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Changing your UK Driving Licence to a Spanish Licence

Changing your UK Driving Licence to a Spanish Licence

Changing your UK Driving Licence to a Spanish Licence - This can be a complex subject to work through.  We recommend you contact PMR Spain for Assistance

27th October Important Updates - valid UK licences will continue to be recognised for driving in Spain until 31st December 2021

Negotiations continue with the Spanish government about the long-term arrangements for UK driving licence exchange. Meanwhile, yesterday the Spanish government announced that valid UK licences will continue to be recognised for driving in Spain until 31st December 2021.

If you want to take action now, you could, if you wished, apply for a Spanish licence. This includes taking both a practical and theory test. You can find more information here: https://sede.dgt.gob.es/.../permiso-conducir/index.shtml. We are aware that there are currently waiting lists to get a test appointment in some areas.

Independent of the ongoing negotiations, UK Nationals who successfully registered their intent to exchange their licence before 30at December 2020, will be able to exchange it for a Spanish one without having to take a practical test up until 31st December 2021. We know that some people who tried to register their intent have subsequently found out that they were unsuccessful in doing so. If this is your situation and you are unclear as to why, you should contact the DGT directly to discuss further. https://www.dgt.es/es/contacto.shtml.

If you moved to Spain after 1st January 2021, your UK licence is valid for six months from the date of your TIE or until 31st December, whichever is later.

If you are visiting Spain as a tourist, please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/driving-in-the-eu for information on anything you may need to do to drive here.

Changing your UK Driving Licence to a Spanish Licence 

23rd June Important Updates *Validity of UK driving licences extended to 31 October 2021*

We know that many of you have been anxious that the recognition of UK driving licences was set to end on 30 June. We are pleased that the Spanish Government yesterday announced that UK licences will continue to be recognised until 31 October 2021 for those of of you who were resident in Spain before 31 December 2020 – even if you did not get your residency document until after the end of the Transition Period. This extension applies whether you registered your intention to exchange your licence with the DGT before 30 December 2020 or not. You can see the Spanish Government’s announcement here: http://www.exteriores.gob.es/.../20210622_NOTA140.aspx.... Please note that if you arrived after 1st January, your licence will only remain valid for six months from your arrival in Spain.

If you need help with this process contact PMR

This does not affect the current arrangements for driving licence exchange. If you did not register to exchange your licence with the DGT before 30th December 2020 and wish to exchange your UK driving licence now, you would need to follow the DGT process for non-EU nationals, which includes taking a driving test. However, negotiations are underway between the UK and Spanish Governments on arrangements for the future exchange of UK driving licences without the need for a practical test. As soon as we have further information on this we will share it here

Driving in the UK with a Spanish Licence

You can use your Spanish licence in the UK for short visits, or exchange it for a UK licence without taking a test.

Appointments 

If you submitted the request for the redemption, replacement or extraordinary renewal of a British driving licence before 31st December 2020 you have the possibility to redeem your permit under the same conditions prior to BREXIT.

In person, in the Headquarters or Traffic Office where you will submit the prior request for extraordinary redemption:

You will be able to make your appointment 3 business days after submitting your application and during the first 6 months of 2021 if we have not communicated any anomalies to you.

The appointment must be requested at the Headquarters or Traffic Office where you made the request for redemptions with 'Type of procedure': 'Office procedures' and then in 'Area' the area of your head office referring to drivers.

On the day of your appointment you must go to our offices in person and provide all the requested documentation and a pre-check will be made that the request was made in a timely way.

Step 1

Submit your application to exchange to the DGT (Spanish Traffic Authority) before 30 December. You can do this:

electronically via the DGT’s online portal (if you have a digital signature ‘firma digital’ or

by using the Cl@ve app or

by calling 060

In some provinces, you may be able to submit your application in person at your local office. Check with your local office before you go.

Check you have requested the correct exchange option on the application form:

if your licence has expired, or is due to expire in the next few months, you should choose ‘renovación’

if you have lost your licence, or it has been stolen, you should choose ‘sustitución’

for all other requests, choose ‘canje’

Changing your UK Driving Licence to a Spanish Licence 

Step 2

three days after you submit your application, request an appointment, using the DGT’s website, to complete the final exchange

if you submitted your application before 30 December, and the DGT has verified your licence by the end of 2020, your DGT appointment to exchange your licence can be after 1 January 2021. It must, however, be before 30 June 2021

you will have to give your UK licence to the Spanish Traffic Authority at your appointment. They will provide a temporary driving permit (‘autorización temporal para conducir’) to use until your Spanish licence is processed. This document is only valid in Spain and not in any other country

You can exchange your driving licence in a different province to the one you live in. You can also instruct a representative (such as a registered ‘gestor’) to complete the process for you.

