Latest On Uk Driving Licence In Spain?

Latest On Uk Driving Licence In Spain
The British authorities are negotiating with Spanish officials on the recognition of United Kingdom-issued driving licenses so that UK nationals holding such licenses can again drive in the UK without the need for a practical test to obtain a Spanish license.

According to a statement of Minister Karl McCartney, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, the British Embassy in Spain and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, together with the Department for Transport, have been negotiating with the Spanish authorities regarding the exchange of the UK driving licenses.

” Our aim is to secure a deal that allows UK licence holders resident in Spain to exchange their licence for a Spanish one without the need for a practical test, so they can return to the roads as soon as possible ,” the statement reads. The Minister also claims that the UK Government has engaged in these negotiations, pointing out that Spanish drivers in the UK have encountered no limitations nor inconvenience in their ability to drive, in spite of Spain’s move to limit the use of UK-issued driving licenses.

Since May 1, 2022, British citizens residing in Spain are no longer permitted to drive with their UK driving licenses due to Brexit. While the UK was part of the European Union, British drivers could drive throughout the whole bloc, as all Member States recognized their driving licenses.

However, due to Brexit, several other EU countries, including here Spain, no longer recognize the British licenses. In a statement published on the official Facebook page of the British embassy in Spain, called ” Brits in Spain “, Minister McCartney claims that the UK has reached arrangements for the recognition of British licenses with 24 other EU Member States already, but negotiations with Spain have been a bit more complicated.

  • Minister McCartney claims that Spain has been requiring additional elements which no one else has asked for in relation to driving license exchange arrangements;
  • ” We understand that some UK Nationals are currently unable to drive whilst we are negotiating with the Spanish;

To those affected, we would reiterate that we understand your frustration, and we are aware of the severe impact on your everyday lives ,” the Minister says, assuring these drivers that they are doing everything possible to resolve this problem. In the last week of July, British and Spanish officials have continued intensive talks, which have resulted in a productive meeting held on July 29.

While there remains some outstanding work to be done to agree on the annexes of the agreement between both countries, the UK authorities explain that once the agreement is finalized, the same will be published in the Spanish gazette.

From that day on, British citizens living in Spain will have a period of six months to exchange their British driving license with one issued by the authorities of Spain without having to take a test. Those whose driving licenses have recently expired will also be eligible to exchange them for a Spanish one.

What is happening with UK driving licence in Spain?

ONE of the biggest issues currently facing British expats resident in Spain or those hoping to relocate here is the failure between the UK and Spain to come to a bilateral agreement over driving licence recognition for British residents in Spain who still have UK issued licences.

  1. The Olive Press has been highlighting the issue affecting our readers across Spain and is determined to highlight their experiences in the hope of adding pressure on the authorities to make it a priority to resolve the problem;

There is still no news just a week to go until the end of July, the date the British Ambassador had assured Brits that they would be back on the road in an update given in June. Here we attempt to explain in depth what the situation is, how we got here and how people are affected.

  1. Who can and can’t drive in Spain? Spain has a law that requires those foreign citizens who live here permanently to swap their driving licence for a Spanish-issued one within six months of being resident;

This rule has been in place for decades although many Brits living here didn’t follow the law and never swapped their licences despite being legally required to do so. Swapping is theoretically a relatively easy process for those with an EU-issued driving licence, and this was the case for Brits living in Spain until Brexit changed everything.

The process involves making a cita previa at the local DGT office, turning up with a valid licence, a filled-in form, a residency document, and a passport. Applicants were also required to present a certificate to show that the driver has passed a very simple medical check carried out at authorised testing centres that checked eye-sight and reflexes.

Plus a receipt of payment for the application made at an approved bank is required. The application was submitted with a check made by the DGT together with the issuing authorities in the country where the licence was issued – which for Brits was the DVLA. Latest On Uk Driving Licence In Spain The DVLA is the is the organisation responsible for maintaining a database of drivers for the UK. Photo: Flickr. If the check came back clear, then a Spanish driving licence was either ready for collection or mailed out anytime between three weeks and three months from the original appointment. This is still the process for swapping a driving licence for those who come from a country within the EU zone.

