UK driving licence exchange in Spain

UK driving licence exchange in Spain
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UK driving licence exchange in Spain. The Brits in Spain Consulate & Embassy Facebook page recognises that many Brits are concerned over the long-term arrangements for exchanging their driving licence in Spain.

At the moment residents with valid UK licences only have until October 31 to use them.

Brits in Spain said: “We recognise that many people are concerned about the long-term arrangements for UK driving licence exchange here in Spain. Negotiations continue between the UK and Spanish governments on this issue. However, under current Spanish law, residents with valid UK licences will only be able to use these to drive in Spain until 31 October 2021.”


It is hoped that an extension to the date will be agreed. Brits in Spain explained: “We are asking the Spanish Government for an extension to the 31st October date and will update you as soon as we know the outcome.

“In the meantime, UK licence holders could, if they wished to, apply for a Spanish licence. This includes taking both a practical and theory test. You can find more information here:

“If you are one of the UK Nationals who successfully registered their intent to exchange their licence by 30 December 2020, as things stand, your UK licence will also become invalid for driving in Spain on 31 October, but you will still be eligible to exchange it for a Spanish one until 31 December 2021 without having to take a practical test. We recommend you arrange to get an appointment to do so as soon as possible.”


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


  1. So, does this mean if you buy a house here in Spain, say tomorrow, and then subsequently, apply for residency and move here permanently, you still cannot exchange your UK licence for a Spanish one?


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