M.O.T / Tax

In order to drive in England (UK), your vehicle needs to pass its M.O.T Web PageM.O.T (Ministry Of Transport) test.

M.O.T

Once it has passed its M.O.T test, you then need to get it insured and Vehicle Tax Web PageTaxed.


Car Insurance

APlan WebsiteA Plan are insurance brokers who will find the best priced APlan Motor Vehicle Insurance Web PageCar Insurance for your type of car.

A Plan Insurance Brokers

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AutoTrader

AutoTrader WebsiteAutoTrader is a long established 'new and used' car classified ads magazine that allows you to AutoTrader Seller Web PageSell your car or AutoTrader Buyer Web PagePurchase a car; as well as other vehicles.

AutoTrader Apps

They also have mobile phone and tablet AutoTrader Apps Web PageApps, reviews, insurance and finance sections and a AutoTrader Vehicle Check Web PageVehicle Check web page.


Driving Apps

Here are the official BSM (British School of Motoring) BSM Theory Test AppsTheory Test Apps and BSM Hazard Perception AppsHazard Perception Apps for Apple and Android devices.

BSM Driving Apps

The AA (Automobile Association) AppAA (Automobile Association) App comes with a route planner and 'live traffic updates'; among other features/services.



How To Exchange A Full Foreign Driving Licence In England (UK)

How To Apply For British Provisional Or Full Driving Licence

If you are a "Foreigner" wanting to settle down in England (UK) and already have a FULL non-British driving licence, you can exchange it for a FULL British driving licence; as long as you are a resident of Great Britain (i.e. you have a permanent address in Great Britain (Scotland, Wales or England) that you have lived in for at least 185 days) and meet certain criteria (see below).

An EU Citizen for example has the choice of NOT being a resident of Great Britain whereby they can still use their valid, non-British, FULL EU driving licence to travel within, and out of, Great Britain until it expires; which in many EU countries is normally up to 70 years old. Even in an EU country like Hungary, where the driving licence needs renewing every 5 or 10 years (based on your age), there is nothing preventing a Hungarian from renewing all the time until they are 60 years old (i.e. renew their Hungarian driving licence in Hungary and then travel within, and out of, Great Britain).

Even if the same EU Citizen decides to become a resident of Great Britain, at the age of 46 for example, they can still use their valid, non-British, FULL EU driving licence for another 24 years to travel within, and out of, Great Britain as long as their, non-British, FULL EU driving licence is kept valid and can be renewed up until they become 70 years old of course. In other words:

There is no obligation to exchange your Full EU Driving Licence for a FULL British Driving Licence, as long as your Full EU Driving Licence is valid.

Becoming A GB Resident - Driving Past 67 Years Old

Normally when an EU Citizen becomes a resident of Great Britain, by the time they are 67 or over they are required to exchange their valid, non-British, FULL EU driving licence for a British driving licence; which will be valid for three years only. So if they become a resident of Great Britain at the age of 68 and change their valid, non-British, FULL EU driving licence for a British driving licence, they can travel within, and out of, Great Britain until the age of 71.

The Old And Confusing DVLA Age Clause

If you read somewhere the now outdated and confusing DVLA Clause Web PageDVLA Clause (below), which mentions '3 Years' and 'Whichever Is Longer', you can ignore it. It meant whichever is the longest driving period. So in the above example the EU Citizen who has become a resident of Great Britain at the age of 68 can drive until the age of 71 simply because "3 years after becoming resident" (71) is a longer driving period than the standard "until you're 70". As said, you can ignore this outdated clause because their web page has since been updated with clarification.

"You can drive in Great Britain on your full, valid driving licence until you’re 70, or for 3 years after becoming resident in Great Britain, whichever is longer"


Renewing A Driving Licence After 70 Years Old

When a British driving licence holder becomes 70 years old, or becomes a resident of Great Britain and a British driving licence holder after 70 years old, they need to renew their driving licence every three years thereafter; if they want to carry on driving of course.

Miscellaneous Notes

Also worth noting: An EU driving licence can only be renewed in the country in which the holder is resident. If a driver holds a driving licence from another EU country (i.e. Hungary) and renews it in Great Britain, it will automatically be converted into a British driving licence.

NOTE: In the UK, when we say 'driving licence' we are talking about an ordinary Car & Motorcycle driving licence and NOT about a Lorry, Minibus & Bus vocational driving licence.

NOTE: A Provisional driving licence is issued to a learner whereas a Full (Professional) driving licence is issued to someone who has just or previously passed their driving test.

NOTE: Northern Ireland, which makes up the UK (Great Britain and Northern Ireland), has its own 'Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency' (Northern Ireland DVLA WebsiteDVLA) and its own Northern Ireland driving licence.

Proof Of ADDRESS / IDENTIFICATION

In England (UK) a British driving licence, Provisional (Learner) or Full (Passed The Driving Test), is NOT just for a vehicle owner. It is used equally as Identification (i.e. Proof of Address). Meaning, it is worth buying one just for ID purposes; as the two main forms of ID in the UK are currently the Passport and Driving Licence.

NOTE: Some organisations, such as the Post Office, are no longer accepting the Provisional (Learner) driving licence as ID; when collecting Recorded Delivery items from their sorting office for example.

NOTE: The address on your valid driving licence, regardless of its country of issue or your current residence status, MUST always be up-to-date; regardless if you move address ten times a year in different countries for example. If you cannot be contacted at the address shown on your valid driving licence, you need to update the address details on it immediately; regardless of which countries it is currently valid in. You could face legal action/penalties otherwise.