If you live in Spain but are not yet registered as a resident, you may be able to submit your application to exchange if you have a foreigners’ identity number (NIE). However, you must have a Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (TIE) when you attend your appointment to complete the licence exchange.

Whether your UK licence has been verified for exchange by the end of 2020 or not, you will be able to drive in Spain using your UK licence until 30 June 2021.

Read full information on the special measures for UK licence holders on the Spanish Traffic Authority website (use the option in the top-right hand corner to translate pages to English). Future rules on exchange and recognition of UK licences are not yet agreed.

Driving in the UK with a Spanish licence

Until 31 December 2020, you can still use your Spanish licence in the UK for short visits or exchange it for a UK licence without taking a test.

These rules may change from 1 January 2021. We will update this page once more information is available.

Lost, stolen or expired UK licences

If you live in Spain, you will not be able to renew your driving licence in the UK. If your UK licence is lost, stolen or expired, you will need to apply to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for a ‘certificate of entitlement’ to be able to apply for a Spanish driving licence.

As long as your application has been submitted before 30 December, and the UK authorities have verified your licence by the end of the year, your appointment to exchange your licence can be after 1 January 2021, provided it is within the first 6 months of next year. Please note that you will need a residency certificate/TIE to do final exchange, so if you are in the process of applying for residency you may want to choose a later date for your appointment.

Irrespective of whether a UK licence has been verified for exchange by the end of the year, you will be able to drive in Spain using your UK licence for 6 months from 1 January 2021. The future rules on exchange and recognition of UK licences are still subject to negotiation.

Good News! There appears to be a new web page set up today on the DGT for the exchange of your UK driving licence for a Spanish one. i.e. specifically for post Brexit compliance.

FIND THIS LINK HERE

Changing your UK Driving Licence to a Spanish Licence  - Paperwork required

An official application form which can be downloaded from the Traffic Department and is on the website of the DGT - link above
Proof of identity (passport)
Residencia/TIE (and copy)
Padron (proof of your address from the town hall) renewed within
the last three months
Driving Licence card and counterpart
A recent photograph 32mm x 26mm
Payment of 23.50€

Booking the medical 

We would advice you book your appointment 1st before getting your medical as this is only valid for 3 months.

Imed Levante Hospital this is the cheapest place to go in the area. call into the hospital and speak to the reception staff (most speak English).  Appointments are made between the hours of 11am - 2pm and 6pm and 8pm the current cost (August 2018) is 43.70€.  It may be possible to get an appointment for the same day.

When you return for your appointment 1st go to the reception desk and they will check you in and take payment you will then be directed to level -2 (lift right opposite the reception desk), when you get out of the lift turn left and follow the corridor to a door marked "Reconocimiento Medico" and wait to be called, make sure you have your residencia and passport with you.

Europa clinic Benidorm - Fees are 48€ if you wish your new licence to just be for car and bike and 53€ to include everything on your existing licence.  There is no need to make an appointment just turn up and wait to be seen, take with you your, residency and current driving licence.  Here you will only be expected to take one test for your reaction times.

The medical examination

The first thing they will do is take your photo, you will then be asked a few standard questions about your medical and psychological health, and details from your residencia taken, you will then be asked to sign an electronic key pad. When answering these questions be honest if you wear hearing aids say so and if you have a pacemaker make sure you mention this.  If you do not and a licence is granted and you have an accident you will not be covered by your insurance and may lose your licence.

Test 1 - Eye site, both eyes will be tested individually and then together, this is a simple test and just requires you reading back a few registration numbers.

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you’re tested with these and your licence with be marked to indicate this (remember, you must carry a spare pair when driving).

Test 2 - Hearing test, you will be placed in a sound proof booth and asked to press a button when hearing a sound.

Test 3 - You will be sat in front of a screen this part is in 2 tests  in some areas, if you are lucky it is just the one test, this is to check reaction times etc, the first test is quite simple you will be asked to follow a red ball along a blue line, this then goes into a blank space you have to press the button when you think the ball will have left the blank space.

