When you take up residence in Spain, you are required to either register your your UK driving licence with the Spanish traffic authority, the DGT (Direccion General de Trafico), or exchange it for a Spanish licence.
The following link takes you to a guide provided by the DGT.
Canje de Permisos – Ingles
It is written in English, however, its not entirely clear, so we’ve summarised below the key points regarding the documents you’ll need and the process, based on our experience doing these.
Passport (and copy must be in date)
Photo x 2 (ESP carnet size)
Original UK licence
Medical certificate (not needed in all cases)
Residency certificate (and copy of front and back)
Padron (certificado de empadronamiento (dated within the last 3 months)
National Insurance Number
Photo document (provided when you present your application at DGT)
Gather all your docs and get your photos.
Find a recognised centre to take your medical. This is not mandatory, however without it your new Spanish licence will be valid only until the date you current UK photo card licence expires. With the medical you will be issued a 10 year Spanish photo card licence.
Note: If you have had your residency certificate for less than 1 year, your Spanish licence will be issued valid until either the 2 year anniversary of the date you got your residency, or the expiry date of your current photocard licence, whichever is sooner.
Book your appointment at the DGT on their website, or by calling 060.
Pay the fee. This can be done online. Remember to save / print off the receipt. (Justificante de pago).
Pago de Tasas
Attend your appointment and present your application. (Make sure when you sign the photo doc, that your signature is completely inside the box). You will be issued with a temporary licence (valid 3 months) until original comes through. This is can take anything from 4 – 12 weeks or more. With the increase in UK licence exchange applications due to Brexit, we recommend you be prepared that your licence may take more than 12 weeks to arrive
You can check the progress of your licence exchange here:
Servicio de Conductores