  1. Unfortunately this is no longer the process for Brits living in Spain since the UK left the European Union as a result of the Brexit referendum;
  2. However Brits are, like every other foreign resident, still required by law to have a Spanish licence if they wish to drive legally after six months of being resident in Spain;

Those visiting Spain from the UK, or anywhere outside the EU zone, are allowed to drive a car in Spain for a period up to six months so this rule does not affect holidaymakers and only applies to those with residency in Spain. What happened with Brexit? As mentioned above, everything changed for Brits with the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

The UK officially left the European Union on January 31 2020, but that didn’t mean things changed overnight. A Withdrawal Agreement was struck between the UK and member states which established a transition period that ran until December 31 2020.

It was also agreed that any Brit who was resident in an EU country before this date would be able to enjoy the same rights they had to live and work in their adopted EU country. In Spain that meant that those who were resident here before December 31 2020 would still be able to swap their driving licences using the old process. Latest On Uk Driving Licence In Spain The ramifications on driving in the EU post Brexit were little discussed in the lead up to the referendum. Photo: Pixabay However, because of conditions caused by Covid  – which saw DGT offices closed for months during the pandemic –  combined with a last minute rush as thousands of Brits tried to regularise their situation – it became impossible for many people to complete the process before the deadline.

Therefore Spain came up with an interim plan. Those who lived in Spain before the Brexit deadline and had their rights covered under the withdrawal agreement had to register their intent to change their driving licence before December 30.

They could do this by phoning a dedicated phone line and giving their information. Spain said this was to allow those who registered intent before the deadline to be given a six month grace period to secure the appointment and make the change before June 30 2021.

Because of the huge numbers applying and because of the continuing problems securing appointments this grace period was extended first until the end of October 2021, and then a further three times until finally Spain refused any further extensions.

This meant that from May 1 those Brits who had been living in Spain longer than six months were no longer legally allowed to drive on a British licence. This applies even to those who had lodged their intent to exchange before the December 2020 deadline but had not yet done so as well as those who had been resident but failed to register intent, along with anyone who arrived after Brexit. Latest On Uk Driving Licence In Spain Tory grandee Iain Duncan Smith has been highly critical of the driving fiasco, squaring blame at the Spanish government and saying “It’s a case of mañana, mañana. ” Photo: Wikipedia. The vast majority of EU countries have been able to reach a deal with the United Kingdom over the recognition and easy exchange of driving licences post-Brexit, but the bilateral deal with Spain has not been forthcoming. For weeks and weeks we have been given regular updates by the British Ambassador who said that negotiations are progressing and an agreement is likely to be struck in the near future.

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During all this time Spain and Britain have been ‘in negotiations’ for a permanent solution to the issue that would allow British residents to easily swap their licences for Spanish ones in the same way that they could in the pre-Brexit era.

So it was a major blow when the Spanish authorities refused to prolong the extension leaving hundreds if not thousands of Brits in limbo. Those Brits are now left unable to drive legally and with the only option of taking a Spanish driving test or waiting for who-knows-how-long until an agreement is made in the hope that it means an easy exchange will be possible.

  1. What about this agreement? It is unclear yet if any future agreement would benefit just those British residents who are protected under the Withdrawal Agreement or will include UK licence holders who moved to Spain to become resident after Brexit came into force on January 1st 2021;

We don’t know exactly what is on the cards, as the Ambassador keeps reminding us. Latest On Uk Driving Licence In Spain Ambassador Hugh Elliott has been at the forefront of negotiations. Photo: Wikipedia. “Unfortunately, I simply can’t go into lots of detail or give a running commentary of what is an ongoing negotiation,” Hugh Elliott said in the latest update on June 2. But he does remain committed to striking a deal and remains optimistic that it will happen soon.

“I assure you we are working on this everyday. We are genuinely making progress,” he said He did have one piece of good news that “an agreement had been reached on a clause that will permit everyone back on the road from the moment an agreement is signed for a period of up to six months to allow people time to once again try and exchange their licences.

”  He declined to give an exact time frame of when an agreement might be signed but said he expected it to take a matter of ‘weeks rather than months. ‘ There have been rumours that part of the reason an agreement has been so elusive is that the UK government has refused to allow the sharing of passenger details from the DVLA with its Spanish counterpart, the DGT.

Data sharing would allow Spain to more effectively pursue those who speed and commit other offences after they have left Spain and would allow for the automatic issuing of fines for offences committed by British drivers.

However, this is currently not the case in any other agreement between the UK and an EU country, which, it has been alleged, is why the UK has refused. The Foreign Office – which is leading negotiations on the British side – denied the data sharing issue was a sticking point to the Olive Press.

