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

If you need/want to change your driving licence from another EU driving licence to a Spanish driving licence then you can either employ the services of a gestoría or you can do it yourself.

Here is the process if you want to do it yourself.

In order to apply you should prepare the following:

  1. A completed application form. You can download one here.
  2. Pay the 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 Offcie using your bank card.
  3. You must provide proof of your identity. A valid identification card or Passport.
  4. Your residency document.
  5. You will need to prove you are living in Spain. This will be 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. Your current driving licence
  7. A photo 32mmx26mm. (Please note this is a different size to those for a UK Passport. Make sure you take the right size).
  8. You may need to also supply a medical certificate*

*The medical certificate can be picked up and many different authorised locations. The purpose of the medical is to prove you are fit to drive. However, as the process of exchanging your driving licence can take some time in certain areas, it might be advisable to wait until the new driving licence is ready to pick up before taking the test. Otherwise you may find you pay for the test and it will have expired before your new licence is ready. You will then have to take a new medical test and pay again.

Getting the application form

You will need to make an appointment to ask for the change of driving licence at your nearest Traffic Office. You must make a prior appointment, you cannot just call in.

To make an appointment visit the website of the Directorate General de Trafico. Once on the webiste you will need to scroll the screen down. Look in the third column for the phrase canje de permisos.

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This will open the page below. On this page you need to scroll down and print off the application form.

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Here you can download the form in the language required. Castellano will be the option for the majority of Spain. Print off the form and complete it with your details. There is no English version.

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Now, complete the form as indicated in the image above. Tick the box renovación de permiso comunitario and don’t forget to sign the form at the bottom.

To make the appointment you will need to pre-book it on the internet. Scroll back up this page until you see this:

Making a pre-booked appointment

Click the link and select the appropriate Traffic office for you.

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Then make sure you choose the correct option from the box marked “Tipo de trámite”. You want to select “canje de permiso de condución europeo”

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Then select the country from where your current driving licence has been issued:

In case you are unsure the UK = Reino Unido.

Check you have selected the correct Traffic office and that “tipode trámite” is “Canje de permiso de conducción europeo”. The next step is to click the black button “continuar” on the right hand side.

You will then see this screen (This screen appears if you apply in Malaga. It might not be the same all over the country).

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Look at the headings “Periodo en el que deseo solicitar” and select the correct date range. Then click the black button “buscar”. If you have made an error click “volver”.

The box “Area Canjes” will pop up after you press “buscar”. This is confirming that you are requesting to change an EU licence. Press “continuar”.

Now complete this form.

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You will need to tick the box. By doing so you authorise that they can collate your information you are submitting to make the pre-booked appointment in their system for the purpose of checking your residency.

To confirm you want to organise a pre-booked appointment click “solicitar”

To clear the form and start again click the black button on the right marked “limpiar”

To cancel the whole process click “cancelar”

If you press “continuar” you will then see a screen like the one below:

Here we have five blue boxes representing different days. Each box indicates how many appointments are available on that day. Click the dropdown box to see the appointment times. For example:

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Select the date and time that is most convenient for you or select “volver” to return to the previous screen.

Once you have selected your date and time a black button “continuar” will appear below the entry. Click this to confirm.

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Do not forget to take your paperwork and remember, if you are paying the taxes at the Regional traffic Office when you apply, you can not pay by cash. Make sure you remember to take your bank card.

If this all seems too much then do not worry. There are plenty of Gestoria’s and solicitors that will help you for a fee. Shop around to get a good price and/or ask your Expat neighbours who they used.

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