U.K. Driving licence.

Post reply   Start new thread
:: New - Old :: Old - New

Pages: 1 | 2 | Next |

Forum home :: Latest threads :: Search forums
The Comments
27 Sep 2012 23:39 by Alan63 Star rating in Orihuela. 50 posts Send private message

Alan63´s avatar

After reading some posts about Driving licences I have a question. Has anyone actualy been fined for driving with a eglish licence while being a resident here or is this all nothing but chit chat?



_______________________
Just enjoy life!



Like 0      
28 Sep 2012 00:19 by sunseeker44 Star rating. 1 posts Send private message

Hi Alan

We have a house and a quad bike in Spain but are not resident.  Last April my husband was stopped by police and issued with a ticket for not having a Spanish licence as they insisted he must be a resident.  After several trips to Malago Traffico we were told that we had to get a Certificate of non residence from our local police station saying that we did not need a Spanish licence.  We then presented this back at Malaga Traffico, along with a form explaining in Spanish why we did not have to have a Spanish licence.  When I asked if the fine would now be cancelled I was told there were four options: 1.  Come back in three weeks and ask.  2.  They would write to us in England to tell us that the fine was cancelled.  3.  They would write to us in England demanding that we still pay the fine.  4.  We would not hear anything more from them.  To date we have not heard anything so assume that the fine has been cancelled.  Unfortunately the certificate of non residence is only valid for three months so it is already out of date.  I guess if we get stopped again we will have to go through the whole process again.  Great Joy!





Like 0      
30 Sep 2012 20:37 by Nicky71 Star rating in Orihuela/Sussex. 37 posts Send private message

Nicky71´s avatar

Hi Al,

       My partner was stopped told to get his licence changed by the police or else! he did what he was told and was stopped again some time later with no probs. He wasnt fined but I hate to think what would have happened if he hadnt dealt with it.

asta pronto. 



_______________________
Cheers Luv



Like 0      
30 Sep 2012 21:36 by Alan63 Star rating in Orihuela. 50 posts Send private message

Alan63´s avatar

Well the Police in Redovan know Steve quite well.



_______________________
Just enjoy life!



Like 0      
30 Sep 2012 21:40 by k 5ive Star rating in Cambrils. 116 posts Send private message

it is a European Licence which means it is valid all over Europe untill it runs out. It must then be changed for a Licence where you are resident. I have just changed for a Spanish but only because the UK one ran out. I have been stopped on the UK licence produced it and all was fine.





Like 0      
23 Jan 2013 21:27 by fyfin Star rating in Turre Almeria. 54 posts Send private message

fyfin´s avatar

Has anyone heard that a new law has been brought in very recently (I think 19.01.2013) which states that Spanish Residents with a UK driving licence have to take a medical irrespective of age and then have their UK (Eu) licence endorsed or registered by Trafico.





Like 0      
23 Jan 2013 22:21 by bobaol Star rating. 2256 posts Send private message

bobaol´s avatar
Have a look at the Driving in Spain thread from the 20th Jan.



Like 0      
24 Jan 2013 06:11 by fyfin Star rating in Turre Almeria. 54 posts Send private message

fyfin´s avatar

Thank you Bob _ will search for it now.





Like 0      
24 Jan 2013 07:58 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5247 posts Send private message

Fyfin

Has anyone heard that a new law has been brought in very recently (I think 19.01.2013) which states that Spanish Residents with a UK driving licence have to take a medical irrespective of age and then have their UK (Eu) licence endorsed or registered by Trafico.

According to people like David Deller author of Motoring in Spain, it has always been a requirement, that if one is driving on a UK D/L then they must have a valid medical certificate, just like those driving on a Spanish DL.





Like 0      
24 Jan 2013 13:06 by solwayiceman Star rating in Scotland. 50 posts Send private message

Hi Alan63 yes is the answer to your question a friend of mine was fined 500e last year in Algorfa at a checkpoint by the Guardia because she was a resident and she was driving a Spanish reg car and she was told she should know better, I know this because I changed her UK driving licence over at Trafico at Alicante. This thread is getting boaring If you are a resident just change it its so easy and cheap then you can use it as ID as it has your NIE on it. The new law 19/01/2013 is for paper licences but why are people holding on to thier UK licences if they are residents what benefits are they to you here ? none as far as I can see. Embrace your new country Spain is so wonderful and some of you need to get out more and get a life stop moaning, be happy. 



