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Ministry doesn't rule out driving licence changes for Brits



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If Britain leaves the European Economic Area this could mean Britons living in Luxembourg would have to exchange their licences for Luxembourg licencesPhoto: Flickr/Ed Seymour 

The Luxembourg infrastructure ministry has not ruled out British driving licence holders having to convert their licences to Luxembourg ones after Brexit.

Under current rules, licences issued in the UK and any other member state of the European Economic Area (EEA), are recognised in Luxembourg when the licence holder moves there. But after given Theresa May’s statements in favour of leaving the European Economic Area to curb migration, this could mean they will be treated the same as licences issued outside of the EU and therefore must be converted.

“At this stage, no modifications are yet planned, those will depend on negotiations,” infrastructure ministry spokesperson Danielle Frank told Delano on Tuesday.

According to government information portal guichet.lu, conversion is compulsory for “drivers who obtained their driving licence in a non-EEA Member State. These licences must be converted into Luxembourg driving licences within one year of taking up normal residence in Luxembourg.” Should they fail to have them converted within a year, they will have to pass a driving test before receiving a new licence.

For some years, Luxembourg has given drivers with licences issued by another EU member state the option of exchanging or registering their foreign driving licence for a Luxembourg one on the principle of mutual recognition between member states. The aim of registration is to ensure a quick replacement in the event a driver’s licence is lost or stolen. It is only compulsory to exchange a licence issued in a member state of the European Economic Area if a driver has their licence suspended or withdrawn because of a driving offence.

More information about exchanging and registering licences here.