The whole question of whether to change a UK licence for a Greek one is still an open question. I drove for eight years in Greece, without any problems, on my UK licence, which had my old address in the UK still on it even though I had sold the house. This was the old style paper licence. I then hit a problem when I visited the UK and had a hire car. The hire car company informed me that it was illegal to drive on a licence showing an address where you no longer live. This, together with a certain amount of earache from “She who must be obeyed” prompted me to exchange it for a Greek licence. Since then, other people have posted that the DVLA are quite happy for you to change your address to that of a friend or relative in the UK and continue indefinitely with the UK licence. More recently I received a PM saying that the DVLA were not accepting accommodation addresses. The following two conditions are copied directly from the DVLA web site http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/Mo ... /DG_066944
You can change the address on your current British driving licence online if you:
· are a resident of Great Britain
· can provide addresses of where you have lived over the last three years
I leave it to you to decide if you should change or not. If you do decide to change, it is not particularly difficult. You will need the following:
1. A residence permit that has been issued at least 95 days prior to submitting the application. It is the date of issue of the permit that is important not when you entered the country. I am not sure what will happen about this now that they have changed from a five year renewable Residence Permit to a one-off Residence Certificate.
2. Application form M15 duly completed. This form can be obtained from the local office of Υπηρεσία Μεταφορών & Επικοινωνιών. The address of this can be found in the phone book as a sub heading Διευθυνση Μεταφορών & Επικοινωνιών under the main heading Υπηρεσίες Δημοσιες.
3. A declaration made under Greek law N. 1599/86. This declaration is also done on a standard form that you should obtain with form M15 or you can get them from stationers. It is a very common form that is often used to make legal declarations in Greece. I think KEP have them as well. The declaration must state your address and tax number, that you have not made any other application to another office of Υπηρεσία Μεταφορών & Επικοινωνιών and that your UK licence is still valid. The declaration will need to be in Greek. When I actually submitted all the documents I had to add a statement to this form certifying that I had lived in Greece continuously for the last 95 days. You should sign this, and the M15 form, in front of the person at the licensing office, not before you get there.
4. A photocopy of your passport.
5. An official translation of your English driving licence. “Official” means it must be stamped by a solicitor who is authorised to certify translations. Depending on your relationship with the solicitor he/she might accept a translation made by anyone or they might insist on a translation made by an official translation service. The EU web site says you don’t need this but the Greek M15 form says you do. I am not sure if you will still need this if you have the new style EU driving licence. If you have an old paper licence I can let you have my translation so you would only need to change your personal details
6. Your original UK licence that they will keep. It might be worth making some photocopies of this first.
7. Two passport sized photographs of yourself.
8. You have to pay the fee at the Tax Office and obtain a receipt that you have paid it to take to the licence issuing office. The fee depends on how many categories you want to include on the Greek licence. In the end I had to pay 36 Euro to the tax office, 17 Euro for Category A and 19 Euro for category B. I also had Categories C1 and D1 on my UK licence but I lost these, as they do not exist in Greece. I also had to pay 3 Euro in cash with the application. These fees may have gone up a little. Both the motorbike category, A, and the car category, B. are on the same licence.
I did not have a Residence Permit when I started this process so I had to wait the 95 days for my newly acquired residence permit to mature to the required vintage, even though the permit showed that I had entered Greece back in 1997. When I took all the paperwork into the office on a Tuesday I got my Greek licence on the Friday.
With a Greek licence you need to renew it, with a medical certificate, when you are 65. I think in the UK it is 70. This raises an interesting question. Suppose you keep your UK licence until you are 70 and then discover that you cannot renew it in the UK, will it be possible to exchange it for a Greek one at that time even though you are over 65. I’m not saying you can’t, I simply don’t know. I don’t care since it doesn’t affect me but if you are thinking of doing this it might be worth finding out.