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UK driving licence validity in Spain extended until 28 February 2022

January 10, 2022

Update: The validity of British driving licenses has been updated. Read more in our latest news on the UK driving licences agreement.

Following on from our previous post, the validity of British driving licences in Spain after Brexit has been extended for the third time. Below you can find the updated guidance, case by case.

If you were living in Spain before 1 January 2021

Your valid UK driving licence will now be valid for driving in Spain until 28 February 2022. You should have registered your details and intention to exchange with the DGT before 30 December 2020 and requested an appointment with the DGT to exchange your UK licence before 31 December 2021. If you began this process but did not complete the exchange before the deadline and require further information, you may contact the DGT.

If you did not register with DGT before 30 December 2020 and wish to obtain a Spanish driving licence, you should follow the DGT process for non-EU nationals, which includes taking a driving test.

If you moved to Spain after 1 January 2021

Your valid British licence will be recognised for 6 months from the date you obtained residence, or until 28 February 2022, whichever is later.

If you live in Spain and hold a Spanish licence

Your Spanish licence will still be valid in the UK and other countries, when visiting for short visits, and you may exchange it for a UK licence without the requirement of a test.

If you live in Spain and hold a UK licence

You may exchange your UK driving licence for a Spanish one and are unable to use an International Driving Permit (IDP) instead.

You will be unable to renew your driving licence in the UK. If your UK licence is lost, stolen, or expired, you must apply to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to receive a ‘certificate of entitlement’ and be able to apply for a Spanish driving licence.

Future changes

The British and Spanish governments continue to negotiate the possibility of long-term arrangements for without requiring a practical test. We will provide updates on future rule changes.

Please find the above information as provided on the website, under ‘Driving in Spain’.

If you need legal advice on this matter, Klev&Vera would be pleased to assist you through this process, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.


Anna Klevtsova

Anna holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law, and is a Certified Lawyer with the Bar Association of Barcelona. With more than 20 years of legal practice in International Law, Anna specialises in business set-up, investment transactions, and immigration strategies.

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