Should I change my British licence to a Spanish one?


Posted and filed under Motoring in Spain.

Please note that this article is now out of date and you should refer to more recent information on our website.

Attention: British people resident in Spain without a Spanish licence. Like so much of the unknown out there about British people living in Spain post Brexit, we have enquiries every day about the UK driving licence.

This is fairly black and white. If you live in Spain, have your Residencia and do not have a Spanish licence, you should get one. (Attention to our Irish, Scandinavian clients- we also mean you!)

After March 29th,we have no idea what will happen, but we do know that a Non European citizen applying for a Spanish licence must sit a driving test and theory test in Spanish.

To apply for a Spanish driving licence the following documentation will be requested:

Drivers licence (both parts if you have them if not we will get you to sign a form confirming you no longer have it)
Psicotecnico (Medical Test)*
2 Passport photographs
Padron (no more than 6 months old)

The key is to get the application done while Britain is still in Europe – as things stand before March 29th 2019.

The process will be take a minimum of 6 months.. During this time, Trafico will provide you with certificates along the way to confirm which part of the process you are at and then a temporary Spanish licence at the end which will cover you until your official licence is delivered by post. Its as easy as that, we will make it a hassle free process for you.

If you need more information, don’t hesitate to contact us at


  • David Blakeley

    Due to being back in the UK from Nov 2020 until April 2021 when I returned and completed my TIE card. Unfortunately being out of Spain I did not register my intention to swap my UK licence. Have you any update from July1st, and will my international licence be valid until April 2022

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon David,

      This is a common problem for many new Spanish residents.

      There are rumours that the UK and Spanish Embassies are in talks relating to the Spanish driving licence process for the Brits. The rumour is that they may allow people who did not register for the Spanish licence before Brexit, to apply for the Spanish licence as per the withdrawal agreement, but please note this has not been verified one way or another. Trafico have advised if this is the case, we will be informed by the end of June, start of July, as the UK driving licences are valid until the end of June.

      In regard to your UK international licence, this would not be valid. As you are a Spanish resident, you must have a Spanish driving licence or international licence issued by Spain, and not a UK licence. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards

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