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Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 11:40am
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garyc7907

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Hola everyone, can anybody tell me the latest farcical situation reference the use of our UK Driving Licence in Spain and its possible solution?? I am sure there are many British ex-patriots that are currently stuck in “no man’s land” with the current ruling with no method of transport other than begging lifts from friends, neighbour’s or getting a taxi?? Surely this situation has gone on long enough for everyone.?? Is it worth getting a “provisional” Spanish driving licence and doing a few lessons and then taking a driving test?? Any advice would be gratefully received 🙂👍

tebo53

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 12:03pm

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Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 12:03pm

garyc7907 wrote on Sun Nov 20, 2022 11:40am:

Hola everyone, can anybody tell me the latest farcical situation reference the use of our UK Driving Licence in Spain and its possible solution?? I am sure there are many British ex-patriots that are currently stuck in “no man’s land” with the current ruling with no method of transport othe...

...r than begging lifts from friends, neighbour’s or getting a taxi?? Surely this situation has gone on long enough for everyone.?? Is it worth getting a “provisional” Spanish driving licence and doing a few lessons and then taking a driving test?? Any advice would be gratefully received 🙂👍

There has been no movement forward on the driving licence situation. 

Steve 

garyc7907

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 12:15pm

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Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 12:15pm

tebo53 wrote on Sun Nov 20, 2022 12:03pm:

There has been no movement forward on the driving licence situation. 

Steve 

Hola Steve, thank you for responding so quickly to my query it’s greatly appreciated even if it’s bad news!?!?! 🤔🤦‍♂️🙂👍

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Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 12:25pm

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Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 12:25pm

The attached article was in the news a couple of days ago:

https://murciatoday.com/november-19-significant-step-forward-in-driving-licence-issue-for-uk-nationals-spain_1898254-a.html?Banner=18,63

Not a agreement signed as yet and there have been "breakthroughs" announced before, hopefully for those affected this will proceed soon.

Aitch.

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Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 12:35pm

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Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 12:35pm

garyc7907 wrote on Sun Nov 20, 2022 11:40am:

Hola everyone, can anybody tell me the latest farcical situation reference the use of our UK Driving Licence in Spain and its possible solution?? I am sure there are many British ex-patriots that are currently stuck in “no man’s land” with the current ruling with no method of transport othe...

...r than begging lifts from friends, neighbour’s or getting a taxi?? Surely this situation has gone on long enough for everyone.?? Is it worth getting a “provisional” Spanish driving licence and doing a few lessons and then taking a driving test?? Any advice would be gratefully received 🙂👍

"Is it worth getting a “provisional” Spanish driving licence"

There are no provisional driving licences in Spain, the only people you can drive with is an instructor.

Steve 

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garyc7907

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 1:20pm

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Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 1:20pm

tebo53 wrote on Sun Nov 20, 2022 12:35pm:

"Is it worth getting a “provisional” Spanish driving licence"

There are no provisional driving licences in Spain, the only people you can drive with is an instructor.

Steve 

Hola Steve, just to clarify your previous statement, does this mean that when you take driving lessons in Spain you do not need a licence at all; as long as you are with a Driving Instructor???

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Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 1:59pm

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Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 1:59pm

garyc7907 wrote on Sun Nov 20, 2022 1:20pm:

Hola Steve, just to clarify your previous statement, does this mean that when you take driving lessons in Spain you do not need a licence at all; as long as you are with a Driving Instructor???

Hi Gary,

Based on my neighbour's recent experience, who passed his practical test on Friday, that is correct.  First of all, he had to register with a driving school, taking his TIE, Padrón and 2 coloured photos.  Then he spent several weeks learning in the classroom to prepare him for taking the driving theory test, which he had to pass before being allowed to take to the road.  Several driving lessons later with a qualified instructor, he took his practical test last week - he's been issued with a document confirming his pass result, which he has to carry in his car until his card licence is issued to him via the driving school.

Bearing in mind the British Embassy's announcement in June that everything had been resolved and just needed to be ratified by each Government, even if things progress smoothly from now on, I can see it being several months more before the legalities are completed.  In Hugh Elliott's words, "We will now take forward the remaining steps including legal checks, securing ministerial approval on both sides, which for Spain is by the Consejo de Ministros (the Spanish Cabinet), and the necessary treaty processes and formal exchanges".  That doesn't sound to me like a process which is likely to be completed this side of Christmas, but I sincerely hope I'm proved wrong.

Kind regards,

Kim

Darro

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 2:40pm

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Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 2:40pm

My money is on it not being fully resolved before the anniversary of the ban which was May IIRC.

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Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 4:04pm

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Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 4:04pm

garyc7907 wrote on Sun Nov 20, 2022 11:40am:

Hola everyone, can anybody tell me the latest farcical situation reference the use of our UK Driving Licence in Spain and its possible solution?? I am sure there are many British ex-patriots that are currently stuck in “no man’s land” with the current ruling with no method of transport othe...

...r than begging lifts from friends, neighbour’s or getting a taxi?? Surely this situation has gone on long enough for everyone.?? Is it worth getting a “provisional” Spanish driving licence and doing a few lessons and then taking a driving test?? Any advice would be gratefully received 🙂👍

The latest information was posted on the Brits in Spain Facebook page 2 days ago.

garyc7907

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2022 9:25am

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Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2022 9:25am

Kimmy11 wrote on Sun Nov 20, 2022 1:59pm:

Hi Gary,

Based on my neighbour's recent experience, who passed his practical test on Friday, that is correct.  First of all, he had to register with a driving school, taking his TIE, Padrón and 2 coloured photos.  Then he spent several weeks learning in the classroom to prepare him for taking t...

...he driving theory test, which he had to pass before being allowed to take to the road.  Several driving lessons later with a qualified instructor, he took his practical test last week - he's been issued with a document confirming his pass result, which he has to carry in his car until his card licence is issued to him via the driving school.

Bearing in mind the British Embassy's announcement in June that everything had been resolved and just needed to be ratified by each Government, even if things progress smoothly from now on, I can see it being several months more before the legalities are completed.  In Hugh Elliott's words, "We will now take forward the remaining steps including legal checks, securing ministerial approval on both sides, which for Spain is by the Consejo de Ministros (the Spanish Cabinet), and the necessary treaty processes and formal exchanges".  That doesn't sound to me like a process which is likely to be completed this side of Christmas, but I sincerely hope I'm proved wrong.

Kind regards,

Kim

Hola Kim, apologies for the delay in responding to your message. Now that’s what I call an informative and eloquent reply to my question, thank you so much for taking the time to provide that information it’s greatly appreciated.  I don’t want to purchase a car until I know which direction the Spanish Government is taking in respect to our Driving Licences.  Would you be kind enough to take note of my username and if you get any further information on this subject be kind enough to update me please?? Your assistance in this subject matter is greatly appreciated 🙂👍

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