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Changing driving licences

Postby schwartzy » Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:47 pm

Hi, we have just got our five year residency cards. From doing some research it seems that we now have a year to change our British driving licences to Bulgarian ones. Has anyone done this recently and if so how easy was it? The bit about getting evidence that you completed your schooling seems a bit of a faff! (we both left school 40 years ago). Any information would be useful. Thanks.

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Re: Changing driving licences

Postby truckyboy » Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:28 pm

been there and done it, am now on a permanent residency, never thought about changing my driving licence though, still use my GB one, but search online and i am sure you will find the answer as to where and how you can do it.

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Postby oldtimer » Wed Jan 27, 2021 6:34 pm

You will need to go to your KAT office, you will need to have a medical and the doctor give you a form that you have to hand in with your completed form to KAT, you will need copies of your driving licence, your residency card and your passport. You will be given a date to come back for your licence, when you collect your licence you will then have to hand over your UK one. Simple

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Postby schwartzy » Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:20 pm

I've been reading up on it on a few forums and as we are now non EU it seems that we have to change our licences for BG ones before the end of this year or take a new driving test (in Bulgarian of course). The evidence of completing school is a thing specifically for non EU nationals (thanks Brexshit...). I need to investigate further as I left school 40 years ago! From what I've been reading, the KAT offices in some places seem to accept GCSE/O level certificates, but others want an officially translated bit of paper from your old school to confirm that you attended. I'll update if i find out more.

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Postby schwartzy » Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:08 pm

oldtimer wrote:You will need to go to your KAT office, you will need to have a medical and the doctor give you a form that you have to hand in with your completed form to KAT, you will need copies of your driving licence, your residency card and your passport. You will be given a date to come back for your licence, when you collect your licence you will then have to hand over your UK one. Simple

This is the procedure for EU citizens, which we sadly aren't now!

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Postby MIK_bg » Mon Mar 01, 2021 4:24 am

Place you go, different rules. As you may have experienced before even with strict government burocracy, every region or municipality often tailor their requirements on whatever fits them better and there is not much to argue. Beside a certificate for attending a second grade education was eliminated for EU citizens back in the days (10+ years ago) you can still find them in the requirements list on information boards in local KAT. Especially in my region with lot of Turkish population acquiring documents...all foreigners are treated as non EU in many cases. Go figure.

So while is important to get your info from other expats...only your local office can answer correctly.

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Re: Changing driving licences

Postby schwartzy » Sun Mar 07, 2021 7:11 pm

Think I might ask a Bulgarian friend to phone the local office! (my Bulgarian is ok but hard to speak on the phone)

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Re: Changing driving licences

Postby oldtimer » Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:21 am

As pointed out the info that I posted was how it worked before we left the EU, although in January it had not come to light what they were now asking for. I do know a couple of people who have changed there licence but have had to use a solicitor as they did not have the school documents. I suppose this does bring up the situation that things can be done but at an added cost.

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Re: Changing driving licences

Postby truckyboy » Tue May 04, 2021 4:45 pm

I would assume that if you live in BG on a permanent basis, then you would have to apply for a BG driving licence, I don't live there full time, but drive over for 3 months at a time, so my English licence will suffice..am driving over end of June ( rules permitting ) and coming back in September, as I did last year with no issues..in fact a licence was never asked for, although I had to give a back hander for not putting my lights on when leaving my hotel..ha ha ..not forgetting I filled up with petrol by mistake in Germany on the way back ( silly old fool ) was recovered to a merc garage ( covered by my breakdown insurance ) but it cost me 1000 euros to clean the system out ( and they re-filled it with diesel + 1 night in a hotel.
Just renewed my breakdown cover, sent off for a green card too so am ready for my 2021 trip.


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