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UK Driving Permit

Sun Jun 18, 2006 12:40 am

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.
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RE: UK Driving Permit

Sun Jun 18, 2006 12:48 am

I believe it's the same as what I had to go through when I could no longer use my UK license in California. I had to take the written test and then the driving test.
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RE: UK Driving Permit

Sun Jun 18, 2006 4:04 am

Getting one in the UK is a pain with the strict tests.
check on DVLA website, you can exchange your permit (USA to UK one) for some countries, not sure if USA is included
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