  1. Without a bilateral deal on driving licences, the UK will continue to be third country for the recognition and exchange of licences;
  2. Under the current rules most non-EU driving licence holders have six months from their arrival in Spain to use their foreign licences before they are required to change them for a Spanish one;

(although some need an international driving permit from the very beginning). Limbo There are no figures on exactly how many Brits resident in Spain are waiting to exchange their driving licences. But of the more than 407,000 Brits now officially registered as residents it is a minority.

However for many of the hundreds or possibly thousands of those unable to legally drive, the issue has been devastating. There have been reports of Brits living in rural areas without public transport who are now stranded and no longer able to access shops or medical services.

Many readers have written in the Olive Press to share their plight describing how they are isolated and now reliant on the kindness of neighbours or left having to fork out huge expense for taxis. Latest On Uk Driving Licence In Spain Trinny Vickers, one of the founders of the Ladies driving in Spain Facebook page, is one of many Brits unable to drive in Spain. Photo: Trinny Vickers. There are those who are nervous about going through the Spanish driving test as they fear their Spanish skills aren’t adequate. Others who have attempted to enrole in Spanish driving licences, a necessary requirement before taking the test have found there are long delays for lessons and it could be months before they can take the practical test.

Backlash Not everyone is sympathetic to those who have been left in limbo in the driving licence debacle. Dozens of comments on social media posts about the issue, most significantly beneath the regular updates on the Brits in Spain Facebook page run by the Embassy, point out that there was plenty of time and endless warnings about the need to exchange licences ahead of the Brexit deadline.

Some express a definite lack of sympathy for anyone who failed to do so, accusing them of either holding a ‘colonialist attitude’ for living in Spain but refusing to abide by the local rules, or of putting their head in the sand and ignoring the warnings.

And while it is true that it has always been a legal obligation to do the licence exchange, many thousands of people hadn’t fulfilled that obligation and the last minute rush to do so overloaded the system and meant many missed the deadline.

Moreover, we have heard of dozens of examples of those who attempted to follow instructions but were thwarted either by the system failing or through bad advice from ‘gestors’ and even local officials who ought to have known better. Others had the misfortune of arriving in Spain after the Brexit deadline meaning the ‘registering intent’ was impossible. Our campaign Latest On Uk Driving Licence In Spain The Olive Press is calling for an immediate return of the ability of Brits to swap their licence once they have settled here. We have the support of councillors, business people and residents and believe that a failure to enact a change now will result in misery for thousands. We are urging everyone to sign the parliamentary petition HERE to allow Brits back on the road. We are continuing to publicise the stories of those for whom driving in Spain is absolutely essential and are demanding faster action from the government on both sides. es READ MORE:

  • U-TURN CAMPAIGN: Councillor calls for longer extension period on UK driving licence swap
  • U-TURN CAMPAIGN: British fintech guru calls for Spaniards in the UK to have licences immediately revoked
  • U-TURN CAMPAIGN: Woman forced to abandon home and move to campsite on Spain’s Costa Blanca
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Can I drive in Spain on a UK licence in 2022?

Rules for driving in Europe UK licence holders resident in Spain can now continue to drive using their valid UK driving licence until 30 April 2022.

What are the new rules for driving in Spain?

From March 21st 2022, anyone who surpasses the speed limit of a carretera convencional will be penalised and fined according to their excess of speed. The DGT has reported that in 2019, 239 drivers died in road accidents in Spain as a result of these overtaking manoeuvres.

Can I still change my UK driving licence in Spain after Brexit?

1) UK Licence Holders – For holders of UK driving licences, to drive in Spain as a resident in Spain , after the end of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement transition period (December 31, 2020), it is necessary to change your UK driving licence for a Spanish one.

  1. You cannot use an International Driving Permit (IDP) instead;
  2. Current regulations mean that a UK-issued driving licence is valid for 6 months after arrival in Spain;
  3. UK driving licence validity in Spain (30 April 2022) If you moved to Spain after 1 January 2021 , your valid UK licence will be recognised for 6 months from the date you obtained residence, or until 30th April 2022, whichever is later;

Previous temporary extensions to the exchange period have ceased. From 1 May 2022, if you have been resident for more than 6 months and have not exchanged your UK licence for a Spanish one, you will no longer be able to drive using your UK licence. For example, if you became resident in Spain before November 2021 your UK driving licence will not be valid from 1 May 2022 onwards.

You need to pass the Spanish theory and practical dirving test before you can legally continue to drive in Spain. If you did not request the licence exchange with the DGT before December 30th 2020, the current process is that you will still have to take a practical and theory driving test in order to obtain a Spanish licence.

