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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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Check which type of IDP you need

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

There are 3 types of IDP:

  • 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).

Andorra

You will need a 1949 IDP and your UK licence.

Austria

You will not need an IDP for visits up to 6 months if you have a UK photocard driving licence.

You will need a 1968 IDP and your UK licence for longer visits or if you have a paper licence.

Belgium

You will not need an IDP for visits up to 185 days if you have either a UK photocard or UK paper driving licence.

You will need a 1968 IDP for longer visits.

Bulgaria

You will not need an IDP for visits up to 3 months if you have a UK photocard driving licence.

You will need a 1968 IDP and your UK licence for longer visits or if you have a paper licence.

Croatia

You will need a 1968 IDP and your UK licence 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

Cyprus

You will need a 1949 IDP and your UK licence.

Czech Republic

You will not need an IDP for visits up to 3 months if you have a UK photocard driving licence.

You will need a 1968 IDP and your UK licence for longer visits or if you have a paper licence.

Denmark

You will not need an IDP for visits up to 90 days if you have either a UK photocard or UK paper driving licence.

You will need a 1968 IDP for longer visits.

Estonia

You will not need an IDP if you have a UK photocard driving licence.

You will need a 1968 IDP and your UK licence if you have a paper licence.

Finland

You will not need an IDP if you have either a UK photocard or UK paper driving licence.

France

You will need a 1968 IDP and your UK licence.

Germany

You will not need an IDP for visits up to 6 months if you have a UK photocard driving licence.

You will need a 1968 IDP and your UK licence for longer visits or if you have a paper licence.

Greece

You will not need an IDP if you have a UK photocard driving licence.

You will need a 1968 IDP and your UK licence if you have a paper licence.

Hungary

You will not need an IDP for visits up to 12 months if you have either a UK photocard or UK paper driving licence.

You will need a 1968 IDP for longer visits.

Iceland

You will not need an IDP for visits up to 1 month if you have either a UK photocard or UK paper driving licence.

You will need a 1949 IDP for longer visits.

Ireland

You will not need an IDP for visits up to 12 months if you have either a UK photocard or UK paper driving licence.

You will need a 1949 IDP for longer visits.

Italy

You will need a 1968 IDP and your UK licence.

Latvia

You will not need an IDP if you have a UK photocard driving licence.

You will need a 1968 IDP and your UK licence if you have a paper licence.

Liechtenstein

You will need a 1926 IDP and your UK licence.

Lithuania

You will not need an IDP for visits up to 185 days if you have a UK photocard driving licence.

You will need a 1968 IDP and your UK licence for longer visits or if you have a paper licence.

Luxembourg

You will not need an IDP for visits up to 185 days if you have either a UK photocard or UK paper driving licence.

You will need a 1968 IDP for longer visits.

Malta

You will not need an IDP for visits up to 12 months if you have a UK photocard driving licence.

You will need a 1949 IDP for longer visits.

Monaco

You will need a 1968 IDP and your UK licence.

Netherlands

You will not need an IDP if you have either a UK photocard or UK paper driving licence.

Norway

You will not need an IDP for visits up to 90 days if you have a UK photocard driving licence.

You will need a 1968 IDP and your UK licence for longer visits or if you have a paper licence.

Poland

You will not need an IDP for visits up to 185 days if you have a UK photocard driving licence.

You will need a 1968 IDP and your UK licence for longer visits or if you have a paper licence.

Portugal

You will not need an IDP for visits up to 185 days if you have either a UK photocard or UK paper driving licence.

You will need a 1968 IDP for longer visits.

Romania

You will not need an IDP if you have a UK photocard driving licence.

You will need a 1968 IDP and your UK licence if you have a paper licence.

Slovakia

You will not need an IDP if you have either a UK photocard or UK paper driving licence.

Slovenia

You will not need an IDP for visits up to 90 days if you have either a UK photocard or UK paper driving licence.

You will need a 1968 IDP for longer visits.

Spain

You will not need an IDP for visits up to 9 months after the date the UK leaves the EU. Then you will not need an IDP for visits up to 6 months, if you have either a UK photocard or UK paper driving licence.

You will need a 1949 IDP for longer visits.

Switzerland

You will not need an IDP if you have either a UK photocard or UK paper driving licence.

Sweden

You will not need an IDP for visits up to 185 days if you have a UK photocard driving licence.

You will need a 1968 IDP and your UK licence for longer visits or if you have a paper licence.

Get an IDP

The UK Post Office issues IDPs to UK licence holders who are UK residents.

Get an IDP from the Post Office.

Other changes for UK drivers in the EU after Brexit

You must also:

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

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.