The Community model driving licence
No, the old national driving licences remain valid until the period of validity expires. However, it is compulsory to exchange the driving licence before the expiry of the validity period. It is also possible to exchange it earlier by making a specific request. You will then be issued with a new Community model licence with categories corresponding to those which were recorded on the old model.
There are no changes either with regard to your rights, or with regard to mutual recognition. However, holding a new Community model licence will facilitate the recognition of your rights and proceedings with administrative bodies in your country of residence.
This question falls within the national competence of the Member States. However, when travelling to another country it is strongly recommended to have it with you since this is compulsory in the majority of Member States.
Even if national categories
appear on the driving licence, they are not harmonised yet by
Community law. They must not be confused with the harmonised
optional sub-categories (A1, B1, C1, C1+E, D1 and D1+E) which
are mutually recognised in the event of change of country of
Member States may choose between the plastic card model and the paper model. Citizens wishing to exchange their driving licence cannot choose between the two Community models. They will be given the model chosen by their Member State of residence.
|last update: 03-02-2009|