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Driving licence recognition and validity – United Kingdom

Driving licence validity in United Kingdom

Photocard driving licences are valid for 10 years.

Driving licences for novice drivers are valid until the age of 70.

Driving licences for elderly drivers over 70 years are valid for:

  • 3 years - category A
  • 3 years - category B

If you hold a driving licence for life (i.e. one that remains administratively valid for an unlimited period) that was issued by another EU country, you will not have to renew the licence until you reach the age of 70.

Non-EU driving licences - exchange & recognition

You cannot exchange a non-EU driving licence, even if you have already exchanged it for an EU licence in another EU country, but you can use it for up to 12 months before you need to take the UK theory and practical test in order to obtain a UK licence.


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