Provisional driving license for non-EU resident in UK

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Dear Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency,

My wife has got her tier-2 dependent Visa and will live in UK for next three years. Can she drive with her Chinese driving license in UK for a short time? This is her third time to enter UK border. She only spent about a month in UK for the last two visits with one visiting Visa for the first time and dependent Visa for the second time.
In the meanwhile, I also want to apply for the Provisional driving license. Should I send my biometric card with my passport when I send my application or just passport alone? My present visa is on my biometric card.
Looking forwards to your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Jianfeng Xu

DVLA Drivers, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Thank you for your email received on 5/8/14. Your email reference number is 2260483.

As a visitor you may drive vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes and with up to 8 passenger seats provided your full licence or driving permit for these vehicles remains valid for up to 12 months from the date of entering Great Britain (GB).

As a resident, provided your full licence remains valid you can drive any category of small vehicle (cars and motorcycles) shown on your licence for up to 12 months from the time you became resident. To continue driving, a provisional GB licence must be obtained and a driving test passed.

When determining your status as a resident or a visitor, you may like to bear in mind that legal precedents have determined that ‘temporarily visiting’ indicates presence in this country for casual purposes as opposed to the regular habits of life.

For example, a student who enrols in a 3-year course here and only returns home for short periods each year would be considered to be resident from the date he/she arrives.

Please note neither visitor or resident is defined in driver licensing legislation. It is for the individual to determine his/her status by seeking legal advice if necessary.

The ultimate decision is down to the individual concerned and he/she must be prepared to justify his/her status if challenged.

I can confirm you will be required to show your right to remain in the United Kingdom, if this is shown in your Biometric Residence Permit, you will need to send it to the DVLA with the completed application form.

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Regards

L Harris
DVLA Contact Centre

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Dear Jianfeng Xu

 

Thank you for your email received on 5/8/14. Your email reference number
is 2260741.

 

Please pass the following information to your wife.

 

As a visitor you may drive vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes and with up to 8
passenger seats, provided your full licence or International Driving
Permit remains valid for up to 12 months from the date of entering Great
Britain (GB).

 

As a resident, provided your full licence remains valid, you may drive any
category of small vehicle shown on your licence for up to 12 months from
the time you become resident.

 

I am sorry we have no agreement with China to exchange driving licences
between the two countries.

 

To ensure continuous driving entitlement a provisional GB licence must
have been obtained and the relevant driving test(s) passed before the
12-month period elapses. If you obtain a provisional licence during this
period, you will not be subject to provisional licence conditions e.g.
displaying L-plates, being supervised by a qualified driver or being
precluded from motorways.

 

However, if you do not pass a test within the 12-month concessionary
period you will not be allowed to drive as a full licence holder and
provisional licence conditions will apply.

 

If you do not apply for a provisional licence within the first 12 months
and the 12 months since you entered GB lapse, you must stop driving and
obtain a GB provisional licence with a view to passing a driving test.
Provisional licence conditions will then apply.

 

To apply for a provisional licence, you will need to complete application
form D1. This form can be obtained from main Post Office® branches or can
be ordered from [1]www.gov.uk/dvlaforms. The filled in form should be
returned to:-

 

DVLA

Swansea

SA99 1AF

 

Together with the appropriate identity documents, one passport style
photograph and fee of £50.00.

 

For information regarding tests please contact the Driver and Vehicle
Standards Agency (DVSA) on the following telephone number: 0300 200 1122

 

Email address: [email address]

 

Your driving licence should arrive within 3 weeks of us receiving your
application. It might take longer if we have to check your medical or
personal details. Allow at least 3 weeks for your driving licence to
arrive before contacting DVLA.

 

Regarding your application, I can confirm that the Biometric card on its
own will be sufficient in support of your application.

 

Do not reply to this email. If you wish to contact us again about this
response then please use our [2]Reply Form or copy and paste the following
URL in to your browser:

 

https://emaildvla.direct.gov.uk/emaildvl...

 

When filling in the form the email reference number 2260741 will be
required.

 

Regards

 

J Perry

DVLA Contact Centre

 

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Find out about DVLA's online services at:

[4]www.gov.uk/browse/driving

 

Use our free [5]vehicle enquiry service to view vehicle information held
on DVLA records.

 

Twitter: [6]@dvlagovuk

 

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Rahul left an annotation ()

my UK tier 2 visa validity is remaining 5 months can i apply for provisional license

Philippe Tremblay left an annotation ()

It is so hard for no-EU residents now. I mean, if I do have a drivers licence in Angola I canot have it here? Because I speak with a weird accent or something?