How to change a UK driving licence to a Spanish driving licence

How to change a UK driving licence to a Spanish driving licence

With the United Kingdom no longer a member of the EU, the holders of UK driving licences who are resident in Spain will find they will need to change them to a Spanish driving licence. The DGT website stipulates that the process to switch from a UK to Spanish licence must have been started before 31 December 2020. Applications submitted after this period will not be accepted. In addition, for those who like to leave things to the last minute be warned. Not only do you need to have submitted your application before 31 December it also needs to have been verified by the UK authorities and the application in order before 1st January 2021.

The Spanish authorities website confirms that if you have organised to transfer your UK driving licence to a Spanish licence before the end of 2020, the paperwork is in order and the UK authorities have verified the details then you have a maximum of six months to formalise the switch to a Spanish driving licence. If you do not organise to get your UK driving licence changed to a Spanish one then you my find that in time your UK licence becomes invalid and you have to sit the Spanish driving test.

Many people are using the services of a Gestoria or similar to help with this process. However if you want to do it yourself here is a step-by-step guide.

How to change a UK driving licence to a Spanish driving licence online

  1. Visit the Government of Spain website

    Go to the relevant page of the Government website to change a UK driving licence to a Spanish driving licence.

  2. Online option

    You will need a digital signature or Cla@ve PIN to go through the process online. If you do not have either and do not want to use this method then jump to step 5.

  3. Verify your identity

    You will need to verify yourself on the website using one of the methods above.

  4. Documentation to hand

    It will be necessary to have your driving licence to hand when you go through the online process. Once you have finished online then jump to step 7.

  5. Request by telephone

    You can request the change of driving licence by telephone. You will need to ring 060. The phone will be answered in Spanish. Later you will receive an appointment to formalise the change of driving licence. If you do not receive this within three days you can request a pre-booked appointment online. Once you have booked your appointment then review step 7 below to make sure you take all the paperwork with you. If you need help follow these steps as to how to book and appointment online with Trafico.

  6. In person at the Regional Traffic Office

    If you do not want to apply online or use the 060 phone number then you can apply in person. You will need to make a pre-booked appointment. Once you have your pre-booked appointment then review step 7 below to make sure you have all your paperwork on the day. If you need help follow these steps as to how to book and appointment online with Trafico.

  7. Formalisation at the Regional Traffic Office

    You will need to take the following documentation with you to the Region Traffic Office to finish the process:
    A completed Trámites de permisos de conducción del Reino Unido form (download a blank copy here), proof of identification such as your original current passport, proof of residency. When applying you can authorise the DGT to try and confirm your address in Spain, however, if they can’t you will need to provide proof such as a copy of the padrón. You will also need to take the original driving licence you intend to exchange. Do not forget a current photograph 32mm x 26mm in colour and proof you have paid the appropriate tax 28.30 euros.*

*The tax can be paid online if you have a digital signature. Alternatively, you can pay at any of the following financial institutions. To pay at the financial institutions you will need to complete and print off the modelo 791. You need to complete the section labelled Grupo II and the Tipo tasa 2.3. Change the “cantidad” to one and click the green button in the bottom left marked “actualiza totales”. Then print the form by clicking the black button near the bottom labelled “imprimir”. A new screen will open up where you will have to complete your personal details and select if you are going to pay from your bank account or in cash at one of the designated financial institutions.


If you pay before your appointment at the Regional Traffic office do not forget to print/take the receipt as proof of payment. It might be easier just to pay the fee at the Regional Traffic Office on the day of your appointment. If you do remember you can only pay by debit or credit card. They do not accept cash payments.

MiDGT mobile application

MiDGT mobile application

MiDGT mobile application is the official name of the android application from the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) in Spain.

MiDGT mobile application 1

Launched in March this year it gives the user access to their driving licence, the number of points they retain on their driving licence as well as details about Spanish vehicles registered in their name.

You can update your mobile phone and email address held by the DGT and authorise the receipt of notifications from the DGT.

When you log in you will see your photo, your points summary and the vehicles you own listed further down.

In the top left corner are the three lines which opens up a menu. From here you can add your mobile phone number and email to the records that the DGT hold and also switch on or off a button to receive notifications.

Next to the welcome message and photo of the registered user is the option “Ver mi carnet”. Click here and this takes you to a copy of your Spanish driving licence.

Copy of your Spanish driving licence

MiDGT mobile application 3

Once you click “Ver mi carnet” on the DGT mobile application your driving licence appears. It will show all the details of the original plastic card that you probably have in your wallet. Your date of birth, DNI/NIE etcetera. You can click to turn the card on the MiDGT mobile application around. This shows you the list of vehicle categories you have permission to drive. The dates of when you were authorised to drive each category of vehicle and the expiry date for each category is also shown in the same format as it is on the original pink plastic card licence.

