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Switching your UK Drivers License for Spanish

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Posted: Tue Jan 8, 2019 3:21pm
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Kerri

Posts: 21

Location: Casares

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Hi all,

Just wondering if anyone has recently gone through the process of getting their Spanish Drivers License using their UK license?  With a No Deal Brexit looming we are running out of time to deal with the potential headache of having no valid drivers license.  Any information is appreciated.  Yes I have looked at the various websites out there but details are never very clear compared to someone who has gone through it.

Thanks

Kerri

Jane1817

Wed Jan 9, 2019 8:00am

Posts: 33

Location: Frigiliana

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Posted: Wed Jan 9, 2019 8:00am

Have just been thru same thing with our British car, in the end we not to a very good lawyer in torrox where we live, as it was beyond us , Sooo com placated, and we are now at the last stage , couldn’t have done it ourselves. Ok cost us a bit , but for us really worth it, and got a really good quote from abbeygate for insurance, you can beat em down!!

Jane1817

Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:22pm

Posts: 33

Location: Frigiliana

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Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:22pm

More important have you got a uk registered car? This needs changing plates, lights mot etc before brexit, and residency. As far as we know you don’t need to change your license to Spanish, we have done everything thru a lawyer, and he hasn’t mentioned this jane

Kerri

Kerri

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Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:59pm

Posts: 21

Location: Casares

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Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:59pm

Hi Jane,

Sorry if I wasn't clear.  I have a Spanish car.  I have been here in Spain for 1 year using my UK drivers license.  We can use that for 2 years until we need to switch to a Spanish Drivers license.  But with a No Deal Brexit looming the pressure is on to get a Spanish drivers license.  So my question isn't about the car but only the license to drive.  Thanks.  Kerri

Jane1817

Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:30pm

Posts: 33

Location: Frigiliana

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Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:30pm

Thanks Kerri for that will ask the lawyer, how could it effect us?? Will let you know what he says!! Jane

MikeJ

Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:28pm

Posts: 37

Location: Duquesa

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Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:28pm

You could try Gestoria Angela Barrera in Calle Real, Estepona. They speak English. They specialise in legal processes to do with cars and driving. They will handle the change from UK licence to Spanish. Take a photograph of yourself which is the same size as the photo on your UK licence, slightly smaller than the passport size photo. Go up Calle Santa Ana, opposite the car park on the paseo, and turn left into Calle Real. Look up above the shops to see her sign. Would help if you make a prior appointment. 952 79 47 69. Google Gestoria Angela Barrera Estepona.

I think you need to change your UK licence if you have lived here more than six months.

I agree Abbeygate. They are on the roundabout next to La Casona Restaurant on the A7 between Sabinillas and Estepona. 

Mike

Jane1817

Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:50pm

Posts: 33

Location: Frigiliana

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Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:50pm

Actually we found a cheaper quote than abbeygate, she talked to her underwriters 3times (supposedly!) and we got the price and excess right down, miles cheaper than us .Linea directs.com

Jane1817

Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:52pm

Posts: 33

Location: Frigiliana

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Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:52pm

Sorry meant to say much cheaper than Uk, not Us !!

Kerri

Kerri

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Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:48am

Posts: 21

Location: Casares

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Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:48am

Thanks for the info Mike.  I will enquire what they will charge to compare for future.  I may have gotten lucky in the meantime with some new friends who have offered to help me.  When I get it done I will post the steps so others are aware.

I also use Linea Direct and found them very good to work with when I was hit by some idiot in the Carrefour parking lot.  He tried to escape but I got his license number and Linea Direct are going to pay for the fix without charge or penalty to me.

Kerri

Antida

Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:32am

Posts: 3

Location: Benalmadena Costa

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:32am

Hi you can get at uk post office on the same day for 5.00£ an international license that will allow you to drive in eu I will post more info about but if you can join on Facebook ukcen group where you can access plenty if information and sort problems without spending money....

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