According to the British government, failure to take out a driving licence in the EU country in which UK citizens live could mean that drivers would have to pass a test after the UK leaves the EU on March 29.
The government also said people living in the UK who want to drive in the European Union after 29th March might need an international driving permit (IDP).
The government advise released yesterday stated:
“In the event that there is no EU exit deal, you may have to pass a driving test in the EU country you live in to be able to carry on driving there."
“You should consider exchanging your UK driving licence for an EU driving licence as soon as possible. Increased demand may lead to longer processing times and delays to exchanging driving licences the closer it is to 29 March 2019."
"If you return to live in the UK, provided you passed your driving test in the UK (or another specified country), you can exchange your EU licence for a UK licence without taking another test."
You can drive on your EU licence when visiting the UK.
Stan Dickens (FRICS) is a UK qualified Chartered Surveyor who has practiced in Spain and Portugal since 1989.