You need your Great Britain or Northern Ireland driving licence to drive abroad. You might also need an International Driving Permit in some non-EU countries.
Driving in Europe
You can use your Great Britain (GB) or Northern Ireland driving licence in all EU or European Economic Area (EEA) countries, and Switzerland.
Driving outside the EU/EEA
You may need an International Driving Permit to drive outside the EU/EEA.
Check first with the AA.
Getting an International Driving Permit
International Driving Permits cost £5.50 and you must:
- be a GB or Northern Ireland resident
- have passed your driving test
- be 18 or over
Advice on driving in specific countries
Hiring a car
If you’re hiring a car, the hire company may ask for a ‘check code’ so they can view your driving record.
If you move abroad, check with the driving licence authorities there to find out how to get a local driving licence.