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UK DRIVING LICENCE NOT VALID POST BREXIT

Posted: Wed May 4, 2022 11:04am
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BRADDERS

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Hi,

Anybody got any updates on uk driving licence to Spain swap.. I arrived after brexit so was not able to change my licence only arrived nov 2021…

I believe uk licence is no longer valid.. I have parish car insurance no car on temporary Spanish plates going through import re test..


any information would be greatly appreciated 


Thanks,


clive

Holaitsdavid

Posted: Wed May 4, 2022 7:16pm

Holaitsdavid

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Posted: Wed May 4, 2022 7:16pm

One person here posted was pulled up by Police on the 1st May. Latest statement below....

“An agreement to swap UK driving licenses for Spanish licenses has not yet been reached,” they said.

. “(We) are urging the Spanish Government to bring forward interim measures.

“We remain committed to reaching a deal and the UK already has similar arrangements in place with 24 other EU countries."

It is unclear when the situation will be resolved, a government source told the Mail on Sunday

"This could go on for a week or it could be longer. It should be temporary but we don't know how temporary," the source said.

https://www.euronews.com/travel/2022/05/03/everything-you-need-to-know-about-spain-banning-british-drivers


Cazmac22

Posted: Thu May 5, 2022 8:32am

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Posted: Thu May 5, 2022 8:32am

Clive, weren’t you aware that you could have changed your licence  until the end of April? It’s now illegal from 1st May to drive with a U.K. licence. My understanding is that you now need to take Spanish test to get your licence.  Having said that, David is very switched on, so it could well be that U.K. is still hoping that a deal can be reached in the future. Good luck.

BRADDERS

Posted: Thu May 5, 2022 1:24pm

BRADDERS

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Posted: Thu May 5, 2022 1:24pm

Holaitsdavid wrote on Wed May 4, 2022 7:16pm:

One person here posted was pulled up by Police on the 1st May. Latest statement below....

“An agreement to swap UK driving licenses for Spanish licenses has not yet been reached,” they said.

. “(We) are urging the Spanish Government to bring forward interim measures.

“We remain committed to reaching a deal and the UK already has similar arrangements in place with 24 other EU countries."

It is unclear when the situation will be resolved, a government source told the Mail on Sunday

"This could go on for a week or it could be longer. It should be temporary but we don't know how temporary," the source said.

https://www.euronews.com/travel/2022/05/03/everything-you-need-to-know-about-spain-banning-british-drivers


Hi I arrived in Spain after brexit and obtained my nie tie number in December unfortunately I was unable to change my licence over you had to be here per BREXIT to do that….

mss as my ex pats could have swapped licence but did not do to now they are unable to do that 

My entry point into Rodin made that impossible time rise

I refuse to take Spanish driving test .. most Spain can’t  even drive properly we a licence 

Holaitsdavid

Posted: Thu May 5, 2022 2:58pm

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Posted: Thu May 5, 2022 2:58pm

BRADDERS wrote on Thu May 5, 2022 1:24pm:

Hi I arrived in Spain after brexit and obtained my nie tie number in December unfortunately I was unable to change my licence over you had to be here per BREXIT to do that….

mss as my ex pats could have swapped licence but did not do to now they are unable to do that 

My entry point into Rodin made that impossible time rise

I refuse to take Spanish driving test .. most Spain can’t  even drive properly we a licence 

Yes Spanish driving is shocking, in spite of a tough test, I refuse to take one, I use Uber and Bolt which is very cheap and now walk about 3 miles a day, my car shipped back to UK, will buy a Spanish one if allow a swap.in future. 

BRADDERS

Posted: Thu May 5, 2022 4:27pm

BRADDERS

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Posted: Thu May 5, 2022 4:27pm

Holaitsdavid wrote on Thu May 5, 2022 2:58pm:

Yes Spanish driving is shocking, in spite of a tough test, I refuse to take one, I use Uber and Bolt which is very cheap and now walk about 3 miles a day, my car shipped back to UK, will buy a Spanish one if allow a swap.in future. 

Not a bad idea 

Trevor47

Posted: Fri May 6, 2022 9:19am

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Posted: Fri May 6, 2022 9:19am

Hi Bradders, I got my UK Spanish swap done when I took up Residencia back in 2019 but it still took 6 months to do. So no short term solution I am afraid.

Holaitsdavid

Posted: Fri May 6, 2022 2:16pm

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Posted: Fri May 6, 2022 2:16pm

Trevor47 wrote on Fri May 6, 2022 9:19am:

Hi Bradders, I got my UK Spanish swap done when I took up Residencia back in 2019 but it still took 6 months to do. So no short term solution I am afraid.

Spanish government crazy, they should make an effort to sort driving licences fast as possible, they need people to buy property and move here, plus sell the cars. About 3 million empty properties in Spain and 'still building', further "The Spanish population will decrease by 9.4 million in the next 50 years"

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1117826/



Trevor47

Posted: Fri May 6, 2022 2:45pm

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Posted: Fri May 6, 2022 2:45pm

Holaitsdavid wrote on Fri May 6, 2022 2:16pm:

Spanish government crazy, they should make an effort to sort driving licences fast as possible, they need people to buy property and move here, plus sell the cars. About 3 million empty properties in Spain and 'still building', further "The Spanish population will decrease by 9.4 million in the n...

Well the delays in my licence were down to slowness of DVLA.

Most people buying property around us are not from UK, so I am not sure they are that bothered. Just helped USA couple and others are French, Belgium and Scandinavian.

It is our Government's fault for leaving EU.

Paulfh58

Posted: Sun May 8, 2022 10:03am

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Posted: Sun May 8, 2022 10:03am

Trevor47 wrote on Fri May 6, 2022 2:45pm:

Well the delays in my licence were down to slowness of DVLA.

Most people buying property around us are not from UK, so I am not sure they are that bothered. Just helped USA couple and others are French, Belgium and Scandinavian.

It is our Government's fault for leaving EU.

Correct!

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