The 2nd part of this test is much harder, you will see two red wavy lines with a white ball, these red lines will move and you have to keep the white ball in-between the red lines, go outside these lines and the machine will beep, dont be alarmed, we had quite a few beeps and still passed. the only way to describe this test is imagine playing the old fashioned pac man video game but playing 2 games at once.

If you wear hearing aids it will be mentioned on your licence that you MUST wear these when driving, if you have a pacemaker the time of you new licence will be reduced and you will have to go back and renew it more regularly for example a regular licence for 5 years will be reduced to 3.

The medical certificate is valid for 90 days, to enable you to make your application for a licence (or a renewal).

Where to go

Calle Catedratico Ferre Vidiella, 4, 03005 Alicante

You will find blue zone parking on the streets in this area.

Upon arrival of the DGT office

As you walk in the door there will be a security guard on the front desk who will point you in the direction of a ticket machine, enter your NIE number into the machine and take the ticket, then wait for your number to be called and go to the appropriate desk.

Payment is made by card.

You will then be given a temporary licence which will permit you to drive until your new licence is delivered, this is valid for 3 months, but some licences are taking longer than this to be processed, be patient

Renewal

A full Spanish driving licence is valid for 10 years between the ages of 18 and 45; between the ages of 45 and 70 it remains 5 years; and beyond 70 years old the validity period remains 2 years. (this may be changed for medical reasons as stated above)

You 'should' receive a letter advising you of the need for renewal as long as your address details are current, but do not rely on this being sent.

To renew your Spanish driving licence you will need to present all your documents at your nearest ‘Jefatura de Trafico’ at least 3 months before the old licence expires, including a new ‘solicitud’ (download as before), your old licence, your residencia, NIE and ‘empadromiento’ (proof of address from town hall) three photographs, and a Certificate of Aptitude from an Authorised Drivers Check Centre (Centro de Reconocimiento de Conductores Autorizado) in your province. (medical as above).

To Check the progress of your Driving Licence applications use this webpage, entering your nie number and date of birth.

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The DGT says that my husband's license was sent out to correos on 23/03 but we still haven't received it. How can we find out if it's been lost or what's happened to it?

Claudia
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Have you called into your local correos, if its not there all you can do is contact the DGT for advice.

Tracy Ann
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Hi, when trying to book an appointment online for the DGT office in Alicante to exchange driving license for weeks now it has just said no appointments available and to try again in a few days. Is this normal and it’s just a case of keeping on...

Hi, when trying to book an appointment online for the DGT office in Alicante to exchange driving license for weeks now it has just said no appointments available and to try again in a few days. Is this normal and it’s just a case of keeping on trying?

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Laura HF
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Unfortunately that is quite normal, try doing it either late at night or early in the morning or contact one of our recommended companies to help you get an appointment.

Tracy Ann
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a good piece of writing, keep it up.

Raymundo
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I have changed my Uk to Spanish license but it appears that most of the category codes have been omitted from the Spanish version - so I can’t drive other vehicles that I could in Uk. Anyone else had similar issue?

Mike horseman
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When you have the medical you are normally asked which categories you wish to be included, some places will charge more for the additional ones to be added. For example at clinica europa the standard fee was 48 and for all categories it was 53€

Tracy Ann
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I have a UK provisional driving license and have moved to Spain recently, wondering if this can be exchanged here.

Any luck?

gomzi
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Contact PMR for advice as to our knowledge UK Provisional Licences are not valid for use in Spain. https://www.benidormseriously.com/business-listing/cowels-hollingworth?categoryType=1 PMR https://www.benidormseriously.com/business-listing/pmr

Tracy Ann
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Hi,
I cannot seem to find any advice on the following situation ... my wife is Spanish and we have a flat here but I also live in the UK as my businesses are there. I spend approx 7 months of the year in the UK and 5 months in Spain although that...

Hi,
I cannot seem to find any advice on the following situation ... my wife is Spanish and we have a flat here but I also live in the UK as my businesses are there. I spend approx 7 months of the year in the UK and 5 months in Spain although that could change to 7 months in Spain and 5 months in the UK. What do I with regards to driving licence so that I can drive in both countries. My stays are not consecutive e.g. 2 weeks in UK, 2 weeks in Spain then 3 weeks in UK, 1 week in Spain etc. etc. ?

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Stephen Adams
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Hi Stephen, you dont state if you have Spanish Residency or not? If you do then you are legally required to change your licence to a Spanish one. There is no problem using a Spanish licence back in the UK and you can easily swap it back when need...

