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Old 20-09-2010, 18:51
twingle
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Anyone know the procedure for this? Nothing on web site for this scenario and the number is constantly busy?

Thanks in advance

Oh and the person wants to keep their UK license because they come back to this country fairly often and could possibly settle back here hence wanting to keep it renewed
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Old 20-09-2010, 19:09
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I seen this posted on another forum there ( did a quick search)

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Has anyone renewed their UK 10 year photo driving licence while living in the USA.

Appreciate that there is no way to do it over here but wondered if anyone had successfully done so via a family members address in the UK.

Or in fact is there any practical reason to do so and no real disadvantage by just letting it expire.
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You can't renew it till you move back ! .... It will be renewed without having to take another test though ... Benn through all this and talked to staff at DVLC in Swansea.

If it's of no help, just ignore it lol
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Old 20-09-2010, 19:15
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To obtain a driving licence from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), you will also need to have a permanent address in England, Scotland or Wales.
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring...yC/DG_10035602
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Old 20-09-2010, 19:23
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Rightfully so too,

It would enable a lot of cross-country licence problems. You should only have a licence of the country where you are a permanent resident.
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Old 20-09-2010, 19:40
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Ah thanks guess he will just have to let it expire

Not what he wanted to hear but c'est la vie!
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Old 20-09-2010, 20:24
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Ah thanks guess he will just have to let it expire

Not what he wanted to hear but c'est la vie!
Does he not have a relative in the UK that he could use as an accommodation address.
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Old 20-09-2010, 20:31
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My Dad lives in France and he just uses my brother's address for renewals etc....
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Old 20-09-2010, 20:54
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Yes me (his ex wife!!) Guess that is what he will do. I get all his bank stuff. I am such a nice ex wife
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Old 20-09-2010, 21:28
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My Dad lives in France and he just uses my brother's address for renewals etc....
Which works, but is of course illegal.
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Old 20-09-2010, 22:15
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Op, why dont you just apply for another driving licence if yours is about to run out, just get a replacement 10 year driving licence. People can have more than one passport so I cant see why they should not have more than one driving licence.
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Old 21-09-2010, 08:34
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Which works, but is of course illegal.
But works.....
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Old 21-09-2010, 09:48
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Hi OP,

can i offer a little advice as i live abroad?

1) he is supposed to obtain a licence for the country he is resident in, within a certain period of arriving there - here in the netherlands theres some dispute but it between 6 and 12 months. obviously that will depend on where he lives....

2) its more benficial to have a foreign licence when back in the UK anyway - i have been stopped by customs when entering the country to have the car searched, when you tell them your an englishman driving a foreign vehicle because you reside there and can show a foreign licence then they seem a bit more relaxed about the situation (ive been told its cos they are suspicious over NL cars but thats another story). I was also stopped by the police on the M20 for speeding (i was doing around 75 mph) - i handed them my dutch licence and they immediately let me go with a warning and the advice to get a sticker with MPH conversions on my dashboard

3) if he moves back to the UK he only needs to reapply for a copy of his UK licence using his new UK address or hand in the foreign licence and swap it for a UK one if he wants to do it that way.

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Old 21-09-2010, 13:13
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Hi OP,

can i offer a little advice as i live abroad?

1) he is supposed to obtain a licence for the country he is resident in

Sorry to hijack, but I'm in a similar situation except I'm a student in the US- the UK is my resident country but I spend over 340 days in the US a year.

I've been needing to change the address on my UK license for the last 3 years (I know, i know!)- can i do this given that I spend so much time outside the US or should I have handed my UK license in?
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Old 21-09-2010, 14:14
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Sorry to hijack, but I'm in a similar situation except I'm a student in the US- the UK is my resident country but I spend over 340 days in the US a year.

I've been needing to change the address on my UK license for the last 3 years (I know, i know!)- can i do this given that I spend so much time outside the US or should I have handed my UK license in?
im not sure as ive only had experience with swapping my licence for european ones - i just saw this though and it might be of interest to you. Its probably worth you calling the relevent state authority to check, after all "better safe than sorry":

http://www.ehow.com/how_6108083_amer...n_citizen.html
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Old 21-09-2010, 15:56
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im not sure as ive only had experience with swapping my licence for european ones - i just saw this though and it might be of interest to you. Its probably worth you calling the relevent state authority to check, after all "better safe than sorry":

http://www.ehow.com/how_6108083_amer...n_citizen.html
Thank you for the link- I drive over here (Florida) on a FL license & have done for over 3 years, the problem is when I'm back in the UK, my parents' insurers want my UK license so I can be on their policy when I am back... If I get pulled over my address on my UK license is wrong.... I'll give the DVLA a call and see what they suggest!
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