_______________________
You know it makes sense. GJC Services.es.



Like 0      
24 Jan 2013 13:24 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5247 posts Send private message

I have spoken to the Guardia Civil, a UK resident is not required to change his/her DL to a Spanish one, but they are required to have a current medical cert in the vehicle.
 
I know someone who was also fined,  that was why I asked the Police.
 
It occurred to me afterwards that most (many / some) insurance policies have cover for fines. Maybe if one is affected they could try their insurance company for help-
 
(I changed my DL many years ago as I believed that as I lived here it would be better to part of the crowd and not ‘stand out’)





Like 0      
24 Jan 2013 14:07 by fyfin Star rating in Turre Almeria. 54 posts Send private message

fyfin´s avatar

Solwayiceman, well said and I probably will change it if the buggers ever let me have residencia (well I know it's not but it's easier to say than signing on the Registro Central de Extranjeros). I agree that it seems the easiest way and as I have no intention of going back to the UK then it makes sense especiallyt as it appears we have to have a medical anyway and take the little co-ordination test.

On the "residencia" front I had a totally different experience today, got a lovely relaxed guy who said everything was in order, why didn't I get him last week!!!!





Like 0      
25 Jan 2013 07:56 by Kathyslad Star rating. 329 posts Send private message

Johnzx

"I have spoken to the Guardia Civil, a UK resident is not required to change his/her DL to a Spanish one, but they are required to have a current medical cert in the vehicle."

Can I just clarify, did you mean to write a UK resident, or did you mean a resident ( of Spain) with a UK licence.





Like 0      
25 Jan 2013 09:35 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5247 posts Send private message

 

I have no doubt that even Kathyslad understood it was UK citizens (and other EU citizens) who are resident in Spain.
 
“None so blind as those that will not see.”

 

 

 





Like 0      
25 Jan 2013 09:49 by bobaol Star rating. 2256 posts Send private message

bobaol´s avatar

 And I think the different driving licenses are confusing people.  According to the manager of trafico in Alicante

Not all residents have to renovate their UK driving licenses.  All resident who have the European driving license, that is the plastic card with the date of expiry on the front of the card, don't have to renew their UK driving licenses.  Their driving license is correct.  But those residents who have the old format UK driving license, that is a paper, they need to go to Trafico to renovate their licenses.

He also stated that all European residents who have been living in Spain for more than 2 years, and had not got the European driving license, had to be inscribed in the office of Trafico in Malaga. The inscription means that they have to renovate their UK licenses. For doing that, they need to go to Trafico and hand in the following documents: application form of renovation, pay taxes of renovation (less that 30€), medical certificate, and a photo. In case the residents don't update their UK licenses in Trafico, they will be fined with 200€.

And I'd have thought the previous link to europa eu with law 10-3 would have explained all this and avoided the confusion as it is pretty self explanatory.  

(Although I did have the new style UK license with the photo and stars, I did change my license to a Spanish one.  The only drawback was that DVLA took over 3 months to process it and send it back)

 





Like 0      
25 Jan 2013 10:54 by tamaraessex Star rating in Colmenar, Malaga. 508 posts Send private message

tamaraessex´s avatar
And as that Spanish licence is of course an EU licence, it is equally valid in the UK and everywhere else.mmsp I can see no reason NOT to change, even for those of us who visit the UK regularly.m yes I understand that the new regulation confirms that we don't HAVE to. But all logic says that however good our language skills in normal settings, when explaining the complexities of why we still have a foreign licence to a police officer who isn't 100% up to speed on the detail, I'm more confident explaining my Spanish licence to an English police officer, than trying to explain a UK licence to a Spanish one!

