We want to help you to understand who needs a Spanish driving licence, how long you can drive in Spain with an EU licence and How do you get a Spanish driving permit.

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If you want to move to Spain as a resident after receiving the residency card you must change your home driving permit to a Spanish one. You have two years to change it. If after 2 years being a Spanish resident you can receive a driving fine

In Advisors Costa Blanca, we will help you to change your European driving licence. We can help you with the whole process and you don’t have to deal with Spanish bureaucracy.

Do I need a Spanish driving Licence to drive in Spain?

All foreigners residents in Spain, have 2 years to change their driving licence to Spanish one. 

Many people don’t know the importance of getting the Spanish driving permit. They should apply for it as soon as they receive the Spanish residency. All foreign residents in Spani will need it if they want to drive and don’t get a fine.

Can I drive in Spain with a UK license?

You can drive in Spain using a foreign driver’s licence for a set period, this period of time will depend on your nationality.

If you want to drive legally in Spain, you can use your foreign driving license for the first six months if you are from outside the European Union, or for up to two years if you’re from the EU or EEA area (European Economic Area).

Can I change my UK or EU Driving Licence to a Spanish one?

For changing your Driving permit you have two options. You can do it yourself or you can pay someone to do it for you. If you prefer to do it alone then you can expect to have at least two
trips backwards and forwards to Trafico. 

It is not easy to get a Spanish licence and go to the traffic office if you don’t speak Spanish. That is why here, Advisors Costa Blanca wants to help you. the pa­per­work and bureaucracy to change your licence are very dif­fer­ent to that which you are prob­ably fa­mil­iar with.

We can help you in the whole process to change your EU driving permit into a Spanish one. If you change your licence you still can drive with your Spanish one in your home country.

Make the Spanish driving licence medical test appointment


Fill out al the required application forms

Organize all the documents needed

Go to the traffic office

Uk driving licence in Spain after Brexit

The website says: After 31 January 2020, there will be a transition period until the end of 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.

The current rules on international driving will continue to apply during the transition period. That’s mean that in the transition period the rules for European and British will be the same.

We recommend to all British citizens to change the driving licence before this period ends.



Spanish Residency

NIE number and Social Security number


Spanish SIP card / Spanish Healthcare

Spanish Tourist Licence and Rental Tax

Spanish Driving Licences


Spanish will services