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Exchanging non-EU drivers licence - residency start date

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Dear Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency,

I came to the UK in 2011 on a 2 year holiday visa. I then switched over to a family permit because I fell pregnant and couldn't travel.

3 months after my daughter was born, my husband and I moved back to Australia. However, it didn't work out for my husband job-wise and so after several months home we decided to move back to the UK. this was February 2014.

I now need to exchange my Australian licence (still valid/not expired) because we need a car for school runs soon. Am I able to put the date moved to the UK as February 2014 as this was the date we permanently moved to the UK?

In case it's relevant, my husband was granted permanent residence two months ago and as a family member on the same application, I was granted permanent residence too alongside him.

Thank you so much in advance for helping me clarify this issue.

Yours faithfully,


DVLA Contact Centre, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Dear Jennifer,

Thank you for your enquiry received on 14/8/2018.
Your case reference number is 00793894.

We appreciate that you have taken the time to contact us in relation to
this matter.

Car and Motorcycle Licence Holders
If you passed your driving test in Australia, you can drive all the
vehicles shown on your driving licence for up to 12 months from when you
became resident in GB (as long as the driving licence remains valid). 

If you want to drive for over 12 months you will need to exchange your
driving licence for a GB driving licence.

Please note: If you passed your driving test outside of Australia you may
not be able to exchange. See the advice [1]here for further information

Want to exchange your driving licence?
You can apply to exchange a valid driving licence within 5 years of
becoming resident in GB.  We can only exchange car and motorcycle
entitlement, not lorries or buses.  

You’ll need to complete a D1 application form for cars or
motorbikes. These can be ordered [2]here. Alternatively, you can get one
from selected [3]Post Offices® that offer driving licence transactions.   


• To include the relevant ID
• To include your current driving licence (if you have lost it, you'll
need to provide a proof of entitlement letter from the issuing
• To include 1 Passport standard photograph
• The fee is £43.00
• Your driving licence will not be returned to you.  We must send it to
the issuing authority as part of our exchange agreement.

What ID do I need to send?
You will need to send proof of your identity with the application. To
check what ID you can send and how this will be returned, please see the
full list of acceptable documents [4]here.

Where should I send the application?
SA99 1BT

How long will it take?
Please allow up to 3 weeks for your driving licence to be sent to you.
This can take longer if we need to check your health or personal details.

Your identity documents will be returned separately, normally arriving
within 3 weeks of receiving your licence.

I trust this information will allow you to resolve matters promptly.

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