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Brexit and UK driving licence

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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If your resident here you should be using an Irish license.
But English licenses will be falid across Europe
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Re: Brexit and UK driving licence

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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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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Re: Brexit and UK driving licence

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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But if UK leave the EU.....
.... Indeed!!!
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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...
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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Re: Brexit and UK driving licence

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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It says ‘may’ not will. Prob just hoping for more revenue.
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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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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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As part of brexit legislation statutory instrument 527/2007 will be amended to include the UK, therefore nowt will change
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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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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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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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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.
Rubbish to the bit about Rep of Ireland having to leave the EU if there's a No-Deal Brexit
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Re: Brexit and UK driving licence

"Foreign Office advises British people living in EU to give up their UK driving licences to prepare for Brexit"

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...-a8740256.html

"If you are a UK licence holder living in the EU or EEA you should exchange your UK driving licence for a local EU driving licence before 29 March 2019" excerpt from https://www.gov.uk/government/public...-29-march-2019

Chance'dd be a fine thing lad! Brexshit is looking more and more likely the longer this farce draws on.
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"Foreign Office advises British people living in EU to give up their UK driving licences to prepare for Brexit"

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...-a8740256.html

"If you are a UK licence holder living in the EU or EEA you should exchange your UK driving licence for a local EU driving licence before 29 March 2019" excerpt from https://www.gov.uk/government/public...-29-march-2019

Chance'dd be a fine thing lad! Brexshit is looking more and more likely the longer this farce draws on.
Will go through alright nobody wants to topple the proponent of brexit - May. Even the opportunist laborious party want to steer clear of that poison chalice. Tow-rag party were never lucky with female leaders, thatcher was dumb...the current one is dumber.
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"Foreign Office advises British people living in EU to give up their UK driving licences to prepare for Brexit"

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...-a8740256.html

"If you are a UK licence holder living in the EU or EEA you should exchange your UK driving licence for a local EU driving licence before 29 March 2019" excerpt from https://www.gov.uk/government/public...-29-march-2019

Chance'dd be a fine thing lad! Brexshit is looking more and more likely the longer this farce draws on.
They won't like it up 'em!
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If yer looking for a dodgy Irish driving licence i think Guy Martin "knows someone"....but theyre not very good it seems....
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From www.gov.uk

"If you hold a UK driving licence you should not need an international driving permit (IDP) to drive in Ireland from 29 March 2019 as Ireland does not currently require IDPs to be held by driving licence holders from non-EU countries."
(info dated 19th January 2018)
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Went in today with my uk bike licence to add it to my irish licence and they told me i didnt have to. My uk bike licence is perfectly valid as its an eu licence.
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Until the end of march.....
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Update from my insurers - if there is a hard Brexit:
Uk driving licences (Irish residents) will not be valid in the Republic and must be exchanged for an Irish licence.
A green card must be applied for if planning to drive in NI or UK.
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