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Trip back to the UK - Driving on a UK license

Old Nov 5th 2019, 6:40 pm
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Couldnt find anything on search (either within BE or using Google), but apologies if this has been covered before.

I moved to the USA a few months ago and have not yet obtained a US driving license. A family member has just passed away and I need to return next week - would I be able to drive in the UK using my UK license? It still still has my previous address information on unfortunately as Gov.uk suggests it is not possible to change license address when moving abroad, so obviously I didn't do this. I'm assuming it is probably not legal, but wondered if anybody had any actual experience or could cite any sources?

I would either add temporary insurance to a parent's car or look to rent a car myself, so need to also think about insurance coverage and rental policies as well.

I understand I probably could get away with it and I know many people who do this, but I'm keen to understand if it is legal or not.

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Old Nov 5th 2019, 9:46 pm
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No, it’s not legal.
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Old Nov 6th 2019, 2:51 am
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If it was me, I’d take a train or coach to the locale - then be ferried around town by family & friends. I certainly wouldn’t drive.
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Old Nov 6th 2019, 4:35 pm
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Thank you, had assumed the case but hoped somebody may correct me. Looks like I'll be making use of family and taxis/public transport then
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Old Nov 7th 2019, 8:15 am
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Originally Posted by samills610 View Post
Thank you, had assumed the case but hoped somebody may correct me. Looks like I'll be making use of family and taxis/public transport then
Good decision. As you said in your opening post, some people probably do it and get away with it. But if any of those people are involved in an accident or picked up for even a minor traffic offence, they'll be up the proverbial creek without a toothpick, let alone a paddle.
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