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Driving Licence (UK) to Spanish Licence

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Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:09pm
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RayHelen2016

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Location: Villamartin

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Hi there can anyone help. Me and my husband are from the UK. We have bought a house in Villamartin with the intention of living 6 months in Spain and 6 months UK.

We have booked our residencia for first week of Nov.

We have a Spanish plated car in my husbands name.

Do we need to change our UK licence over to a Spanish driving licence? even though we are staying less than 183 days in Spain.

The last thing we would ever want to do is give up our UK driving licence for a Spanish one!

And help appreciated. Many thanks

Mr Chips

Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:18pm

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Location: Catral

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Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:18pm

If you decide to apply for a Spanish driving licence you have no choice you will have to give up your British licence because trafico returns it to DVLA. 

tebo53

tebo53

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Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:41pm

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Location: Benidorm

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Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:41pm

RayHelen2016 wrote:

Hi there can anyone help. Me and my husband are from the UK. We have bought a house in Villamartin with the intention of living 6 months in Spain and 6 months UK.

We have booked our residencia for first week of Nov.

We have a Spanish plated car in my husbands name.

Do we need to change our UK licence over to a Spanish driving licence? even though we are staying less than 183 days in Spain.

The last thing we would ever want to do is give up our UK driving licence for a Spanish one!

And help appreciated. Many thanks

You are supposed to apply for a Spanish driving licence after you have lived in Spain permanently for 2 years.

You should be ok to keep your UK licence. 

I don't think you can be official residents of Spain and the UK at the same time!! You will have to eventually decide whether you are residents of Spain or UK

Relyat

Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:42pm

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Location: Denia

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Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:42pm

RayHelen2016 wrote:

Hi there can anyone help. Me and my husband are from the UK. We have bought a house in Villamartin with the intention of living 6 months in Spain and 6 months UK.

We have booked our residencia for first week of Nov.

We have a Spanish plated car in my husbands name.

Do we need to change our UK licence over to a Spanish driving licence? even though we are staying less than 183 days in Spain.

The last thing we would ever want to do is give up our UK driving licence for a Spanish one!

And help appreciated. Many thanks

I take it that you haven't read"Jim's guide" 

Kimmy11

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Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:24pm

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Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:24pm

RayHelen2016 wrote:

Hi there can anyone help. Me and my husband are from the UK. We have bought a house in Villamartin with the intention of living 6 months in Spain and 6 months UK.

We have booked our residencia for first week of Nov.

We have a Spanish plated car in my husbands name.

Do we need to change our UK licence over to a Spanish driving licence? even though we are staying less than 183 days in Spain.

The last thing we would ever want to do is give up our UK driving licence for a Spanish one!

And help appreciated. Many thanks

So long as you don't exceed 183 days in Spain in any one tax year (1st January to 31st December), you can retain your UK driving licence (if you should exceed 183 days, then the 2 year countdown begins, because you go from having Extranjeros listing to Fiscal resident).  Whilst you've said this is your preference, it would be worthwhile reading Jim Taylor's guide on the subject, as there's some useful info about what you can and can't do legally:

https://www.costablancaforum.com/area/almorad%C3%AD-spain-11/driving-hire-buying-owning-car-licences-documents-itv-testing-in-almorad%C3%AD-14/jims-guide-exchange-a-uk-driving-license-for-spanish-41247/

Kind regards,

Kim

Relyat

Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:40am

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Location: Denia

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Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:40am

Don't confuse the three issues, as others have done.

1) After 90 days, or at the start of your stay if you anticipate it being in excess of 90 days, you must sign on the foreigners register, aka Residency.

2) After 183 days in one year, not necessarily consecutive, you are considered a tax resident, this is automatic.

3) Driving licence, read the guide.

tebo53

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Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:40am

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Location: Benidorm

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Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:40am

Who is confused? Show me a reply that shows confusion.

The OP asked about driving licences. I suspect that you are confusing the issue!

RayHelen2016

RayHelen2016

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Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:43am

Posts: 66

Location: Villamartin

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Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:43am

Thanks for the info. We are already clued up on residency, tax etc it was just the driving licence we wanted clarification on. Did you attach a link as I can't see anything on here. 

Regards 

RayHelen2016

RayHelen2016

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Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:52am

Posts: 66

Location: Villamartin

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Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:52am

tebo53 wrote:

You are supposed to apply for a Spanish driving licence after you have lived in Spain permanently for 2 years.

You should be ok to keep your UK licence. 

I don't think you can be official residents of Spain and the UK at the same time!! You will have to eventually decide whether you are residents of Spain or UK

Thanks for this. It goes without saying I would want to keep my residency in the UK and we will use our home in Spain as a holiday home if needs be. 

Regards 

Relyat

Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:18am

Posts: 60

Location: Denia

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Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:18am

tebo53 wrote:

Who is confused? Show me a reply that shows confusion.

The OP asked about driving licences. I suspect that you are confusing the issue!

I take it that you didn't bother to read every reply, had you done so it would be obvious.

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