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I have a UK driving license that is valid until 2027. The license indicates that I originally passed my test in The Netherlands. Normally, EU licenses are not exchanged before they expire (source). However, I would like to exchange my UK license now, because I am worried that Brexit may complicate the bureaucracy involved. Is such an exchange possible?

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Yes. The advice from UK government is that holders of UK driving licenses who live in Germany should exchange their driving licenses before 29th March

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-germany#driving-in-germany

Linked from there is advice from the German government:

https://www.bmvi.de/SharedDocs/EN/Documents/LA/fact-sheet-foreign-driving-licences.pdf?__blob=publicationFile

Section 2.4 of that document says:

Even without a special reason, you may exchange your valid foreign driving licence for a German driving licence at any time.

  • I tried to exchange my license this morning, but the application was refused — they only consider license exchange when people have been at least four months in the country, and I've been less than two. So I cannot follow the advice from the UK government, and the "at any time" from the BMVI document is incorrect. The person at the Landkreis office thought there would probably be a solution for UK licenses after Brexit. We shall see. – gerrit Mar 7 at 9:30
  • @gerrit - that's terrible luck. (There is still quite a chance that Brexit will be delayed at least a few weeks, which may be enough to get you over the four month mark.) – Martin Bonner supports Monica Mar 7 at 10:14
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    Turns out that Brexit is delayed well past my four month mark. Looks like the linked page wisely no longer mentions any date, just "before the UK leaves the EU". – gerrit Apr 16 at 12:51
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When I moved to live in Germany, I had to change my Latvians (EU) drivers licence and get German drivers licence. Even if both countries are in EU and my drivers licences due time was in 8 years. I guess it is related to speed and parking tickets, and penalty points.

Exchange procedure was extremely simple - eye test and first aid training.

So if you live in Germany - get German drivers licence.

  • Why did you have to exchange it? My Dutch license I did not have to exchange in Sweden. – gerrit Apr 16 at 12:53
  • @gerrit maybe I should start that it was 13 years ago. But it seams still to be correct: bmvi.de/SharedDocs/EN/Documents/LA/… "2.1 -- You must have a domestic driving licence --" I guess it is related to speed and parking tickets, and penalty points. – kriscorbus Apr 16 at 13:01

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