued, you don't need to start from scratch.

As your question has nothing to do with this thread (which is about driving licences in Spain), I'm going to move it to the relevant forum.

HTH.

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Default Re: Tractor's question about UK & Kenya driving licences

Even after 29 years away, on return to England we simply applied for a new UK driving licence. No retake of any test needed.
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