Planning a summer holiday to Europe? Make sure your documents are travel ready.



Holidays to Europe are now looking more likely. Following the Prime Minister’s recent announcement, travelling to the Continent could happen this summer. There’s never been a better time to ensure your documents are travel ready. Read on to discover how Max Spielmann can help you quickly and easily obtain passport photos and driving licence photos.

Passports

Since leaving the European Union on January 1st 2021, the rules for passport validity have changed. Your passport needs to have at least 6 months left before it expires and must be less than 10 years old. It’s worth taking a few minutes to check if your passport is still valid - we recommend using the UK government’s passport checking tool.

If you find you need to apply for a passport or renew an existing one, the first stage of the process is to have your passport photo taken. Don’t worry, it’s easy to do this with Max Spielmann. Simply:

Find and visit a Max Spielmann shop: Our friendly, professional colleagues are on hand to take your passport photo. You’ll receive: a printed passport photo, a digital copy and a photo code that can be used in online passport applications.

Visit a Max Spielmann photo booth- Our high-tech photo booths are equipped with cutting edge imaging equipment to capture ultra-high quality passport photos. Our booths will also give you a print, digital copy and photo code. Click here to find your nearest photo booth.

Whichever method you choose, all of Max Spielmann’s passport photography is hassle-free and fully complies with regulations outlined by the UK Passport Service (UKPS).

Apply and Go

Many of our Max Spielmann shops offer our Apply and Go service. Our friendly colleagues will help you complete your passport application, or renewal, there and then. It only takes 10 minutes. Before you visit, click here to check which documents you need to bring with you to use our Apply and Go service.

Driving Documents

Driving Licence

If you plan on driving while travelling in the EU, you’ll need to take your UK driving licence. It’s worth checking your driving licence is still valid - if not, you could face a fine of up to £1000 if caught driving with an expired licence. It’s so easy to check, simply look at the date in line 4b on the front of your photocard licence.

Don’t have a photocard licence? Or hold a licence issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man? Some European countries may also require you to hold an international driving permit (IDP) alongside your licence.

If it’s time to renew your driving licence, the first step is to get a professional photo taken. It’s easy to do this with Max Spielmann. You can visit our friendly colleagues at your nearest Max Spielmann shop or pop in your nearest Max Spielmann booth. Just like our passport photo service, you’ll receive a printed driving licence photo and a digital driving licence photo which also comes with a digital code our guarantee of standard.

Insurance

Following Brexit, you’ll need to secure a green card from your UK insurer to prove the vehicle you’re driving is ensured. You’ll need to have a physical copy of the green card while travelling because electronic copies aren’t accepted. We recommend you request your green card from your insurer at least 6 weeks prior to your departure. You can print it at home as green cards are no longer required to be printed on green paper. If you’re hiring a vehicle in Europe, you’ll be provided with a green card as proof of insurance.


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