The UK leaves the EU on 29th March 2019. If you’re planning to drive in the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) post-Brexit, here is what you might need to do.
It's important to note that some of the requirements in this article might change, depending on what terms are decided when the UK leaves the EU: You can view official Brexit updates from GOV.UK.
From 29th March 2019, UK driving licence holders may need to get an international driving permit (IDP) to drive abroad. If there is no EU Exit deal, UK drivers may also need extra documentation, as well as an IDP, to drive in the EU and EEA.
Find out more information about IDPs here.
If you live in the EU or EEA and hold a UK driving licence, you’ll need to exchange it for a local EU driving licence before 29th March 2019 – you can do this here.
Remember to do this as soon as you can, as the closer it gets to 29th March 2019, the longer the processing times may be.
When visiting the UK, you can drive on your EU licence.
You can exchange your EU licence for a UK one if you return to live in the UK, as long as you passed your test in the UK or another specified country.
As it is, a GB sign is used to identify cars registered in the UK when driving outside of the country.
Again, if there is no EU Exit deal, you might have to get a GB sticker to display on your car, even if it has a Euro-plate showing both the EU flag and a GB sign.
If your plate only features a GB sign and not the EU flag, you won’t need a GB sticker.
If you’re driving your car in the EU or EEA for a holiday, or a period of time less than 12 months, you currently have to carry your vehicle registration documents with you. This could include your vehicle log book or a VE103.
If there is no EU Exit deal on the 29th March 2019, you should continue to travel with your vehicle registration documents when driving in the EU.
In the event of ‘no deal’ on 29th March 2019, and there has been no decision made by the European Commission regarding checking for proof of insurance for UK-registered vehicles, you will need to carry a green card while driving in the EU and EEA. We'll be contacting all of our customers with instructions on how to obtain a green card, if 'no deal' becomes a reality.
Published 6th March 2019