Driving Licences: Reciprocal Arrangements

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 24 October 2023.

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Photo of James Daly James Daly Conservative, Bury North

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with which (a) foreign countries and (b) administrative regions of foreign countries that issue their own driving licences his Department has an agreement for mutual recognition of documents; and whether his Department is taking steps to reach such agreement with other countries and regions.

Photo of Richard Holden Richard Holden Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The UK continues to exchange and recognise licences originating from all European Economic Area (EEA) countries. Arrangements are in place with all EEA countries for the recognition and exchange of the vast majority of GB licences.

Outside of the EEA, mutual driving licence exchange agreements are in place with the following designated countries:

Andorra

Gibraltar

South Africa

Australia

Hong Kong

Switzerland

Barbados

Japan

Taiwan

British Virgin Islands

Monaco

Ukraine

Canada

New Zealand

United Arab Emirates

Cayman Islands

Republic of Korea

Zimbabwe

Falkland Islands

Republic of North Macedonia

Faroe Islands

Singapore

Work is currently progressing on arrangements with a further seven countries:

Albania

Moldova

Sri Lanka

Kosovo

San Marino

Malaysia

Serbia

I also recently met with an official delegation from Kenya to discuss existing arrangements with them as well.

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