Spanish and UK authorities confirm that they are still in negotiation for further recognition of UK and Spanish driving licences in both countries. Please feel free to contact us on our infoline, to register for updates on the situation. You can find out more about the process of applying for a Spanish licence on the DGT site, where the information is also available in English: https://sede.

dgt. gob. es/es/permisos-de-conducir/obtencion-renovacion-duplicados-permiso/permiso-conducir/index. shtml. You can take the theory test in English , but the practical is only available in Spanish. You can still use your Spanish licence in the UK for short visits, or you can exchange it for a UK licence without taking a test.

You will be able to drive in the UK with your EU driving license until it expires, you reach 70, or until three years after you become a UK resident again. Please note: You cannot renew or replace your UK, Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey or Isle of Man licence if you live in Spain.

Can I drive on my English driving licence in Spain?

From the U. government website: “Driving in Spain You cannot renew or replace your UK, Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey or Isle of Man licence if you live in Spain. From 1 May 2022, if you have been resident for more than 6 months and have not exchanged your UK licence for a Spanish one, you will no longer be able to drive using your UK licence.

  • if you were living in Spain before 1 January 2021, your valid UK driving licence will no longer be valid for driving in Spain if you moved to Spain after 1 January 2021, your valid UK licence will be recognised for 6 months from the date you obtained residence The British and Spanish governments continue to negotiate on long-term arrangements for exchanging driving licences without needing to take a practical test;

If it is imperative that you drive, you should not wait for the outcome of the negotiations to take action. You must follow the Spanish Traffic Authority (DGT) process for non-EU nationals to obtain a Spanish driving licence. This includes taking both a theory and practical driving test.

If you have a licence issued by Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man If you hold a valid licence from Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man you must obtain a Spanish licence within 6 months of becoming resident.

You cannot currently exchange your licence for a Spanish one. You must apply for a Spanish licence as a non-EU national, which includes taking both a theory and practical driving test”. From the British Ambassador on Twitter. CAB questions whether those wh registered their intent to exchange their licences and made an appointment before April 30, 2022, should have the right to continue driving on their U. licences until provided with the Spanish permit. This is based on the information below. We will call 061 after the May Day holiday and also discuss this with the British Embassy team on a proposed virtual meeting next week. Validity of licences where the intent to change was in place and title holder proceeded to make an application to exchange.

We generally keep instructions from previous posts by the DGT knowing that these warnings change from date to date. If you submitted the application for the exchange, replacement or extraordinary renewal of a British driving license before December 31, 2020, you have the possibility of exchanging your license under the same conditions prior to BREXIT.

In person, at the Headquarters or Traffic Office where you will submit the prior request for extraordinary exchange: You can request your appointment 3 business days after submitting your application and until April 30, 2022 if we have not notified you of any anomaly.

You must make an appointment in advance at the Headquarters or Traffic Office where you made the request for exchanges with ‘Type of procedure’: “Office procedures” and later in ‘Area’ the area of ​​your headquarter referring to drivers.

On the day of your appointment you must go in person to our offices and provide all the requested documentation and a prior check will be made that the request was made in a timely manner. If due to the ruling of no validity, Spain considers your licence to have expired, then you will not be able to drive with your licence until exchanged.

  • You may wish to call O61 for advice;
  • From the DGT, traffic department: Información importante;
  • A partir del 1 de mayo de 2022, el régimen de los permisos de conducir expedidos por las autoridades británicas será el previsto para los permisos expedidos a terceros países extracomunitarios;
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Los permisos de conducir emitidos por las autoridades británicas serán válidos para conducir en España durante el plazo de seis meses, desde la entrada de su titular o desde la fecha de obtención de su residencia legal en el país. Important Information. “BREXIT With the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, British driving licenses will no longer be valid to drive in Spain as of December 31, 2020. If you are a resident in our country, if you previously registered, you must formalise the exchange, renewal or substitution of your license for a Spanish one in order to continue driving in our country”. From instructions in place from the two year protocol to exchange EU licences for the Spanish permit: Offences derived from the fact of driving with a community driving license without having proceeded to renew it. The Codified List of Violations includes the violation of article 15, section 4, option 5A of the General Regulations for Drivers, for the reported act “DRIVING THE REVIEWED VEHICLE, BEING THE HOLDER OF A COMMUNITY PERMIT, WITHOUT HAVING PROCEEDED TO RENEW ITS PERIOD OF VALIDITY, ONCE YOU ACQUIRE YOUR RESIDENCE IN SPAIN.

