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With the ratification of the withdrawal agreement, the transition period guarantees that nothing will change for individuals and businesses in 2020 in order to give everyone the time to prepare for the implementation of the withdrawal agreement and the future relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom, which still remains to be negotiated.

The end of the transition period will have implications for EU and British citizens and economic players established in the EU and the UK, regardless of whether an agreement is reached on the future relationship. You must anticipate these changes.

You are concerned if you are a British citizen living in France and having a British driving licence to drive in France ; if you want to use your British driving license while traveling to France.

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asked questions

  • What is the situation during the transition period ?
  • During the transition period, you will be able to drive in France and in the other EU Member States with your British driving licence.


  • What will the situation be at the end of the transition period ?
  • Thereafter, there will be three main scenarios depending on whether you are driving in France as a tourist or resident:

    • If you are resident in France before the end of the transition period (31 Decembre 2020), you can exchange your British driving licence for a French license
    • If you are a tourist in France after the end of the transition period, you will be able to drive with your licence obtained by means of a driving test in the UK for the duration of your stay.
    • If you intend to settle in France, after the transition period, your British driving licence will be recognised in France for one year but you will be required to apply to exchange it during this period if a reciprocal agreement is concluded between France and the United Kingdom.

    However, after the transition period, if you have a British driving licence and wish to drive in other Member States you should contact those States. Each EU Member State has sovereign authority to determine the regulations applying to recognising and exchanging driving licences with non-EU countries.