This image explains the front of the driving licence as it appears on the MiDGT mobile application. The letters and numbers next to row headed 9) are the categories of vehicles you have permission to drive.

MiDGT mobile application 4

In the top right corner you will see a blue arrow forming almost a circle. Click this icon and you are presented with the reverse side of your driving licence.

Here you have more details about the category of vehicles you have permission to drive. When you were authorised to drive them and when the category expires.

If you return to the first page we looked at, the one when you access the application then lower down you will see the list of vehicles registered in your name.

Here you can click on each one to find out more information about each one.

MiDGT mobile application

List of your Spanish vehicles

There is information on the make and model of the vehicle, what fuel it uses and the engine size (cilindrada).

You will also find the VIN / Bastidor number and the date the vehicle was first registered. Now of course, it also has the environmental rating shown.

Further down the individual vehicle page you have confirmation of whether it passed the last ITV and very usefully the date the current ITV expires.

Lower down the page are the insurance records of the vehicle and the insurance renewal date.

For each vehicle registered in your name there is a record. You can access them one by one from the front page of the MiDGT mobile application.

The DGT plan to expand the use of the application. The idea is you will be able to carry out various administrative tasks from your mobile phone. In the future, you should be able to pay relevant fees using the MiDGT mobile application, pay traffic fines, identify the driver who caused the traffic infraction if it was not you that was driving.

In a later stage they intend to enable users to include matriculation and transfer of vehicle ownership using the MiDGT mobile application.

How to download the application

The application can be downloaded using your android phone’s play store or if you are an apple user from the App Store.

To access the application you will either have to have a digital signature installed on your mobile phone or have access to the Cl@ve PIN application as part of the security measures to access the information.

To log in the first time I used the Cla@ve PIN application I already have installed on my phone. It makes it a bit cumbersome the first time but then the next time I wanted to log in I just had to use my finger print and went smoothly straight into the application.

Although the MiDGT mobile application has limited functionality at the moment, the promised further developments will make dealing with Tráfico a lot easier in the future.

One final point, for the time being we still recommend you have possession of your physical driving licence on you whilst driving.

Driving licences extended 60 days if they expire during the State of Alarm

How to change a UK driving licence to a Spanish driving licence

The Interior Ministry has issued an order extending the validity of driving licenses that expire during the state of alarm for 60 days. 

The order, published this Saturday in the Official State Gazette (BOE), states that “driving permits and licenses, as well as other administrative authorizations to drive, whose period of validity expires during the state of alarm, will be automatically extended while it lasts the same and up to sixty calendar days after its completion ”. 

The resolution, signed by the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, also affects valid foreign driving licenses to drive in Spain. The law establishes that these permits are valid for six months from arrival in Spain and that, after that period, foreign drivers must exchange their country’s permit for a Spanish one. 

The order published today in the BOE establishes that the computation of those six months is paralysed during the state of alarm, and will resume once that period has ended. Therefore, foreign driving licenses for which the legal six months have not expired remain valid during the state of alarm. 

Essential vehicles exempt from some traffic restrictions

The resolution also affects certain vehicles that provide essential services such as the distribution of medicines, medical supplies or food. The Royal Decree, by which the state of alarm was established, indicates that the Minister of the Interior “may agree to close the circulation of roads or sections of them for reasons of public health, safety or fluidity of traffic or the restriction on access of certain vehicles for the same reasons. ” The order issued this Saturday indicates that these restrictions that may be established will not affect: 

a) Roadside assistance vehicles. 

b) Vehicles and road maintenance and maintenance services. 

c) Vehicles for the distribution of medicines and medical supplies. 

d) Urban solid waste collection vehicles. 

e) Vehicles destined for food distribution. 

f) The transportation of flux materials. 

g) Vehicles destined to transport fuels. 

h) Live livestock transport vehicles. 

i) The transport of perishable goods (fruits, fresh vegetables and others), provided that the perishable goods account for at least half of the vehicle’s payload capacity or occupy half of the vehicle’s payload volume. 

j) The vehicles of the State Society of Posts and Telegraphs. 

The restrictions will also not affect other vehicles “that help guarantee the supply of goods or the provision of essential services for the population.” The Royal Decree on the state of alarm already indicated that these restrictions did not affect emergency vehicles or police vehicles. The order signed by the Interior Minister has been issued, like the rest of the resolutions established under the Royal Decree on the state of alarm, in order to protect the health and safety of citizens, contain the progression of the disease and reinforce the public health system. The objective is to guarantee the supply of basic necessities and the provision of essential services for our society. 

