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British Driving licence confiscation in Poland

Albert65 1 | 1
20 Apr 2017 #1
Hi Guys,

I was wondering is someone can advise me? I have just had my driving licence confiscated for me for speeding. My fault i was on a duel carriageway and wasn't paying attention to the speed limits and i was doing 100kph in a 50kph zone. The penalty for this was a 400PLN fine and my driving licence removed. The whole thing was a bit confusing as the police did not speak English and i don't speak Polish. I did however understand that they will send my licence to my home address in the UK. Can anyone tell me if this is the case or have i misunderstood? Or do i need to pick it up from police station somewhere? Also if it gets sent to my home address can anyone tell me how long this takes normally?

delphiandomine 88 | 18,446
20 Apr 2017 #2
Or do i need to pick it up from police station somewhere?

As I understand it, they should pass the licence to the embassy, who will then pass it back to ether you or the DVLA. You only have a driving ban in Poland, not elsewhere in the EU, so you should be able to simply retrieve your licence somehow.

I'd contact the British Embassy in Warsaw and ask them how it's dealt with. Either way, you can simply apply for a new licence from the DVLA - just don't drive in Poland until your ban is up.
istannbullu34 1 | 105
20 Apr 2017 #3
Without being sure, my knowledge is that they are sending it back to embassy/consulate or whatever informing them the license is confiscated due to speeding - and what I heard was that (depending on the country I believe) you might have to get the theory and practical exam back in UK once more. However, I am not sure, some Polish friends were saying that some years ago. I would call the consulate in Warsaw, for sure they will know how it works.

Edit: just saw your message delphiandomine, sorry for spamming
OP Albert65 1 | 1
21 Apr 2017 #4
delphiandomine / intannbullu34 ,

Thank you for the quick response. I have taken your advice and contacted the DVLA. They are going to send out a new licence at a cost of £20.

As driving is part of my job, I'm being moved to another job in Germany so there won't be a chance of me driving in Poland in the next 3 months.

Thanks Again


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