UK driving licences may be invalid in EU after a no-deal Brexit

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UK driving licences may be invalid across the EU from March 2019 if no Brexit deal is reached, the Government has warned.

A document released by the Department for Transport (DfT) states that your driving licence could “no longer be valid by itself when driving in the EU” and that an International Driving Permit (IDP) might be required at all times.

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Currently, less than 100 Post Offices in the UK sell IDPs, but that figure could increase to 2,500 from 1 February 2019. Further warnings from the DfT include the possibility of not being able to exchange your licence for a domestic one if you move to an EU country. 

Conversely, people holding EU driving licences would still be allowed to drive in the UK without requiring any additional paperwork. “The UK does not require visiting motorists… to hold a separate IDP to guarantee the recognition of their driving licence,” the DfT said.

The document admits that a no-deal Brexit is an unlikely scenario “given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated outcome” but says that millions of motorists need to be aware of the potential new rules as a precaution.

AA president Edmund King said the need for an IDP would be “an extra burden for UK drivers wanting to take a holiday abroad”. He also claims the organisation is “disappointed that from the end of January next year, the AA will no longer be permitted to issue IDPs, as we have done for decades”. 

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