Updated : 26/03/2013
If you lose your driving licence or have it stolen, you need to apply for a new one in the country where you are resident..
You can only have a driving licence issued by the authorities in the country where you are resident.
They will exchange your original licence for a local one. You will then be subject to the same rules on validity periods, medical checks, and so on as nationals of that country.
Monica lives in Belgium and has an Italian licence which is about to expire. She will have to exchange her Italian licence for a Belgian one. She will receive a Belgian licence with a validity period of 15 years, instead of 10 years as is the case in Italy.