How BREXIT will affect to your driving licence?

How BREXIT will affect to your driving licence?
11 Dec 2019   

The European Union has negotiated with the United Kingdom an Exit Agreement that enables a transitional period during which the rights of citizens are maintained according to the European Community status. But this agreement is currently in the period of approval by both the European and British institutions.

In the event that the United Kingdom finally becomes a third State, citizens must know the consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. If the BREXIT takes place, the United Kingdom will cease to belong to the European Union, so all traffic agreements within the EU will no longer be valid for citizens of the United Kingdom. Among other things, this means that the permits from the United Kingdom will only be valid for driving in Spain during the first 9 months after BREXIT, meanwhile they are not expired.

If you want to continue driving in our country, it will be necessary to make an exchange (homologation), renewal or replacement of your permit for an equivalent Spanish one, and you must deliver the original in order to complete this process.

The Spanish Traffic Department implements a protocol that allows you to make the exchange, renewal or replacement of your UK permit for the Spanish equivalent under the same conditions prior to BREXIT, without waiting for the signing of a new agreement between countries, or having to obtain a new Spanish driving license. 

To do this, you must be a citizen of the United Kingdom, have your habitual residence in Spain and submit an application before January 31, 2020. In this way, whatever happens that day, you will be guaranteed to attend to the exchange of your permission for a period of 9 months from the date of BREXIT.

At the time of the procedure, the original permit will be hold by Spanish authorities and they will provide you a provisional permit.

In the case of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union with a withdrawal agreement, the provisions relating to the recognition of driving licenses will continue to apply until the end of the transitional period planned on December 31, 2020.

If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a withdrawal agreement, the following shall apply:

  • Will British driver's licenses be recognized in Spain?
  • Will Spanish driving licenses be recognized in the United Kingdom? According to the information published by the British Government, you can continue driving with the Spanish permit in the United Kingdom under the conditions set out in the following link.

Yes. The driving licenses, valid and not expired, issued by the British authorities will enable their holders to drive in our country for a period of nine months from the date of the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union. After this period, the general regulations will apply and the permits issued by the British authorities will enable you to drive in Spain for six months, from the entry of the owner in Spain or from the date of obtaining legal residence.

Individuals holding British licenses are advised to remain residing in Spain, after the date of withdrawal from the United Kingdom, to request the exchange of their driving license for a Spanish permit before this exit happens. Do not hesitate to contact us for information regarding the assistance for the driving licence exchange process and its cost which is 115€ if you decide to do it with VP ADVISERS.