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Hello, peeps.

Long story short - 3 years ago I got banned in Latvia from driving (4 years total).

I was wondering - am I allowed to drive in the UK if Latvia's ban is still in force?

I tried to find some info on this subject but found nothing.

Cheers.

 

P.S. I know, I know, I'm an idiot for losing my licence in the first place

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Probably - No - but needs more research.

 

Is this a UK licence or a Latvian licence?

 

You should probably ask your insurance company. I am sure that you would have to declare it to them in any event and could be a very serious matter if you don't


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No, Latvian one.

I haven't driven in the UK yet, don't have the insurance.

I found so many things, that if you're banned from Ireland, you're also banned from the UK and vice versa. Nothing else though, other countries weren't mentioned, that's why I'm so confused.

Thanks for the reply.

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My opinion: Your Latvian licence has been suspended for four years and is therefor no longer valid. Not having a valid driving licence prevents you from legally driving in any other country.


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I agree with Mr P. From what I've read, you need a valid licence in the country you want to drive in. Certainly if you're banned in the UK you can't currently drive in Europe.

 

 

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No, I get that.

My question is - can I apply for a new driving licence here, in the UK, and drive with a provisional one if I'm banned in Latvia?

Thanks for the replies, guys, I appreciate it!

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EU countries don't share driving licences information, so if you apply for a brand new UK licence and you pass the test, nobody would ever know about your Latvian licence.

Differently, if you tried to convert your Latvian licence, the DVLA would gain information from the equivalent office in Latvia and find out that you're banned.

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I guess that is some good news, although I want everything to be legal. Hopefully it's okay to drive in the UK if you're banned somewhere else.

Hopefully you're right. Thanks

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I guess that is some good news, although I want everything to be legal. Hopefully it's okay to drive in the UK if you're banned somewhere else.

Hopefully you're right. Thanks

 

 

You could ask the DVLA, they have a phone line.

 

 

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As a matter of interest, what was the ban for? To have received a three year disqualification in any country must suggest a pretty serious offence. Whatever happens, you will have to declare it to your insurer and I can imagine that you will simply get a refusal to insure you and when you eventually get insured – when you get your licence back, you will be paying a pretty substantial premium.

 

I don't know what the situation is like in Latvia but in this country driving without insurance – which is pretty well the same as having lied to your insurance company and having your insurance revoked – is an extremely serious offence. It is also a reckless disregard for any victims of an accident you might have.


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You can only drive in the UK for 12 months with a full, VALID driving licence issued by a non-EU country. After that you must apply for a provisional licence and take a UK driving test

before you can drive legally

 

From that I would suggest that as you have no VALID licence, you cannot drive in the UK without having firstly had a provisional licence and taken a driving test. Be aware though that an application asks the specific question 'Have you been disqualified in any other country' and there is a fine of up to £2500 if you make a false declaration - it would also almost certainly invalidate any insurance policy as well

 

The answer to your question therefore would be that you cannot currently drive in the UK as you have no valid licence - either a UK one or one issued by another country. You would be committing an offence if you do drive, and you would not have insurance cover. Best wait until the ban has been served and then on renewal of the Latvian licence you can drive for up to 12 months before having to apply for a UK issued one. You would also have to declare the ban in Latvia when applying for insurance


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Insurance companies always ask have you motoring offences?


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As a matter of interest, what was the ban for? To have received a three year disqualification in any country must suggest a pretty serious offence. Whatever happens, you will have to declare it to your insurer and I can imagine that you will simply get a refusal to insure you and when you eventually get insured – when you get your licence back, you will be paying a pretty substantial premium.

 

I don't know what the situation is like in Latvia but in this country driving without insurance – which is pretty well the same as having lied to your insurance company and having your insurance revoked – is an extremely serious offence. It is also a reckless disregard for any victims of an accident you might have.

 

Yeah, it was one of the stupidest things you can do... Drunk driving.

I understand that I'd have to tell all this to the insurance company, but am I allowed to drive with an instructor? Haven't driven in 3 years so I'd like to start again, well, sort of.

Thank you for all the replies

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but am I allowed to drive with an instructor?

 

 

You need a UK Provisional Licence to drive with a driving instructor. As advised above the application form for a Provisional Licence asks if you have been disqualified in another country. But the application form doesn't explain what happens if you answer 'Yes'. Speak to DVLA and see what they say. Make sure they understand that you are not asking for your Latvian licence to be exchanged for a UK one - that will definitely be refused - but that you are planning to start as a UK Provisional licence holder and take a UK driving test.

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A valid Latvian licence allows you to drive in the UK by way of a reciprocal agreement and is only valid for a limited period before you have to apply for a UK driving licence. You dont have a Latvian licence so you cant drive in the UK at all. Start from new as suggested above

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A Latvian licence would be valid in the UK - perhaps not after next March, when the UK leaves the EU.

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A Latvian licence would be valid in the UK - perhaps not after next March, when the UK leaves the EU.

 

But not in OP's case as his Latvian licence was suspended when he got banned from driving in Latvia.....

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That is why I said 'would be'. The OP hasn't got one, but others might have, and an EU licence is currently valid in the UK, it is not limited to just a year.

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That is why I said 'would be'.

 

That is why I said 'In OP's case...'. :-)

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