Short extension to validity of the UK Driving Licence

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Updated information from the British Embassy as follows with the earlier article incorrectly quoting older information.

According to the British Embassy in Madrid, the Spanish Government has extended the grace period during which you can drive in the country with a valid UK licence. The new date is the end of February 2022.


The Embassy has said that it is working with the Spanish to achieve a longer term solution and is confident a long-term agreement can be reached that sees Brits being allowed to exchange their licence without taking a test.

The Embassy says “We recognise that the extension is relatively short, and therefore it is important that – if it is imperative for you to drive – you consider all your options, which may include looking into taking a driving test now.”

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The extension only applies to UK Nationals living in Spain with visitors able to continue to using their UK licence to drive in Spain without the need for an International Driving Permit.

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