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Americans wanting to drive in the UK

Info on returning to the UK including international removals, customs, pets, etc.

Postby RichJ » Tue Nov 01, 2005 2:58 pm

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Postby Sarah » Sat Dec 10, 2005 8:10 am

Technically there is no such thing as a US International Driver's License. Its a scam and should not be confused with the International Driving Permit you can obtain from driver's associations like AAA. If you have a US State License you can obtain an IDP by simple application and fee, for example:

The IDP is a document translated into 10 langauges and is valid in 150 countries. TECHNICALLY you dont need one to drive in the UK and having an IDP does not negate one's need to get a UK driver's license once one has started to reside in the UK. Its basically just a translation of your US D/L to help you communicate with officials from other countries should you get stopped.

I would interpret the insurance company's reply to mean: she can drive in the UK as long as she has a valid US license (not an IDP or "international license") AND provided she gets her UK license within 12 months, they'll insure her. They'll never know if she surrenders the US license or not. Also, an IDP is not directly exchangeable for a UK license, she'll still have to test.

If she's had her visa for more than 12 months but has not been ORDINARILY RESIDENT in the UK until recently, I would suggest that her 12 month count-down would begin from the moment she became ordinarily resident in the UK (in otherwords, gave up her US domicile for one in the UK). For example, Martin entered the US on Feb 9 2004 on his CR-1 and obtained his green card, however he did not become ordinarily resident in the US until Oct 21 2004. Up until that date we were still residing in the UK. As of Oct 21 04 we no-longer were domiciled in the UK. The term ordinarily resident is what is most important here - the DVLA cannot demand that a visa national obtain a UK license in order to drive in the UK if the visa national has not been resident in the UK.

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Postby lizthedrummer » Sat Dec 10, 2005 9:19 am

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DH drove on his US license for a year then got his provisional and sorta cheated for a bit, then passed his test on the second attempt. I guess its probably better to be on the safe side and make sure you'll be covered by insurance, so I wouldn't take any chances and try and get the UK license as soon as possible. DH was five months over the year when he got his :rolleyes:, and drives as part of his job so I was having kittens by the time he got his. But he was lucky, with no dings and didn't get pulled over once, bless him *touch wood* :/
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Postby Sarah » Sun Dec 11, 2005 6:13 am

Getting a provisional is a good idea. V easy. Just fill out the application, right Liz?
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Postby homesick_american » Mon Oct 09, 2006 11:15 am

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Postby computergeek » Mon Oct 09, 2006 11:43 am

Maybe not, but the tests in CA, TX and MS are so simple a trained chimp would probably pass them.
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Postby homesick_american » Mon Oct 09, 2006 11:55 am

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Postby Frances » Mon Oct 09, 2006 2:44 pm

[quote="homesick_american"]*shrug* Driving in the US is a lot easier than driving in the UK]

I don't know, I think it depends on what you are used to. My brother-in-law is a professional driver in the UK: has no troubledriving there. When he came to the States last year he rented a car and drove from CA to WA. He'll be the first to tell you what crap the roads are in the States.

It's all about understanding the roads and the rules pertaining to them.
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Postby Bry75 » Mon Oct 09, 2006 3:07 pm

I arrived in the UK on Jan 15th 2006 on a Fiance visa and got my leave to remain in June 2nd,2006. Was the starting period on my CA licence on Jan or June. I started driving 2 weeks after I arrived. My insurance is £150 a month. Thanks
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