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UK & Spain confirm agreement on driving licences

From the 16th of March UK licence holders are able to exchange their UK licence for a Spanish one without having to take a driving test. The agreement stipulates that UK licence holders resident in Spain will be legally able to drive on their valid UK licence for six months while the process of exchange is underway.

This agreement confirms that UK licence holders will not need to take a practical or theory test. This has been the subject of intense negotiations for some time. UK Ambassador Hugh Elliott was delighted at the news.

"From today, UK licence holders can drive for six months on their UK licence, during which time the Embassy is urging them to exchange it for a Spanish one as soon as possible. Remember that it is possible to exchange a licence anywhere in Spain, not only where you live.

I know this process has taken a lot longer than we all would have liked and has been very difficult for those affected. I am grateful to them for their patience and forbearance.

You can find information on the process from the DGT and we will be posting answers to some of your most frequently asked questions on our Facebook page.”


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