Time is running out for drivers to change their UK driving licence for a EU one as Brexit looms. If you are living in Croatia and driving a car with a UK driving licence, you’ll have to change your UK licence for a Croatian one. Whilst driving licence rules will stay the same until 31 December 2020 you’re going to need to exchange your UK licence to be ready for Brexit in 2021.
According to official information from the UK government website “If you are resident in Croatia, you should exchange your UK licence for a Croatian one. You can still use your Croatian licence in the UK for short visits or exchange it for a UK licence without taking a test if you return to live in the UK. You should exchange your driving licence at the nearest police station. You can do this if you have either an approved temporary or permanent residence in Croatia.”
Obtaining a Croatian driving licence isn’t that difficult but don’t leave it to the last minute. You’ll need a few things to be able to exchange your UK driving licence, yes exchange because you won’t be able to have both a UK and an EU driving licence. UK driving licences are replaced with Croatian driving licences without the obligation to pass a driving exam, regardless of the category of the vehicle listed on the UK driving licence.
To exchange your licence, you will need the following -
- your original UK driving licence and translation
- payment slip
- administrative fee
- a 35 x 45 mm photograph
And the UK government website adds that other documentation may be required. Don't wait to the last minute and exchange your UK driving license as soon as possible.
We’ll keep you informed on other developments as Brexit comes ever closer.
You can find more information on driving in Croatia on these following links –