If you’re moving abroad to Spain, you might be planning to take your UK vehicle with you. After all, this will help you first to transport your belongings, whether you’re relocating to one of Spain’s sprawling metropolises like Madrid or Barcelona, or a rural village in Alicante or Murcia. What’s more, once you’re settled in, driving your own car is a great way to explore Spain’s spectacular scenery, whether that’s the Ciudad Encantada (Enchanted City) high in Cuenca’s mountain range, or the gorgeous, unspoilt beaches around the coast of Valencia.
With this in mind, you’ll be pleased to hear that, when you move to Spain, your UK driver’s license is initially valid. However, there are specific rules that apply once you’ve lived in there for a certain length of time. These rules differ for EU/EEA (European Union/European Economic Area) citizens and non-EU/EEA citizens, which is of course complicated by the UK’s uncertain outlook for Brexit. So please find here the current rules for your driver’s license for EU/EEA citizen and non-EU/EEA citizens, plus some helpful tidbits for when you’re cruising Spain’s highways.
While the UK remains part of the EU, the rules regarding EU/EEA citizens driving in Spain will apply to you. First and foremost, these are:
It’s worth noting that, if you have issues with penalty points, Spain’s authorities can compel you to get a Spanish driver’s license.
In addition, you’re free to exchange your UK driver’s license for a Spanish driver’s license at any time. To do this, first inform the UK’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), then visit your Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico (Provincial Traffic Headquarters) in Spain. You’ll need to provide the following documents and ID:
Depending on the outcome of Brexit, the rules for EU/EEA citizens driving in Spain may continue to apply to Britons or not. If the rules for EU/EEA citizens no longer apply, then when you move to Spain, you’ll be subject to the Spanish authorities’ stricter regulations for non-EU/EEA citizens driving in Spain. These are:
Now that you know what rules might apply regarding your UK driver’s license both before and after Brexit, please find below some handy tips for driving in Spain, both in the busy streets of Madrid or las autopistas (the motorways).
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