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Still on your UK license?

Posted: 11 Aug 2014, 12:31
by Indigo Ann-Marie
Over the past few months, we've had quite a few inquiries from expats living in Spain, looking to hire in the UK. The common problem that they all seem to come across, is that they are still driving on their 2 part UK driving license. They all seem to think that it's impossible to hire a car in the UK on their UK driving license as they live over in Spain, but it certainly isn't a problem.

As long as you can, on arrival, present both parts of your UK license, passport, return flight details, a proof of your address in Spain and your payment card, then this will be perfectly acceptable. When you collect, if the branch asks you for your current residence they provide them with your Spanish address, as if you provide them with your UK address, the large majority of suppliers will do an address check, which checks to see if you are registered to the address you say you are. If you have an address in Spain, then of course you're probably not going to pass this.

But still, being on your UK license still is not a problem, just ask ourselves!

Re: Still on your UK license?

Posted: 11 Aug 2014, 12:39
by Matt Carter
Yes I have come across his myself on a number of occasions... just need to keep on providing people with clear and concise information so they are re-assured that things will run smoothly :-)

Re: Still on your UK license?

Posted: 11 Oct 2014, 07:18
by Matt Carter
Not directly related to the whole surrendering of your UK license, however an interesting question that pops up from time to time, it is difficult to find companies that will accept a Chinese driver license, but for sure it can be done, the question and the best answer at that time is laid out below.

Q) Hi,I would like to hire a car using a Chinese driving licence is this possible? I do have a uk driving licence unfortunately the photo card portion expired in 2012 though I believe the green paper portion is still valid.

A)Thanks for the below and I hope that we can help you.

Can you please confirm where it is you require the vehicle from please as for sure we can provide a vehicle based on you having a Chinese drivers license, but there are only certain locations that this can be done from, fingers crossed you are local to one of them :-)

Can I also ask are you are UK resident or are you visiting the UK, perhaps not the latter based on you having a UK drivers license, but if you could please clarify for me and also the fact that you are over the age of 25 and have been driving for more than 2 years?

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