The effects of Brexit on your driving licence

Belgian driving licenses will continue to be recognized in the UK, even after Brexit.


In accordance with Article 2 of Directive 2006/126/EC, driving licenses issued by the Member States are mutually recognized. From the date of withdrawal, driving licenses issued by the United Kingdom will no longer be recognized by the Member States under this legislation. The recognition of driving licenses issued by third countries is not governed by European law, but by international law and by the national law of the Member States. The 1968 Vienna or 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic applies in the signatory member states.


I have a British driving license and I live in Belgium, what should I do?

If you have a British driving license, we recommend that you prepare in time and go to your municipality before 31/12/2020 to exchange your British driving license for a Belgian driving license through a simple exchange procedure. You can still exchange your driving license after 31/12/2020. The exchange of a non-European driving license takes more time, so we strongly recommend that you exchange your driving license before 31/12/2020.


Can I keep my UK license and receive a Belgian license?

No, after the exchange of the UK license by the Belgian licence, the Belgian municipality will keep the UK license.


Can British tourists drive in Belgium with their British driving license?

 • As long as the British driving license is regarded as a European driving license, you can drive in Belgium with your British driving license.

• As soon as the British driving license is regarded as a non-European driving license and as long as you are not registered in Belgium, you can drive during a business trip or holiday in Belgium with your national driving licence if it complies with one of these models:

• As soon as you are  registered in Belgium for at least 185 days, you must be holder of a Belgian or European driving license.



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