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Withdrawal, cancellation and suspension of driving licences

  1. Your driving licence is withdrawn in the country of residence

    If the country of normal residence is different from the issuing state, the effects of the sanction are identical. The administrative and criminal laws of the country of residence are fully applicable. The document remains withdrawn (or, respectively, a restriction is recorded on it).

  2. Your driving licence is withdrawn in a state other than the state of residence.

    In this case, the decision of the Member State applies only with effect for its own territory. When the citizen leaves the country which imposed the sanction the authorities are bound to return the document to him. The Convention on Driving Disqualifications of 17 June 1998 aims at avoiding this effect but still remains to be ratified by the Member States.


last update: 03-02-2009