driving in the uk

You can use your Ukrainian driving licence for the first 12 months after you arrive. You’ll then need to exchange it for a British licence.

You will not need to register or tax your vehicle in the UK if all of the following apply:

  • you have arrived in the UK and are coming from Ukraine
  • the vehicle is registered and taxed in its home country
  • you only use the vehicle in the UK for no more than 6 months

When entering the UK, you can drive past a customs control point (usually a green channel marked ‘nothing to declare’) without speaking to a customs officer.

If you become a resident or stay for longer than six months, you must register and tax your vehicle in the UK. It is possible to use foreign number plates in the UK for at least six months.

Useful information can be found on the government website:

Importing vehicles into the UK: Temporary imports – https://www.gov.uk/importing-vehicles-into-the-uk/temporary-imports

Bringing personal items to the UK – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/bringing-personal-items-to-the-uk-as-a-ukrainian-refugee#if-you-arrive-in-a-personal-vehicle