  • As of May 1, 2022, the regime for driving licenses issued by the British authorities will be the same as for licenses issued to non-EU third countries;
  • Driving licenses issued by the British authorities will be valid to drive in Spain for a period of six months, from the entry of their holder or from the date of obtaining their legal residence in the country;

” Said typification is planned to be used as of January 19, 2015, once Directive 2006/126/CE, of December 20, of the European Parliament and of the Council is already considered fully enforceable throughout the territory. of the European Union. Carry proof of the appointment with you in your vehicle.

  •  Exchanging licences;
  • Please note from the DGT: What reasons could there be for me not being able to exchange my UK permit? Carrying out this extraordinary exchange requires verification of the equivalence and authenticity of the driving licenses you have from the United Kingdom;

Carrying out the exchange requires confirmation of the validity of your permit by the UK authorities. What is meant by normal residence? The normal residence is the place where a person habitually stays, that is, for at least one hundred and eighty-five days per calendar year Normal residence is understood as the stay in Spain in a regular situation that must be duly accredited, in accordance with the provisions of Organic Law 4/2000, of January 11, on the rights and freedoms of foreigners in Spain and their social integration.

Do you need a GB sticker in Spain?

UK stickers and number plates – You must display the UK identifier when driving a UK -registered vehicle abroad. If your number plate includes the UK identifier with the Union flag (also known as the Union Jack), you do not need a UK sticker. However, you will need to display a UK sticker clearly on the rear of your vehicle if your number plate has any of the following:

  • a GB identifier with the Union flag
  • a Euro symbol
  • a national flag of England, Scotland or Wales
  • numbers and letters only – no flag or identifier

If you’re in Spain, Cyprus or Malta, you must display a UK sticker no matter what is on your number plate. You do not need a UK sticker or identifier to drive in Ireland.

Do I need an IDP to drive in Spain in 2022?

If you are planning to rent a car in Spain , applying for an international driving permit is important. Spain requires foreign drivers who have a license in English to obtain an IDP prior to arriving in Spain. This driving permit is a requirement to  drive in Spain , and without the permit, you could face punishment if stopped by law enforcement officials while driving.

American drivers must have both their domestic license and IDP in their possession while driving. An international drivers permit in Spain is a translated version of your original license. It is available only to those who are currently licensed in their home country.

The license makes it easy for law enforcement (and others like staff at the rental car desk) to learn your name, address and other information without language barriers standing in the way. Auto Europe has all your travel concerns on renting a car in Spain covered.

What do I need to drive a rental car in Spain?

To rent a car in Spain, you need to be over the age of 21 and have a valid driver’s license, a passport and a major credit card. The law in Spain requires non-EU driver’s license holders to posses an International Driver’s Permit, which you can obtain through AAA.

Do I need to change my driving Licence in Spain?

Exchanging driving licences – Exchanging a licence involves approval of the driving licence you already hold. The licence you held is exchanged for the equivalent Spanish licence. The procedure is much simpler to follow than obtaining a new licence. Driving licences issued in any Member State of the European Union (EU), and in the European Economic Area (EEA – Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) are valid for driving in Spain as long as they are current and have not been withdrawn for any reason.

The only proviso is that the age required for driving must be the same as required to obtain an equivalent Spanish driving licence. As long as your EU and EEA  driving licence is current, exchanging it is entirely voluntary.

The exchange means we replace the driving licence you held with an equivalent Spanish licence. During this procedure, your original licence is withdrawn and we issue you with a provisional licence. You will receive your definitive licence in approximately one-and-a-half months. Volver arriba

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    Do I need to change my driving licence in Spain?

    Exchanging driving licences – Exchanging a licence involves approval of the driving licence you already hold. The licence you held is exchanged for the equivalent Spanish licence. The procedure is much simpler to follow than obtaining a new licence. Driving licences issued in any Member State of the European Union (EU), and in the European Economic Area (EEA – Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) are valid for driving in Spain as long as they are current and have not been withdrawn for any reason.

    The only proviso is that the age required for driving must be the same as required to obtain an equivalent Spanish driving licence. As long as your EU and EEA  driving licence is current, exchanging it is entirely voluntary.

    The exchange means we replace the driving licence you held with an equivalent Spanish licence. During this procedure, your original licence is withdrawn and we issue you with a provisional licence. You will receive your definitive licence in approximately one-and-a-half months. Volver arriba