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Driving Licence for renting a car in UK

If you get a no obligation online quotation, the terms and conditions specific to each rental company, and to each individual vehicel group will be shown to you. For example young drivers will be able to hire certain rental groups - but not others. Although the minimum age for driving a car in the UK is 17, to rent a car in the UK drivers usually need to be at least 21 years of age. If you are a young driver, check age limits with the rental agency before booking as the minimum age policy can vary, particularly if you are renting larger vehicles or if you hold a foreign driving licence.

As long as you have held a full British, European or International Driving Licence for a year or more, and are over 23 years of age, it should be possible to hire a car in the UK; drivers under 23 years have to have held their licence for at least two years. For those planning to stay in the UK for some time, it is possible to drive in Britain with a foreign driving licence for up to 12 months, as long as the licence has been held for a year or more. Drivers from EU countries or from Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway can continue driving in Britain after this period while their own licence is valid. Drivers from a list of designated countries will have to exchange their licence for a British one after a year, while drivers from all other countries will have to pass a driving test in Britain in order to continue driving after 12 months. Full details of these requirements, including the list of designated countries, can be found on the DVLA website www.dvla.gov.uk.

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