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Spain's DGT : Expats of 2 years must renew driving licence by 19th Jan

Wed 31st Dec 2014
Spain's DGT : Expats of 2 years must renew driving licence by 19th Jan

The Direccion General de Traffico (DGT) has advised that as of January 19th 2015, all Expats who have been resident in Spain since before 19th January 2013 must renew their driving licence.

This is applicable to any driver who has 15 years or more validity for Group 1 permissions (Categories AM; A1; A2; A; B and BE) and for Group 2 permission drivers (Categories BTP; C1; C1E; C; CE; D1: D1E; D and DE).

The measure complies with EU Directive 2006/126 / EC with regards to driver regulations RD 818/2009 of May 8th as part of the European Union's campaign to standardize road safety measures across the region. With regards to the licencing of drivers, there are currently 110 different types of driving licences across the 28 Member block.

The DGT advises that in order to renew, legal residents who hold a driving license obtained in the UK - and who have been resident in Spain for 2 or more years - should arrange an appointment with their local Jefatura Provincial u oficina local de Tráfico.

Once an appointment has been arranged they will need to take the following steps :

* Complete the driving licence renewal application form (Form in Spanish attached > HERE < )

* Proof of identity and Residential status (Passport, NIE and Residencia)

* The Driving Licence itself

* Proof of medical fitness to drive (if required)

* A recent photograph of 32x 26mm (signed and dated on the reverse by a referee).

* The EU23.50 fee.

As with most official procedures in Spain, it is recommended that applicants take both the original documents and photocopies of everything with them to their appointment to allow for any variation in requirements from province to province.

Recommended Reading :

* Countdown to change in UK Driving Licence law

* DGT : Original Article (in Spanish)

Comment on this Story

I have been resident here for 3 years I've only got 2 years left on my uk/eu licence do I still have to get a new one.
Susan Birch - Mon, 19th Jan 2015
Looks like yet another Spanish law I will in breach of on Tuesday morning !
Gideon Palmer - Sat, 17th Jan 2015
Dear Authorities, Please make up your minds and give us Expats a definitive answer one way or another. Kind Regards...
Robster - Mon, 12th Jan 2015
I can't say I blame you Mark. In another week or so another government department will send out another announcements that contradicts this one anyway.
C Shaw - Thu, 1st Jan 2015
I refuse to do it, I have heard horror stories where residents of Spain who change their uk license loose their entitlement to drive certain classes and as usual with all things in Sp?in the authorities refuse to put it right, a friend of mine was made to take his bike test again when he had had a UK bike license for 25 years.
Mark Langton - Thu, 1st Jan 2015

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