London is a magical, fascinating place. It is one of the best cities in the world to live in.
The traffic though…
The fact that everyone drives in the “wrong direction” from the perspective of practically every living soul on the globe, the narrow streets that were designed by the Romans for horses and carriages, and the number of people living here who need to commute add an uncomfortable level of getting used to when it comes to driving in the capital.
Alas, there’s no going around it. If you have to drive, you have to drive, right? And for that, you’ll need your driver’s license.
The odds are that you’ve already passed your driver’s test with flying colors in your home country. Why go through it again, when you can simply exchange your license? It still won’t be a walk in the park but hey, everything is better than starting from zero.
So what are the rules for exchanging your license in the UK?
As you can see, there is no rush to exchanging your existing license in the UK. You can easily settle in, get used to the local roads and traffic, and then take the exams (if need be). More on the matter, you legally have a period of 5 years on your hands. You won’t be able to drive for more than one without breaking the law though.
So, how does one exchange a non-UK license?
Pro tip: don’t plan anything that might require your passport like an abroad trip for the time being.
Getting a license is one thing, gaining the skills you will need to drive in the UK is another. We suggest that you practice for a bit in a slow, peaceful area before moving on into the big city because the wheel on the right side definitely takes some getting used to.
Oh, an in case you need any other help with settling in, you know who to call, wink-wink, nudge-nudge;)