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- An English or Welsh Court has the power to disqualify anyone from driving in GB regardless of where their licence was issued.
- A driver’s ability to drive in GB on a foreign driving licence depends on the length of their stay and the country where their licence was issued.
- Non-GB driving licences can be registered using a D9 form or exchanged using a D1 application form from DVLA.
- Visit www.gov.uk and search for ‘driving licence non-GB’.
Drivers with a non-GB provisional licence must apply for a provisional UK licence to drive in the UK. They can then take the test after 6 months.
Drivers from a ‘designated country’ can drive in GB for up to 12 months on their licence. After this period, they must exchange their licence to keep on driving. It can be exchanged up to 5 years after becoming a UK resident (if not expired) without having to retake a driving test. Designated countries are Australia, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and Zimbabwe.
The same rule applies for holders of driving licences issued in Jersey, Guernsey, Gibraltar and the Isle of Man.