_______________________

 Blog about settling into a village house in the Axarquía. http://www.eyeonspain.com/blogs/tamara.aspx




Like 0      
25 Jan 2013 11:57 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5247 posts Send private message

 And I think the different driving licenses are confusing people
 
 
Anyway, as from 19th Jan 2013 there should be no problem,  as we will all be issued with an EU   D/L.
 
http://ec.europa.eu/transport/road_safety/behavior/driving_licence_en.htm





Like 0      
25 Jan 2013 15:59 by guslopez Star rating in Lorca, Murcia.. 745 posts Send private message

I would be very wary as the info that Trafico in Malaga are saying is incorrect.
This ;
" Not all residents have to renovate their UK licenses. All residents who have the European driving license, that is the plastic card with the date of expiration in the front side, don't have to renew their UK licenses."

Is utter nonsense.

A UK licence does not expire until the age of 70. The 'expiry' shown on the front is when the photo requires renewing. If you do not renew the photo the licence is still valid. The licence will always be valid until renewal at age 70 .
Remember , in the UK  there is no requirement to carry your driving licence therefore unless you are stopped & given a producer no one will ever know your licence photo is outdated.

Regardless of what Trafico say the onus is on you to be correct & in the event of a death/serious injury accident that results in a court case the second thing they will ask for, after your licence, if you are a Brit; German or Norwegian , is for a current medical certificate.
All ins.co; lawyers know that the BRits, Germans & Norwegians who are residents, require a certificate to keep their home country licences legal in Spain.



_______________________

Todos somos Lorca.




Like 0      
25 Jan 2013 16:11 by kathyslad Star rating. 329 posts Send private message

 The letter on Brian Dellers website from Trafico, confirming what Gus says about needing the medical is dated October 2004. I've had a copy in my glovebox for about 5 years , together with my medical certificate.





Like 0      
25 Jan 2013 16:56 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5247 posts Send private message

Those who drive using a non Spanish  licence need a valid medial certificate, which complies with the rules for those with Spanish Licences.  

   This varies according to age and whether it is the first or subsequent DL.  Thus for a person aged under 65 the cert (and the DL) must be renewed after 5 years,  After that it is every 10 years.       Over 65,   3 years and 5 years.

 

Note., The fact that it says on the cert that it is valid for only 3 months, is in relation to applying for a Spanish DL.   That is:-  It must be applied for within  that period.

 

This is the (I hope up to date) info.

                          

Menores 65 años

5 años

10 años

Mayores 65

3 años

5 años

PS there was some confusion about how long the Spanish DL lasts for 65 year olds and over.  My friend got 5 years whenI applied, a couple of months later,  in Nov 2011,  I got 3 years, (God bless Spain !!!! )





Like 0      

Pages: 1 | 2 | Next |

Post reply    Start new thread


Previous Threads

When the family come to visit - they won't all fit in the car. - 1 posts
Ryanair Flights - 2 posts
Spanish TV in the community - 1 posts
BRITISH DRIVING LICENCE AND RESIDENCE - 0 posts
Exporting ypur Spanish car to the U.K. - 0 posts
Temoporary Structures, What are the rules? - 1 posts
FIAT PUNTO - 1 posts
what happens if you have lost your nie? - 2 posts
BRITTANY FERRIES STRIKE - READ IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING UP TO 28 SEPTEMBER - 0 posts
BRITTANY FERRIES STRIKE - READ IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING UP TO 28 SEPTEMBER - 0 posts
Mastercard - 1 posts
greedy wife stealing inheritance from children - 0 posts
Form 210 Joint Property Ownership - 6 posts
Registering with a doctor - 11 posts
Tenants rights - 2 posts
Hi. New guy here looking to move to Spain eventually - 33 posts
Hello. I am new to this forum and would like some advice please - 0 posts
British driving licence and Residence in Spain - 245 posts
Large Hi Roof van leaving nw,eng for murcia oct 15th - 3 posts
garden work - 0 posts
What are your thoughts on Spain's economic crisis? - 78 posts
DEPOSITS ON RENTAL CONTRACTS - 3 posts
Community fees - Monthly service charges in arrears - 15 posts
Horse meat, would you eat it? - 86 posts
Expats in Catalunya. What if.....? - 35 posts

Number of posts in this thread: 37

DISCLAIMER:  All opinions posted on these message boards are the opinion solely of the poster and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Eye on Spain, its servants or agents.


1 | 2 |
Our Weekly Email Digest
Name:  
Email:
   


This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse you are agreeing to our use of cookies. More information here. x