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Updated : 12/04/2017

Driving licence loss, theft, replacement

Lost or stolen licence

If your driving licence is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed, you need to apply for a replacement in the country where you have normal residence.

Do you live abroad? More information on what to do if you lose your driving licence while living abroad:

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Replacing your licence

Your driving licence can only be replaced by the authorities in the country where you have normal residence.

They will replace or exchange your original licence for a local one.

You will then be subject to that country's rules (e.g. on validity periods and medical checks).

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Exchanging a damaged licence issued by another EU country for a local one

Monica lives in Belgium and has an Italian driving licence which has been damaged. She will have to exchange her Italian licence for a Belgian one. She will receive a Belgian licence that is valid for 15 years, instead of 10 years as in Italy.

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