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I read this morning ..in a magazine , that a EU resident of Spain can exchange their UK driving licence for a Spanish one. If this is so...what is the procedure?
Also...does a EU resident of Spain have to retake their driving test at the age of 70 ?
 

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I read this morning ..in a magazine , that a EU resident of Spain can exchange their UK driving licence for a Spanish one. If this is so...what is the procedure?
Also...does a EU resident of Spain have to retake their driving test at the age of 70 ?

My friends did this and it involved a medical and a couple of trips to traffico - oh, and it took forever!!! There, thats the extent of my knowledge on the subject

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My friends did this and it involved a medical and a couple of trips to traffico - oh, and it took forever!!! There, thats the extent of my knowledge on the subject

Jo xxx
Does a female do the medical ??....and does it take forever ??..:clap2:
 

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I read this morning ..in a magazine , that a EU resident of Spain can exchange their UK driving licence for a Spanish one. If this is so...what is the procedure?
Also...does a EU resident of Spain have to retake their driving test at the age of 70 ?
I found this bit of useful info on this subject on the foreign and commonwealth office website and thought it might help. This is one piece of beaurocracy I haven't tackled yet, but having been resident for a couple of months now, it's one I will have to do soon. Probably best to wait for a rainy day!!


UK driving licences issued from 1990 and the photocard licence issued from 1997 are accepted in Spain. The minimum age required to drive is 18 years. For information about the photocard driving licence please visit the DVLA website.

Licences issued before 1990 are only accepted if accompanied by an official translation into Spanish (available from the Spanish Embassy in London and the Real Automóvil Club de España if the licence holder is already in Spain). Holders of these may prefer to use an International Licence issued anywhere outside Spain.

You may keep your UK licence (if issued after 1990) or exchange it for a Spanish one, subject to the same medical examinations as Spanish nationals. It is advisable to exchange UK licences for Spanish ones (which are valid for visits to the UK). The DVLA won't put a non-UK address on a replacement licence, or send one out of the UK. Therefore, if your UK licence is lost or stolen in Spain, you will not be able to obtain a replacement licence from the UK. Spanish authorities will not be able to replace one they did not issue. For information on how to apply for a Spanish driving licence, please contact the Jefatura Provincial de Trafico in your area.
 

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If you're serious then I would suspect that you have, or they thought you had some history of problems in that area !!!!!!!! The other reasons dont bare thinking about LOL

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I don't what he was using and how he was using it because he had both his hands on my shoulders and had me pinned down so I couldnt move.
 

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If you're serious then I would suspect that you have, or they thought you had some history of problems in that area !!!!!!!! The other reasons dont bare thinking about LOL

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I don't what he was using and how he was using it because he had both his hands on my shoulders and had me pinned face down so I couldn't move.
 

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I don't what he was using and how he was using it because he had both his hands on my shoulders and had me pinned face down so I couldn't move.
Just arsing about I reckon......;)
 

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I read this morning ..in a magazine , that a EU resident of Spain can exchange their UK driving licence for a Spanish one. If this is so...what is the procedure?
Also...does a EU resident of Spain have to retake their driving test at the age of 70 ?

The question has been answered I think ... but you dont have to re take a test at any time. When your UK licence naturally expires then you have to take a Spanish one

Also, your photo licence needs renewing every 10 years, a little known fact. So if you havent got a UK address you'd better change it before the time comes.

As regards medicals, If you have an EU licence (or indeed a Spanish licence) you will need to hold a medical certificate and the examination periods for these are as follows:

Drivers aged:
18 to 45 years - every 10 years
45 - 70 years - every 5 years
70 and above - every 2 years

So your EU photo licence is acceptable here, but it must be backed up by a valid medical certificate. Contact Trafico for your local centre, although most private medical centres carry them out at quite low cost
 

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Driving Licenses in Spain

I read this morning ..in a magazine , that a EU resident of Spain can exchange their UK driving licence for a Spanish one. If this is so...what is the procedure?
Also...does a EU resident of Spain have to retake their driving test at the age of 70 ?
While EU citizens are allowed to use their home country drivers' licenses while on holidays in Spain, residents here face different conditions. Once you become a resident in Spain, you have six months to process your request for a Spanish version.

