I've also just used that interactive tool on the DVLA website, filled in the bits that applied to me (driving Lorry, minibus and or bus, EEC/AC licence, and resident in UK) and the result states :
•you can drive in Great Britain (GB) on your full, valid EC/EEA, driving licence until age 45, or for five years after becoming resident whichever is the longer period.
•you do not need to exchange your licence before the above requirements are met, but you must register your details with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) within 12 months of becoming resident.
Ok, so i've done that. I filled in that D9 form from the DVLA website (to register my details and apply for the counterpart as a EC/EEA licence holder) and send it off with my original Dutch licence, and i just got it back today.
And now i am confused.
In Holland we don't do provisional licence's, when you're 18 and passed your theory test you apply for your practical test, and once you pass that you get your driving licence, simple.
I've got my B (car) and C (lorry, upto 7.5) tonn on my dutch licence which looks something like this :this is just a random internet pic, not mine. I've got C entitlement on mine
The date in the middle colomn is when you got your entitlement, and the date on the last (right) page is untill when it's valid.
When you get a new entitlement your "B" gets automatically renewed, so when i went for my "C" in 2006 my licence (with B and C) became valid untill 13-07-2016.
So i've received that A4 style "counterpart driving licence for EC/EEA full licence holders", which i've scanned in and can be seen here :http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/7069/licenceu.jpg
- However, it doesn't mention my B or C entitlement ?
- It states something about provisional A and Be ?
- In the box on the right is states "exchange to UK licence due by 13-07-2016" eventhough the other bit of the website (see first post) states i don't untill the age of 70 (car) or 40 (lorry) ?
- on the bottom it says "sign in the white box" and then underneath "send this form with your EC/EEA licence to POL 7, DVLA etc" ?
So if they want me to sign it and send it off again with my original licence again, isn't this the actual counterpart form then ?
Or if it is the correct form, why is there no mention of my C entitlement then ?