I recently came to work in the UK on a Tier 2 visa, and I've got my Biometric Residence Permit. I hold a driver's license from a non-EU country, so I'm only allowed to drive in the UK for 1 year. The gov.uk website says:
You can drive in Great Britain on your full, valid driving licence for 12 months from when you became resident. It also says:
you’re normally a resident if you have a permanent address in Great Britain that you’ve lived in for at least 185 days.
The above points raise a couple of questions:
- If I lived in a hotel for 1st month after coming to the UK, and only then started renting a permanent place, does this mean that I wasn't resident for 1st month?
- Does the residency definition mean that I'm not resident for my first 185 days in the UK? Does this, in turn, mean that I need to get a UK licence (1 year + 185 days) after crossing the UK border? ("1 year after I became resident")
- Under what circumstances might I need to prove to someone that my 1 year has not passed yet?
- What are the valid ways to prove it? Provide my BRP that was issued less than 1 year ago? Provide a tenancy agreement that started less than 1 year ago? Provide my passport that shows that I last entered UK less than 1 year ago (in this case - if I left & entered UK several times will only the last time count)?
- What can be the consequences of driving with my non-UK/EU licence after 1 year has passed?
I'd be grateful is someone could provide links to any documents clarifying the above (preferably from gov.uk or other government websites).