To make this measure effective and guarantee unity and coordination in its execution, the order establishes that the General Director of Traffic, Pere Navarro, report the same “to those responsible for traffic in the Autonomous Communities, or, where appropriate, of the local entities that have assumed competences in the matter of traffic ”. 

How to change your UK or other EU driving licence to a Spanish driving licence yourself?

DGT advise to change your UK driving licence to a Spanish licence before 31 January 2020

How to change your UK driving licence to a Spanish driving licence

The United Kingdom will cease to be a member of the European Union if BREXIT takes place. At that moment, all agreements related to driving licences will no longer be valid for UK nationals.

The DGT (Dirreción General de Trafico) advises that you get your driving licence changed over before the 31 January 2020. Although your UK driving licence will remain valid for a further period of nine months in Spain, the conditions to transfer to a Spanish one after BREXIT are unknown.

If you are living in Spain and want to transfer from a UK licence to a Spanish licence, it might be better to do it now. There is a standard protocol in place to exchange a UK licence for a Spanish licence now. After BREXIT, the UK and European countries would have to sign a new agreement to exchange driving licences.

The process is fairly straightforward and there are many people that will help you with the paperwork. Shop around though to make sure you are not over charged. The process takes around a month. You have to hand in your old UK licence and the DGT give you a temporary document, which you can show to the Spanish police if you are stopped, until your new Spanish licence arrives.

The DGT post your new licence to your postal address in Spain, meaning there is no need to return to the Regional Traffic Office to collect it.

If your UK driving licence has not expired, as mentioned above, you can continue to use it for up to nine months after BREXIT but the conditions to exchange it for a Spanish licence could change.

If you want to know more about changing your driving licence then you can read our article UK or Spanish driving licence.

Or for more detailed information on how to change your driving licence form UK to Spanish then we have produced a step-by-step guide to changing your driving licence.

Need help? You can contact us and depending on your location we might have a professional contact in your area that can help with the process.

How to change your EU driving licence to a Spanish driving licence

How to change your UK driving licence to a Spanish driving licence
How to change an EU driving licence to a Spanish driving licence yourself? If you need/want to change your driving licence from another EU country driving licence to a Spanish driving licence then you can either employ the services of a gestoría or you can do it yourself. Click this link if you want to change a UK driving licence to a Spanish driving licence.

How to change an EU driving licence to a Spanish licence

  1. Complete the application form

    You can download a copy of the application form to change from an EU to Spanish licence to spanish licence step by step 3

  2. Pay the appropriate Tax

    At the point of writing the tax is 28,30 euros. It can be paid by bank card at the Traffic department Office when you apply, by direct debit or in cash at a bank. You cannot pay by cash at the Traffic Office. The simplest way is to pay at the Traffic Office using your bank card.

  3. Identification

    You must provide proof of your identity. A valid identification card or Passport.

  4. Your Spanish residency document

    You will need to take your Spanish residency document. This could be the small green “Certificado de registro de Ciudadano de La Unión” card.

  5. Proof you are living in Spain

    You will need to prove you are living in Spain. This can be by way of a copy of the Padron. This shows you have registered at the Town Hall as a local resident. The document must be dated within the last three months to be accepted.

  6. Driving licence

    You will need to provide the original of your current driving licence.

  7. Photo

    A photo 32mmx26mm.

  8. Medical certificate

    You may need to also supply a medical certificate

    The medical certificate can be picked up and many different authorised locations. There are usually centres next to the Regional Traffic offices but there are also many centers throughout most towns which may be more convenient for you to use.
Once you have your paperwork ready you will need to make an appointment with the Regional Traffic Office. You cannot just turn up anymore. You need to arrange a prior appointment. Click the link to find out the process to make a prior appointment with the Regional Traffic office.

UK driving licences in Spain after 29 March 2019

UK driving licences in Spain after 29 March 2019

Although the Brexit deadline date is fast approaching the UK government only recently added information to its website regarding UK citizens using their UK driving licence in Spain.

According to the British Government website, if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal on the 29 March 2019 then you will not be able to exchange your UK driving licence for a Spanish one after that date

You will have to take a new driving test in Spain to obtain a Spanish licence.

If you wish to exchange your driving licence for a Spanish one then you can read our article on switching to a Spanish driving licence for guidance.

The Government website continues that, ” you might need an IDP to drive in all EU or EEA countries…” They provide a link to the AA website where you can find more information on International driving Permits.

According to the AA website mutual recognition of UK and EU driving licences may end. However, there is still nothing definitive.