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Old 24th January 2019, 01:12 PM
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I did my test over in the UK and have a UK licence. Just wondering if anyone knew what the situation is going to be regarding mandatory swapping over to an Irish licence or if it will be OK to continue to use it long term?
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Old 24th January 2019, 01:30 PM
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If your resident here you should be using an Irish license.
But English licenses will be falid across Europe
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Old 24th January 2019, 01:32 PM
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It was never ok, you're supposed to change it for an irish one anyway if you're living here, in reality i cant see it being a problem tho.
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Old 24th January 2019, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by dec c
If your resident here you should be using an Irish license.
But English licenses will be falid across Europe
That's what I thought but turns out I'm wrong...

"EU licence holders do not need to exchange their licences, they can drive on their EU licence for as long as it is valid."

http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en...ng_permit.html

But if UK leave the EU.....
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Old 24th January 2019, 01:40 PM
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I had checked previously and there was never any issue about continuing to use it. Insurance firms just ask if its a full UK licence and any time I had to go to the cop shop to show it was fine.

The reason I wondered is because you can't automatically get points on your UK licence from Ireland which is quite handy. The only way you can lose it is if you have to go to court and there is a judgement against you.
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Old 24th January 2019, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by crispy
But if UK leave the EU.....
.... Indeed!!!
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Old 24th January 2019, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by strontium_dog
I did my test over in the UK and have a UK licence. Just wondering if anyone knew what the situation is going to be regarding mandatory swapping
over to an Irish licence...
Your EU/EEA licence is valid here until it expires. The general rule across the
EU/EEA is that driving licences are only issued in your country of residence.
If you live outside the UK, you shouldn't be able to renew your UK licence.
EU rules also say that you can only hold one EU/EEA licence - ie: you would
have to hand in your UK licence to exchange it for an Irish one.

or if it will be OK to continue to use it long term?
Nobody knows what will happen after brexit. As it stands, licences from
non-EU countries like Norway and Iceland are valid here.
Any future relationship between the EU and UK will probably allow
for something similar.

Our politicians don't like to talk about it but, if brexit gets really ugly and the
UK leaves on very bad terms, the Republic will also have to leave the EU.
I don't see that we will have any real choice in the matter.

If you were to accidentally lose your UK licence, you would have to
get a replacement which you could exchange for an Irish one.
Just a thought....

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Old 24th January 2019, 06:34 PM
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If you were to accidentally lose your UK licence, you would have to
get a replacement which you could exchange for an Irish one.
Just a thought....[/QUOTE]

I had 2 of the old green paper ones so I traded one in for an Irish recently. Have been here since 87 so prob about time. Main reason was it was more tricky hiring unmentionables on the old uk license.
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Old 24th January 2019, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Confusion
Our politicians don't like to talk about it but, if brexit gets really ugly and the
UK leaves on very bad terms, the Republic will also have to leave the EU.
I don't see that we will have any real choice in the matter.
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Old 25th January 2019, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Confusion

Our politicians don't like to talk about it but, if brexit gets really ugly and the
UK leaves on very bad terms, the Republic will also have to leave the EU.
I don't see that we will have any real choice in the matter.
Rubbish
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Old 25th January 2019, 09:41 AM
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Oh jaysus….the one place I thought Brexit bollox would not appear was on here...

If the UK leave the EU without a deal, UK licenses will cease to be valid in the EU...

I would suggest you swap it quickly, especially a bike license, or you'll find yourself back at CBT-square-one...
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Old 25th January 2019, 10:02 AM
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Default Re: Brexit and UK driving licence

Originally Posted by strontium_dog
I did my test over in the UK and have a UK licence. Just wondering if anyone knew what the situation is going to be regarding mandatory swapping over to an Irish licence or if it will be OK to continue to use it long term?
What year did you get your license? I did my cage and bike test over there many many moons ago and for some reason I was granted an International license without asking for it.
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Old 25th January 2019, 12:04 PM
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Official answer from the DVLA :

https://www.gov.uk/government/public...u-after-brexit

In essence, if there's a hard brexit - holders of UK licences will need a "Green Card" and will have to sit tests across all relevant categories - display N plates etc
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Old 25th January 2019, 12:23 PM
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It says ‘may’ not will. Prob just hoping for more revenue.
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Old 25th January 2019, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by PJ
What year did you get your license? I did my cage and bike test over there many many moons ago and for some reason I was granted an International license without asking for it.
1993!!!
Now I'm feeling old!!
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Old 25th January 2019, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by discoblade
I would suggest you swap it quickly, especially a bike license, or you'll find yourself back at CBT-square-one...
I didn't even think about that!! I was just thinking that I might be forced into doing a swapover.

I'll give the ndls a bell and report back what I'm told
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Old 25th January 2019, 01:12 PM
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As part of brexit legislation statutory instrument 527/2007 will be amended to include the UK, therefore nowt will change
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Old 25th January 2019, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by xthe-stig
As part of brexit legislation statutory instrument 527/2007 will be amended to include the UK, therefore nowt will change
SI 527/2007 provides for the exchange of a license issued by the scheduled authority, it doesn't allow you to drive on it, just exchange it for the equivalent Irish license.
I doubt the government will prioritise driving licenses? I would fear a Brexit limbo, better safe than sorry...
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Old 25th January 2019, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by proinnsias
Official answer from the DVLA :

https://www.gov.uk/government/public...u-after-brexit

In essence, if there's a hard brexit - holders of UK licences will need a "Green Card" and will have to sit tests across all relevant categories - display N plates etc
Except this is an Irish insurance policy and an English license...a grey area at best, who fancies being the test case?
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Old 25th January 2019, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by renniks
Rubbish
You don't agree then? I don't think it will happen either.
However, it's staring to look more likely with each passing day.
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