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What are the post-Brexit rules about UK driving licences?

What are the post-Brexit rules about UK driving licences?
UK driving licence photocard. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)
People who became legally resident in Austria before Brexit and have a British driving licence should note the deadline for exchanging their British licence for an Austrian one is June 30th, 2021.

British people who moved to Austria after January 1st 2021 will be considered third country nationals and have six months from their date of arrival to exchange their licence. 

The rule also applies to anyone with a British driving licence resident in Austria. If they moved to Austria before Brexit they should also exchange it by June 30th, 2021.

If you live in Austria for some of the year, but are not legally resident in Austria, you can still use your British licence, and should not need an International Driving Licence (IDL) to drive in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein if you have a photocard driving licence issued in the UK.

READ MORE: What Britons in Austria need to know about exchanging driving licences

What do I need to take with me when I exchange my licence?

When you go to exchange your licence you should take:  

In certain cases, the driving licence authority may request additional documents.

The exchange should cost €60.50, with the option for an express service of an additional €11.25.

Vocabulary 

Foreign driving licence – Ausländischer Führerschein

Passport – Reisepass 

Identity card – Personalausweis 

Translation – Übersetzung

Confirmation of registration – Bestätigung der Meldung/Anmeldebestätigung

Medical certificate  – Ärztliches Gutachten


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