Brexit and your uk driving licence

Driving licence exchange for UK nationals living in the EU

If you are a UK licence holder living in the EU or EEA you should exchange your UK driving licence for a local EU driving licence as soon as possible.

British High Commission advice states:

Concerning driving, UK nationals legally resident in Cyprus are “strongly encouraged” to obtain a Cyprus driving licence.

When visiting the UK, they will be able to drive on their Cyprus licence.

If they reside in the UK and plan to visit Cyprus they can still drive on their UK driving licence until the end of December 2020.

From 1 January 2021, it’s recommended that UK nationals obtain an international driving permit if planning to visit Cyprus.

End of the advice.

If you hold a UK licence and you have been resident in Cyprus for six months, the advice is to exchange it for a Cyprus one before the UK exits the EU. Details on how to apply are on this site.

Increased demand may lead to longer processing times and delays to exchanging driving licences the closer it is to the end of the transition period.

If you return to live in the UK, provided you passed your driving test in the UK or another specified country, you can exchange your EU licence for a UK licence without taking another test.

It is currently the case that residents of Cyprus from third countries who have been resident for six months must apply for a Cyprus driving licence. Their national driving licence no longer being valid after that time. For a number of countries it is possible to exchange the licence their national licence for a Cyprus one. A list of countries is on this site.

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