New guidance has just been issued on the Gov.uk website about the event of a no deal Brexit and driving in Spain and the EU.
It provides a lot scenario type information, but in short it states that, after March 2019 if there’s no deal a UK driving licence may no longer be valid by itself when driving in the EU.
Additionally, if you move to another EU country to live, you may not be able to exchange your licence after the UK has left the EU.
Whilst the expectation, and hope, is that a deal can and will be reached, there is no certainty.
If you hold a UK licence and live in Spain and plan to continue to do so, or are planning to, it would be wise to consider options that you have now, before Brexit, to make sure you don’t find yourself caught short after Brexit in the event of a no deal.
An International Driving Permit is an option for a short term fix, if we do indeed, end up in a no deal Brexit. In Spain this can be applied for at the DGT, and in the UK in the Post Office. To apply at the DGT, you need to have a residency certificate.
Anyone with a UK driving licence and currently living in Spain, can exchange it for a Spanish one and avoid any issues driving in Spain whatever the outcome of Brexit.
If you would like help exchanging your UK licence, for a Spanish one, get in touch and ask for our free DIY guide.