Should I change my foreign licence for a UK one?
If you have a foreign driving licence and you’re coming to stay in the UK, it might be worth changing it to a UK licence. There are a couple of advantages to this:
- Having a UK licence could mean you pay less for your car insurance
- You can use your UK driving licence as ID
If you’re staying in the UK for more than a year, you’ll need to have a UK licence to drive, by law. If you’re here for 12 months or less, you’re free to drive any small vehicle – such as a car or motorbike – on your international licence.
Swapping your international licence for a UK one is fairly easy. You won’t need to take another test –just fill in the online form at www.gov.uk and pay a fee.