okayokok 1 | 15 9 Oct 2010 #1Have just signed up here to say hello and to confer about UK ex-pat Driving License Woes, which is why I am posting here rather than my country-specific section.Am British and emigrated to Poland two years ago. I have a UK photographic driving license, which expired 6 months ago pending photo renewal. Because I live in the city centre in Poland I don't own a car, and haven't driven for that period of 6 months while my license was invalid. But I tend to rent a car when I go on holiday, so I want to have a valid license and am now getting round to doing the renewal. But now all hell has broken loose! I'm in an admin trap that many expats must be facing.I think (correct me if I'm wrong) that the law is that we should have a new driving license issued by Poland. So really I should be converting my UK license into a Polish one. But the Polish authority need a valid license to do the conversion. So they need me to renew my UK license first. But now that I have checked, the UK DVLA don't renew licenses for expats, only UK residents, and on their renewal form it threatens a £1000 fine and/or 2 years imprisonment to anyone falsely stating their residency status.I happen to have passed my test first time, and have never had a black spot, an accident nor any kind of speeding fine.So I have thought up a few possible options:1. Retake my driving test in Poland, which would be a complete and utter nightmare.2. Apply to renew my UK license, and lie on the form that I am a UK resident, hoping they won't cross-reference the info with the Inland Revenue and then throw me in jail.3. Apply for driving license conversion in Poland, hoping they won't notice my UK license has expired.4. Go to Ukraine or Russia and buy a fake Polish driving license on the black market.5. Apply to renew my UK license, say on the form that I have just returned to the UK and that I am a UK resident since last week, with the inference that I have yet to get round to making it official with the UK Inland Revenue. Then, once I get the license, simply never declare UK residency because I "unexpectedly had to return to Poland", convert to the Polish license, and throw the UK license away. This is a sort of white-lie version of Point (2).6. Write to the Polish and British authorities asking them what alternatives I have other than retaking my driving test in Poland.7. Something that this forum advises.