Hi Stephen, you dont state if you have Spanish Residency or not? If you do then you are legally required to change your licence to a Spanish one. There is no problem using a Spanish licence back in the UK and you can easily swap it back when need be ie moving back on a permanent basis. Also worth remembering the new Schengen rules if you are not a resident here ie you can only stay for 90 days in any 180. You will find a Schengen visa calculator here https://www.benidormseriously.com/schengen-visa-calculator

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Tracy Ann
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Hi,I failed to book appointment with DGT now the the dadate was ended I called to DGT they told me wait for new upcomings of Brexit between countries have any way to exchange UK driving licence to Spanish one now there are many people's who could...

Hi,I failed to book appointment with DGT now the the dadate was ended I called to DGT they told me wait for new upcomings of Brexit between countries have any way to exchange UK driving licence to Spanish one now there are many people's who could not approached to appointment so what we have to day

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Aftab
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You will find a link on the page above "how to get an appointment and the documentation you must provide" That will provided more information for you. If you have problems contact the experts.<br /><br />https://www.benidormseriously.com/business-...

You will find a link on the page above "how to get an appointment and the documentation you must provide" That will provided more information for you. If you have problems contact the experts.<br /><br />https://www.benidormseriously.com/business-listing?limit=10&;limitstart=0&task=searchCompaniesByName&option=com_jbusinessdirectory&controller=search&view=search&categoryId=10089&radius=100&form_submited=1&orderBy=packageOrder+desc

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Tracy Ann
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Awesome blog, thanks for all the information! I need to convert my license, but I only have the NIE and hope to be on the Padron next week. But I have no residencia(the green card) or the TIE card. I am in the process of getting the TIE, but will...

Awesome blog, thanks for all the information! I need to convert my license, but I only have the NIE and hope to be on the Padron next week. But I have no residencia(the green card) or the TIE card. I am in the process of getting the TIE, but will probably not receive the card until after the deadline of 30th December 2020. Is there a way around this?

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Lewis
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Hi Lewis, our advice would be to contact the experts, ie the people that deal with problems such as yours on a daily basis, https://www.benidormseriously.com/business-listing?limit=10&;limitstart=0&task=searchCompaniesByName&option=com_jbusines...

Hi Lewis, our advice would be to contact the experts, ie the people that deal with problems such as yours on a daily basis, https://www.benidormseriously.com/business-listing?limit=10&;limitstart=0&task=searchCompaniesByName&option=com_jbusinessdirectory&controller=search&view=search&categoryId=10089&radius=100&form_submited=1&orderBy=packageOrder+desc They may be able to make an appointment for you on the basis of you being in the system for your TIE card, or at least get you in the system for the driving licence exchange which is quite a timely process. Hope you get everything sorted out, let us know.

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Tracy Ann
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This article is excellent thanks. When will you publish and update on how we can access the new form to apply to DGT as we cannot get an appointment easily at all.

Thanks

Helen

helen marshall
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Hi Helen all links are on the page above, if you are having difficulty getting an appointment use a company to get one for you as they have appointments available as they do this work all day every day. Contact the experts. https://www.benidormser...

Hi Helen all links are on the page above, if you are having difficulty getting an appointment use a company to get one for you as they have appointments available as they do this work all day every day. Contact the experts. https://www.benidormseriously.com/business-listing?limit=10&;limitstart=0&task=searchCompaniesByName&option=com_jbusinessdirectory&controller=search&view=search&categoryId=10089&radius=100&form_submited=1&orderBy=packageOrder+desc

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Tracy Ann
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Any update yet on the process/form to be completed BEFORE 25 December? I can't find any information anywhere and we're quickly running out of time. Still absolutely impossible to get in touch with dgt either by phobe or through the web.

Rachael
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as time as you say is running out and appointments difficult to get contact a professional as they have appointments available try talking to The Experts. https://www.benidormseriously.com/business-listing?limit=10&;limitstart=0&task=searchComp...

as time as you say is running out and appointments difficult to get contact a professional as they have appointments available try talking to The Experts. https://www.benidormseriously.com/business-listing?limit=10&;limitstart=0&task=searchCompaniesByName&option=com_jbusinessdirectory&controller=search&view=search&categoryId=10089&radius=100&form_submited=1&orderBy=packageOrder+desc <br /> they will do the whole process for you without you even going to Alicante. <br />The only other thing you will need to organise is your medical but they will tell you when to get that done

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