DVLA unveils massive new driving permit update impacting Britons and launching within weeks

DVLA unveils massive new driving permit update impacting Britons and launching within weeks

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Felix Reeves

By Felix Reeves

Published: 04/03/2024

- 16:39

Updated: 05/03/2024

- 09:34

Drivers will need to visit Post Office branches before the changes in April

New driving licence rules will be rolled out in April to allow drivers to more easily access vital documentation before driving to popular tourist destinations.

From April 1, 2024, the provider of International Driving Permits (IDPs) will be changing, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) announced.

After this date, drivers will be able to get an IDP from participating PayPoint stores across the UK where they will exclusively be available.

If someone is travelling before April 1, 2024, and requires an IDP, they will need to visit a participating Post Office branch.

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International Driving Permit

The changes will be introduced from April 1, 2024


However, after this date, they can visit PayPoint stores, with GOV.UK set to be updated in April with guidance on store locations taking place in the service.

An IDP is not usually required for the majority of popular holiday destinations abroad, although over 140 countries recommend the use of an IDP.

This includes a number of hotspots for British holidaymakers, like Turkey, Mexico, Canada and Australia.

There are three different types of IDP (1926, 1949 and 1968) and drivers will need to check beforehand to make sure they are getting the correct one for their use.

Motorists are warned that they should not apply for an IDP if they are moving abroad as they will need to either exchange their UK licence or apply for a new one in the country they’re moving to.

Drivers should also make sure whether they need an IDP before travelling and renting vehicles, with GOV.UK advising Britons to check with the car hire company.

A number of European countries do not require the use of an IDP, including Belgium, Denmark, France and Greece.

However, if someone holds a paper driving licence or licence from Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man, they may need a certain IDP.

The same applies for drivers if they are planning on driving in the country for longer than 30, 90 or 180 days, such as Cyprus, Estonia, Iceland and Norway.

In December, the DVLA announced that it had awarded Post Office Ltd a contract to provide certain services following a review period.

Under the new terms, motorists can visit relevant Post Office branches to tax a vehicle or renew a 10-year photocard driving licence, which will also be introduced from April 1.

The terms of the existing contract, which runs until March 31, 2024, will see the Post Office provide International Driving Permits (IDPs) to those who need them to travel abroad.


International Driving Permit

IDPs are still required for a number of popular tourist destinations


An IDP costs £5.50 to obtain, with people needing to live in Great Britain or Northern Ireland, have a full UK driving licence and be 18 or over to purchase one.

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