European driving license: is it valid in the UK?

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Can I drive with my European driving license in the UK?

Can I drive with my European driving license in the UK?

It is completely legal to drive in the UK with a valid European driving license.

You can however exchange your European driving license against a British license from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).

To drive on UK roads, you must have:

  • Your identity card or passport
  • Vehicle papers
  • Your driving license
  • A European accident report

This document is standard throughout the European Union and helps speed up procedures in the event of an accident.

  • Breakdown and accident coverage
  • Automobile insurance certificate
  • The international travel insurance certificate (optional)
  • The green card (optional)

Third Party Insurance is the legal minimum for driving on UK roads.

You can also take out international travel insurance in addition to your automobile insurance.

Check with your insurance company.

By driving a car on which you are not insured, you risk a fine of £ 300 (395 €) and a withdrawal of 6 points on your driver's license.

The equipment to put in your car are:

  • Warning triangle
  • Fluorescent vest
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Emergency lights

Spare jerry cans are prohibited on ferries.