Guidance

Driving in the EU after Brexit: international driving permits

The rules for international driving permits (IDPs) in EU countries are changing. Check which type of IDP you need to drive when you visit Europe.

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Driving in the EU and EEA

You may need one or more international driving permits (IDP), as well as your UK driving licence to drive in an EU or EEA country.

Find out which IDPs you might need to drive in an EU or EEA country.

If you have a UK licence you will not need an IDP to drive when visiting Ireland.

Check which type of IDP you need

The UK Post Office issues 3 types of IDP to UK licence holders who are UK residents:

  • 1926 IDP
  • 1949 IDP
  • 1968 IDP

The type of IDP you need depends on the country you will be driving in.

You may need more than one IDP. For example, when driving through France (1968 IDP) to Andorra (1949 IDP) or to Liechtenstein (1926 IDP).

1968 IDP

You will need a 1968 IDP and your UK licence to drive when visiting:

  • Austria, if you have a paper licence
  • Bulgaria, if you have a paper licence
  • Croatia, if you are:
    • a category D1 or D licence holder under the age of 24
    • a category C licence holder under the age of 21
    • a category C1 and B licence holder under the age of 18
  • Czech Republic, if you have a paper licence
  • Estonia, if you have a paper licence
  • France
  • Germany, if you have a paper licence
  • Greece, if you have a paper licence
  • Italy
  • Latvia, if you have a paper licence
  • Lithuania, if you have a paper licence
  • Monaco
  • Norway, if you have a paper licence
  • Poland, if you have a paper licence
  • Romania, if you have a paper licence
  • Sweden, if you have a paper licence

1949 IDP

You will need a 1949 IDP and your UK licence to drive when visiting:

  • Andorra
  • Cyprus

1926 IDP

You will need a 1926 IDP and your UK licence to drive when visiting Liechtenstein.

EU and EEA countries where you can drive without an IDP

Some countries have confirmed that UK licence holders will not need an IDP to drive when visiting after Brexit.

If you have either a UK photocard or UK paper driving licence, you will not need an IDP to drive when visiting:

  • Belgium, for visits up to 185 days
  • Denmark, for visits up to 90 days
  • Finland
  • Hungary, for visits up to 12 months
  • Iceland, for visits up to 1 month
  • Ireland, for visits up to 12 months
  • Luxembourg, for visits up to 185 days
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal, for visits up to 185 days
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia, for visits up to 90 days
  • Spain, for 9 months after the date the UK leaves the EU, and then for visits up to 6 months
  • Switzerland

If you have a UK photocard driving licence, you will not need an IDP to drive when visiting:

  • Austria, for visits up to 6 months
  • Bulgaria, for visits up to 3 months
  • Czech Republic, for visits up to 3 months
  • Estonia
  • Germany, for visits up to 6 months
  • Greece
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania, for visits of up to 185 days
  • Malta, for visits up to 12 months
  • Norway, for visits up to 90 days
  • Poland, for visits up to 185 days
  • Romania
  • Sweden

You will need an IDP to drive when visiting these countries if you only have a UK paper licence.

Other changes for drivers visiting the EU after Brexit

As well as carrying an IDP, you will need extra documents to drive a UK registered vehicle in the EU after Brexit. For example:

UK licence holders living in the EU or EEA

Instead of using an IDP, UK licence holders living and driving in the EU or EEA should exchange their UK driving licence for a driving licence from the country they live in.

Driving in the EU after Brexit: driving licence exchange

EU drivers visiting the UK after Brexit

Drivers from EU and EEA countries will not need to carry an IDP when visiting the UK.

See also

This guidance expands on the driving technical notice published in September 2018.

Published 22 July 2019
Last updated 12 August 2019 + show all updates
  1. Details of the IDPs required to drive in certain countries have been updated.
  2. First published.