Driving Licence

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Driving Licence

Postby Terryd1963 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:22 pm

Myself and my wife have just moved full time to Spain and we are applying for residency, I was wondering if we needed to get Spanish driving licences.

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Re: Driving Licence

Postby El Cid » Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:34 pm

The answer to that is yes or no depending on a number of factors.

I think you will find that most members of this forum who are resident will recommend that you do the exchange. There are virtually no good reasons to retain a UK licence and many advantages of having a Spanish licence, not least of which is that it is accepted as valid ID in almost every situation.

Have a look at this thread in the FAQ section



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Re: Driving Licence

Postby elusive » Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:08 am

Its a pretty confusing issue due to the police interpretating the laws as they wish. As cid says if you are making the move then i would just change it. Theres been lots of problems with police handing out fines for not having a spanish licence when legally you dont need to change. imo its not worth the worry of getting pulled over and wandering whats going to happen

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