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    Q658: What are the requirements to legally drive a car in the United Kingdom?

    To drive a motor vehicle legally on a road you must:

    • ensure you have a valid licence with valid categories for the vehicle you are driving,
    • have insurance that covers you for the vehicle you are driving,
    • have an MOT (on vehicles over 3 years old),
    • make sure the vehicle is taxed,
    • make sure the vehicle is registered,
    • ensure the vehicle is in roadworthy condition.

    If you come for abroad to take up residency in the UK, you must register and tax your vehicle with the DVLA immediately - UK residents are not allowed to drive foreign registered vehicles on UK roads. With regard to insurance, you must have UK insurance for a UK registered vehicle. Therefore, if you insurer a UK registered vehicle in another country, you have no insurance to drive on UK roads and are committing an offence.

    If you do not have a British licence see Q416 or Q417

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