EU and non-EU licence holders

Information on how to prove that you can drive and details about EU and non-EU licences in order to apply for a resident's parking permit.

You must prove that you can drive in the UK.

GB licence holders

Full UK licence and Provisional UK licences accepted.

Important: Additional documentation is required if you are supplying a provisional licence – this licence must be covered with insurance and proof you are learning to drive such as proof of driving lessons or a valid theory test certificate or practical test within the past 12 months.

After 3 years, you must produce a valid theory test certificate to be eligible for a permit.

Important: You cannot apply for a permit for a vehicle owned by a company or employer with a provisional licence. 

Northern Ireland (NI)

Northern Ireland licences are valid in the UK until they expire, or they can be exchanged for Great Britain (GB) licences.

European Community/European Economic Area EC/EEA

A full, valid driving licence from an EC/EEA country allows you to drive in Great Britain (GB) until you are 70, or for three years after becoming a resident, whichever is the longer period.

If your driving licence has been previously exchanged from a non-EC/EEA country you can drive for up to 12 months from the time you first became resident. After this time, you must exchange your licence for a British one.

List of European Community/European Economic Area (EC/EEA) countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man or a Designated Country

A licence issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man or a Designated Country allows you to drive for up to 12 months from the day you became resident in Great Britain. After this time you must exchange your licence for a British one. You can exchange your licence within five years of becoming resident.

List of Designated Countries:

Australia, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and Zimbabwe.

Any other country

You can drive in Great Britain (GB) on your full, valid driving licence for up to 12 months from the time you first became resident. After this time, you will need to apply for a GB provisional driving licence and pass both a theory and a practical driving test to qualify for a GB driving licence.