To obtain your Spanish "carnet de conducir" (drivers' license) you will need to visit the "Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico", or Traffic Department, nearest you. According to official information from this entity, you must supply the following documentation*:

an official form provided by the Traffic Department, which you must fill out.
a photocopy of your national identity card.
two current photos.
a written statement declaring that your current license has not been suspended or revoked.
a written statement declaring that you are not in possession of additional licenses, issued either within Spain or in any other country.
The drivers' license from your home country, that you are wishing to process, plus a photocopy of that document.
*Be advised that document requirements change. Click here to learn more about how you can prepared for whatever bureaucratic surprises await you at the Traffic Department.

Once you have obtained your Spanish license, you will be required to renew it according to the Spanish schedule.
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While EU citizens are allowed to use their home country drivers' licenses while on holidays in Spain, residents here face different conditions. Once you become a resident in Spain, you have six months to process your request for a Spanish version.

To obtain your Spanish "carnet de conducir" (drivers' license) you will need to visit the "Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico", or Traffic Department, nearest you. According to official information from this entity, you must supply the following documentation*:

an official form provided by the Traffic Department, which you must fill out.
a photocopy of your national identity card.
two current photos.
a written statement declaring that your current license has not been suspended or revoked.
a written statement declaring that you are not in possession of additional licenses, issued either within Spain or in any other country.
The drivers' license from your home country, that you are wishing to process, plus a photocopy of that document.
*Be advised that document requirements change. Click here to learn more about how you can prepared for whatever bureaucratic surprises await you at the Traffic Department.

Once you have obtained your Spanish license, you will be required to renew it according to the Spanish schedule.
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This is however not compulsory?
 

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This is however not compulsory?
No, it isn't, depending on when your licence was issued. See below from the FCO site.

Driving licences and vehicles

UK driving licences issued from 1990 and the photocard licence issued from 1997 are accepted in Spain. Licences issued before 1990 are only accepted if accompanied by an official translation into Spanish (available from the Spanish Embassy in London and the Real Automóvil Club de España if the licence holder is already in Spain). UK Provisional Licences are not valid for use in Spain
 

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No, it isn't, depending on when your licence was issued. See below from the FCO site.

Driving licences and vehicles

UK driving licences issued from 1990 and the photocard licence issued from 1997 are accepted in Spain. Licences issued before 1990 are only accepted if accompanied by an official translation into Spanish (available from the Spanish Embassy in London and the Real Automóvil Club de España if the licence holder is already in Spain). UK Provisional Licences are not valid for use in Spain
Thanks, that's what I thought. The post stating otherwise is inaccurate, then.
I'm considering changing mine anyway.
 

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This is however not compulsory?
Trouble is if you have an accident and you don't have a Spanish licence then your insurance company can refuse to pay out, so it's best to check with the insurance company that you can drive on a U.K licence........... I cannot understand why if you live here permanently would you NOT want to change it as the address on the licence would not be yours any more unless you still owned the property in the U.K !
 

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Trouble is if you have an accident and you don't have a Spanish licence then your insurance company can refuse to pay out, so it's best to check with the insurance company that you can drive on a U.K licence........... I cannot understand why if you live here permanently would you NOT want to change it as the address on the licence would not be yours any more unless you still owned the property in the U.K !

Well, there are many and various reasons. As you say, you may own UK properties.
You may be resident here but spend time in other countries.
Your residency may not be permanent.
You may have a twelve month Europe-wide insurance policy with a specialist UK broker.
I have NEVER encountered an insurance company which will refuse to honour a policy on the grounds of the 'nationality' of one's licence. It is usual to supply details of your licence when making the initial application so the broker will be aware.
But then we are told all sorts of things about insurance policies, UK law and so on which on closer investigation are not correct.:)
The point is that if you hold a UK licence issued after the legally required date it is valid throughout the UK .
Whether you wish to change it to the EU state you currently reside in is at your discretion.
As I said, I am considering changing mine - but I am also bearing in mind the fact that in the next five years or so I may be residing in another EU member state.
I have residence in two EU states apart from the UK so I would be changing my licence rather too frequently for convenience!
Having residence in a state means you may live there....not that you are obliged to do so. Many people spend periods of time in various countries for work reasons or because they own properties in them.
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