AirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4525 posts, RR: 52 Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 1250 times:
I'm currently in the UK on a student visa and I want to enquire about getting a UK driver's permit.
I went on the DVLA website but couldn't get some questions answered, so thought I'd post them here.
I have a US (California) driver's permit and an international drivers permit (issued in the US). I am 22 years old, in the UK on a student visa that expires in February 2007 and as of September (1 year of my being in the UK) I won't be able to use my California drivers license anymore.
So in order to get a UK one, do I have to go through all the rigamaroll that a newly licensed driver at the age of 18 would have to, or is there some other procedure?
I know that when we moved to the UK in 1993 my father handed over his Cypriot drivers license and got a UK one without having to take any tests, but I'm sure that had something to do with Cyprus being a former colony etc etc so my question is whether or not I will be exempted from any of the tests that a newly licensed driver would have to take.