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Last update 15-02-2021

Renewal of an EU driving licence

What you need to know

Your European licence is valid in Spain and you can drive and keep it as long as it is in date. Before it expires, you must take steps to renew your European licence at our offices(Abre en nueva ventana) . Remember, your driving licence is not valid to drive in Spain if it is restricted, suspended or withdrawn in the issuing Member State or in Spain. If this is so, you cannot apply for renewal.

If your driving licence has an indefinite period of validity (no expiry date), or is valid more than 15 years for group 1 (AM, A1, A2, A, B and BE), or more than five years for group 2 (C1, C1E, C, CE, D1, D1E, D and DE), you must renew it two years after establishing your ordinary residence in Spain.

At the start of this procedure, your original licence is withdrawn and we issue you with a provisional Spanish licence equivalent to the one which you held in your country. You will receive your definitive licence in approximately one-and-a-half months. We will post it to you at your home address.

It is always compulsory to renew your European licence in the country of your ordinary residence.

Otherwise, if you held a Spanish licence and your ordinary residence is in another EU Member State, or you are temporarily resident there as a student (for at least six months), you must renew your licence in the Member State in which you are residing.

Important: Now that the UK has left the EU, British driving licences cease to be valid for driving in Spain from 31 December 2020. If you are resident in our country and wish to continue driving on our roads, you must exchange or renew your licence or replace it with a Spanish one before that date.(Abre en nueva ventana)

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What do you need to renew your licence?

  • What do you need to renew your licence?

    To renew your licence, you must attend in person and hand in all the documentation at any main police station or traffic office(Abre en nueva ventana) . You need to book an appointment(Abre en nueva ventana) using the application form for renewal of EU/EEA licences. Make sure you request the option ‘Driving licence renewal (EU/EEA only).’ A fee is payable for this procedure.

    On the day of your appointment, bring

    • Your completed official application form with you(Abre en nueva ventana) . This includes a declaration that you are not disqualified by court order from driving motor vehicles and mopeds, that you do not hold another EU, UK or EEA licence of the same category as that for which you are applying, and that none has been restricted, suspended or withdrawn.
    • The applicant’s identity document: an original, current document proving identity and residence is required. This is a current identity card or passport and any other document requested by the police station where the exchange application is being handled.
    • On the official form, you can expressly authorise the DGT to verify your address on the electoral roll and for economic activity tax (IAE) online. However, if the DGT cannot trace valid information, you must bring corroborating documentation.
    • A report of mental and physical fitness issued by an authorised driving test centre is required.
    • Bring your current foreign driving licence for exchange.
    • Produce the number or proof of payment of fee 4.3, EUR 24.10 for the year 2020. You can pay by credit card, not cash, at our offices.
    • Bring an original current colour photograph, size 32 x 26 mm, on a plain background, taken from the front, with the head uncovered and no dark glasses or clothing which might make it difficult or impossible to identify you.

    If you keep your head covered for religious reasons, photographs with a veil are allowed, but the oval of your face must be fully visible uncovered from the hairline to the chin, so that it is not difficult or impossible to identify you.

  • Who can do this?

    Anyone ordinarily resident in Spain holding a driving licence from:

    • an EU Member State;
    • the UK (until 31.12.2020);
    • the EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).

    The licence holder or any appointed proxy must lodge the renewal application.

    Through our authorisations register, you can appoint someone else as a proxy to act on your behalf.(Abre en nueva ventana)

    If someone else is going to complete the procedure on your behalf, please state the applicant’s and the proxy’s identity card numbers when you telephone 060 to book the appointment.

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Authority responsible for the information

Ministry of the Interior
Directorate-General for Traffic