I have a B category driving licence which I obtained in Turkey. Do you know if my Turkish driving licence is valid in the UK? It was issued both in Turkish and English.

If not, what kind of steps I need to take to make it valid?


Yes it is valid in the UK, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in the UK:

If you’ve got a full and valid licence you can drive any small vehicle (eg car or motorcycle) listed on your licence for 12 months from when you last entered Great Britain (GB).


After 12 months you’ll need to apply for a provisional licence and pass the theory and practical driving tests to drive in Great Britain.


If you are driving in a foreign country, you could try getting an International Drivers Permit, which is a translation of your licence into many languages and works in many countries.

Local organisations issue them for a small fee. e.g. I have Ireland The AA issue them.

  • This is true but the UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency doesn't seem to mention needing an IDP and, even with an IDP, a foreign license from most non-EU countries (including Turkey) can only be used for up to a year after arrival in the UK. Jun 17 '19 at 16:03

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