British driving licences could be invalid in EU after Brexit forcing drivers to buy a new international permit

  • European Commission documents revealed that the UK's departure from Brussels could see the end to the 'mutual recognition' of driving licences
  • The papers, which were used 'for presentational and information processes only' said that 'all current EU law-based rights, obligations and benefits cease'
  • This could force Britons to rely on the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic, which allows International Driving Permit holders (IDP) to drive in Europe
  • Currently UK licences have the European Union flag on the top-left of the cards

British driving licences could be invalid in the EU after - forcing drivers to buy a new international permit.
European Commission documents revealed that the UK's departure from Brussels could see the end to the 'mutual recognition' of driving licences.
The papers, which were used 'for presentational and information processes only' said that 'all current EU law-based rights, obligations and benefits cease' if the UK becomes a non-EU nation.
Currently UK licences, which are one of the most powerful in the world, have the European Union flag on the top-left of the cards.




British driving licences could be invalid in the EU after Brexit - forcing drivers to buy a new international permit

This could force Britons to rely on the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic, which allows International Driving Permit holders (IDP) to drive in Europe.
IDPs cost 5.50 and are valid for one year. They can be bought at Post Offices and some motoring firms' branches.


But five EU countries - including Germany - are not signed up to the 1949 Convention.
A spokesman for the Department for Transport told Auto Express: 'Our aim is to reach an agreement with the EU for mutual licence recognition after Brexit.

Such a deal is in the interests of both sides and we remain confident of reaching such an agreement.




IDPs cost 5.50 and are valid for one year. They can be bought at Post Offices and some motoring firms' branches. Pictured is an American IDP

'However, it is only sensible that we put contingency measures in place for all scenarios.
'Ratifying the Vienna Convention (which the UK abides by but has not ratified) will guarantee that UK driving licences will be acceptable throughout the EU when held with the relevant supporting International Driving Permit.'

A interactive map created by Compare The Market, in 2016, looked at the amount of freedom awarded to driving licences in other countries - with British and French ones coming out on top.


International Driving Permit FAQs

[FONT=Arial]Q: Will I need to have an IDP if I'm only driving in the UK?
A: An IDP issued in the UK isn’t valid for use in the UK.
Q: How much does an IDP cost?
A: 5.50 and each one is valid for a year.
Q: Where can I get an IDP?
A: The Post Office or apply online with the AA or RAC.
Q: When can I apply for an IDP?
A: To apply for an IDP you must be 18 years or over, and have a valid UK driving licence.
Q: Can a learner apply for an IDP?
A: An IDP can’t be issued to a provisional licence holder
If you’ve just passed your test, you can apply using your test pass certificate (valid for two years) and provisional driving licence.
Q: How soon before I drive abroad do I need to arrange an IDP?
A: You can’t apply more than three months before you travel and can’t be backdated.