Exchange Your FULL NON-BRITISH DRIVING LICENCE

FULL EU Driving Licence - If you hold a valid, non-British, FULL EU driving licence, but are NOT a resident of Great Britain, you can drive within, and out of, Great Britain until that valid, non-British, FULL EU driving licence expires; as explained above.

Exchanging your valid, non-British, FULL EU driving licence for a FULL British driving licence will cost you £43. You will need to order Order DVLA Form D1 Web PageForm D1 or pick it up from a Post Office, fill it out by hand and then send it back by post to the address on that form; together with any relevant documents, including your valid FULL (non-British) EU driving licence and Passport (or Identity Card). Your new FULL British driving licence should then arrive in the post within 3 weeks.

NORTHERN IRELAND Driving Licence - If you hold a valid FULL Northern Ireland driving licence, you can exchange it for a FULL British driving licence for FREE; if it was issued on or after 1st January 1976.

You will need to order Order DVLA Form D1 Web PageForm D1 or pick it up from a Post Office, fill it out by hand and then send it back by post to the address on that form; together with any relevant documents, including your valid FULL Northern Ireland driving licence and Passport (or Identity Card). Your new FULL British driving licence should then arrive in the post within 3 weeks.

JERSEY / GUERNSEY / ISLE OF MAN Driving Licence - If you hold a valid FULL driving licence issued in either Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man, you can exchange it for a FULL British driving licence for £43; if it was issued on or after 1st April 1991.

You will need to order Order DVLA Form D1 Web PageForm D1 or pick it up from a Post Office, fill it out by hand and then send it back by post to the address on that form; together with any relevant documents, including your valid FULL Jersey, Guernsey or Isle of Man issued driving licence and Passport (or Identity Card). Your new FULL British driving licence should then arrive in the post within 3 weeks.

DESIGNATED COUNTRY Driving Licence - If you hold a valid FULL driving licence issued from one of the following countries, which has a driving licence exchange agreement with Great Britain, you can exchange it for a FULL British driving licence for £43; but only up to 5 years after becoming a UK resident.

Exchange Agreement Countries - Andorra, Australia, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and Zimbabwe.

You will need to order Order DVLA Form D1 Web PageForm D1 or pick it up from a Post Office, fill it out by hand and then send it back by post to the address on that form; together with any relevant documents, including your valid FULL Designated Country issued driving licence and Passport (or Identity Card). Your new FULL British driving licence should then arrive in the post within 3 weeks.

OTHER Driving Licence - If you hold any other type of valid FULL driving licence, you can drive within, and out of, Great Britain as you like within 12 months. However, if you want to continue driving within, and out of, Great Britain after that 12 months' period, you will need to pass a UK Driving Theory Test Web PageUK Driving Theory Test and UK Driving Practical Test Web PageUK Driving Practical Test.

Absolute Beginner - FIRST TIME DRIVER

If you have no driving licence at all and are a complete first time driver in England (UK), "Foreign" or not, you should apply for a Provisional Driving Licence Web PageProvisional (Learner) driving licence online because it is quicker and less trouble than using the Post Office or DVLA website to obtain Form D1; which involves sending by post your original, difficult to replace (if lost or stolen), documents. NOT Advised. If you have to take this route, make sure you use a Recorded Delivery or Sign-For delivery service.

When filling out the online application form you will need your National Insurance Number, 9 Digit Biometric Passport Number and provide address details of where you have been living for the past three years. The provisional driving licence is currently £34 and should arrive within one week if you apply online. Up to three weeks and £43 if you apply by post.

You must be 17 years old or older, unless you have an age exemption for whatever reason/s, before you can drive either a car, motorbike or moped in Great Britain. If/when you pass your driving test, you will automatically be sent a FULL British driving licence by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA WebsiteDVLA); based in Swansea (Wales).

NOTE: DVLA will confirm your details with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

NOTE: If you take your UK Driving Practical Test in an automatic car you can only drive automatic cars, but if you pass your UK Driving Practical Test in a manual car you can drive both types of car.

Absolute Beginner - FIRST TIME RIDER

If you are going to ride a motorcycle or moped, you will need to take CBT Web PageCompulsory Basic Training (CBT). When you have completed (passed) that training, you then have to pass your full motorcycle test within 2 years; otherwise you will have to take CBT again. You need to book CBT directly through an ATB Web PageApproved Training Body (ATB), whose costs normally start from £100.

Upon completion of your CBT, you will receive a DL196 Certificate Of Completion that entitles you to ride a motorcycle or moped of up to 125cc and with a power output of up to 11kW on the road with L plates for 2 years (L or D plates in Wales).

The HIGHWAY CODE

As an absolute beginner or professional driver, either way, you should buy yourself a copy of the Highway Code Web PageHighway Code (the 'common sense' rule book); to familiarise yourself with English road signs and 'common sense' rulings. WHSmith sell an excellent range of Official WHSmith Driving Books Web PageDriving Books and you can practise the Official Driving Theory Test Web PageOfficial Driving Theory Test, for free, from the DVSA/GOV web page.

The UNION FLAG

As of 6th July 2015, Union Flag Driving Licence Web Pageall new and replacement driving licences will have the Union Flag (British Flag) printed on them. This is something to be aware of only, just in case you might of thought there was a mistake with your new or replaced driving licence; or that it might be a fake!


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