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Updated : 10/02/2016

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Driving licence loss, theft, replacement

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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 .

Living 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 / 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 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.

I'm a tourist

Lost or stolen licences

If your driving licence is lost or stolen while you are travelling abroad, contact the local police and your consulate or embassy to find out what to do.

Your consulate will contact the national autorities that issued your driving licence (to check it was not restricted, suspended, cancelled or revoked). On the basis of the information received from the consulate, the police may then issue a provisional document that allows you to drive in that country for a short time.

You will need to get a replacement licence when you get home.

Lost your licence while on holiday? More information on what to do:

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Provisional licences and certificates issued to temporarily replace lost or stolen licences are not automatically recognised in other EU countries.

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Check the countries you're travelling to will recognise a provisional licence

Henrik, who lives in Denmark, planned to visit Germany, France and Italy on his holidays. Unfortunately, he lost his wallet and driving licence in Germany at the start of his trip.

Without a licence, he could be fined if stopped by the police.

Henrik contacted the Danish embassy in Germany, who advised him to report the loss to the local police. The Danish embassy also gave him a certificate stating that he is the legal holder of a Danish driving licence.

Henrik then had to contact the Italian and French authorities to check that they would recognise the provisional certificate issued by the Danish authorities.

Replacement of the driving licence

When you get back home, ask your local authority for a replacement licence.

If your licence expires during a trip abroad, it automatically becomes invalid and may not be recognised in other countries.

You can only renew your driving licence in the country where you have normal residence . So check before you travel that your licence is valid for the whole time you are away.

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