Your Driving licence after a Hard Brexit

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  1. Jim

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    Thanks for the succinct update @Jim. One problem for a lot like us is : We left the UK in December before any mention of IDP’s, we are travelling back from Spain through France in our MotorHome to get a ferry from France. I could have applied for a Spanish one before end of January but didn’t have a cheque book here and AA/RAC would only accept cheques but I couldn’t get a French one by post so consequently have neither. I can’t see how we can get a permit to travel home if needed unless we leave the motorhome here, fly home, get the permits from a PO, fly back and then drive home. Other option is to go back to UK before 29th March but not considering that either at the minute. There will be many hundreds like us I am sure. Any answers?
     
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    Be sure to check your IDP before leaving the post office, it is in tiny letters. We didn't can now seemingly ride a motorcycle, great news couldn't before;) John not to happy, has hidden his bike keys :ROFLMAO:
     
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    Personally I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. You have a great excuse as to why you don't have one, the chances of being stopped are slim. My only concern would be my insurance company and I'd probably drop them a line explaining the situation.
     
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    I am sure there are as many EU nationals in the UK in the same position, I would think that a little common sense will prevail on both sides.
     
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    I haven't seem much so far!
     
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    When stopped I've only been asked for my passport never asked to see my driving licence.
     
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    To be honest I am not. I have come to the stage where I am trying to pretend nothing is happening and just going to play things as they arise. Yes common sense and truthful explanation. Just interested in what other thought who were in a similar position. Staying on a site in Spain at the moment, as you can imagine the rumours abounding are many and varied. Ignoring them seems the way forward until we have hard fact.
     
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    I don't think we insist on them here. So if you are johnny Foreigner and stopped here; the old bill are happy with seeing your original licences. A Spanish cop with a Brit abroad though...who knows.
     
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    Government generosity at its usual best....

    What do I need? How Much Will it Cost?
    A single IDP will cost £5.50 Two will cost £11 etc
     
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    I was stopped in early January in Benidorm by the police and the only thing he asked for was my driving licence, took it away for a few minutes then brought it back told me to go. It looked like they were only stopping UK cars.
     
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    If there is a police force in Europe that will insist on seeing an IDP, who'd bet that it wouldn't be the Spanish.:D Any excuse to rake in a few €€
     
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    Soon you will be able to show them our nice new French ones.
     
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    That reminds me of the IDP that I got around 1994 when they were issued at the local AA shop. It wasn't until I got home that I noticed that the young lad behind the counter obviously didn't have a clue what to do because he had stamped every single box meaning that I could pretty much drive anything and everything.
     
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    @Jim is there a time limit on how long they last, or have i misinterpreted "You can post date your permit to start on any date up to three months in advance." as I cant see any other reason to post date the start date

    Lucky enough to be able to post on a "B" thread !! (y)

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    They last from 1 to 3 years, see the FAQs on the Post Office page linked to in Jim’s article (and above).
     
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    Got mine today at the Post Office in Nottm,,,Soon to be taken over by W H Smith..Lucky as i got a young assistant who understood the system and i got the two i need..Asked her if she would be transferring to W H Smith..No she said,,min wage, no pension and min holidays..She said the recruited W H Smith staff would have 2 weeks training..Glad i got mine today..BUSBY,
     
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    What about all the EU truck drivers ? Are they all going to apply in their home country in case they get sent to the UK ? Maybe park at Dover and phone the boss to post one over.
     
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