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Article from BTNews 1 FEBRUARY 2021

Driving in the EU

The Department of Transport (DfT) has issued a clarification update.

If you live in the European Union, you will not be able to renew your driving licence in the UK.

It is suggested by the DfT that you consider exchanging your UK driving licence for an EU licence as soon as possible in line with specific advice for your country of residence.

If your UK licence is lost, stolen or expired, you may not be able to exchange it for an EU licence. You may have to apply for an EU licence and retake your driving test.  It is suggested that drivers check in the with the licensing authority in your country of residence if your licence is lost, stolen or expired.

If you have a British driving licence you do not need an international driving permit (IDP) to visit and drive in the EU, Switzerland, Iceland or Liechtenstein but do take your UK driving licence with you.  You might need an IDP to drive in some EU countries and Norway if you have a paper driving licence or one issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man.

A full list of European countries and their requirements is given here, and this includes Norway and Switzerland.

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OUR READERS' FINEST WORDS (All times and dates are GMT)

All comments are filtered to exclude any excesses but the Editor does not have to agree with what is being said. 100 words maximum

Malcolm Ginsberg, United Kingdom

Something of a tongue in cheek story but not that daft. English is the common language of the EU. The French and Germans will never agree which is first!

Alan Bowen, England Rye

English is never going to be the language of the EU, the photo is clearly from the USA and therefore completely irrelevant to the story

Paul Jones, Paris

How long before English becomes the official language of Europe. I wonder where this picture was taken?

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