UK driving licence holders in Spain have been granted an extension by the UK’s DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency).
According to the DVLA, if you are a permanent resident in Spain but still haven’t changed your UK driving licence to the Spanish equivalent, you will be happy to hear about the 7-month extension that has been granted.
UK photocard driving licences that have an expiry date between February 1, 2020, and August 31, 2020, will automatically be extended for seven months, from the expiry date.
The extension will be automatic and drivers will be sent a renewal reminder before their seven-month extension ends, so the licence holder doesn’t need to take any action.
If you have already applied online to renew your photocard licence, this will still be processed as normal.
If however, you have sent a paper application to renew your photocard, you will find there will be a delay, but, in the meantime, the seven-month extension will apply.
Please note that this extension applies only to the photocard renewal date. It does not apply to licences where the driver’s entitlement to drive is due to expire. If as the driver you wish to continue driving, you will need to renew your licence in the normal way.
Please remember that if you are a permanent resident in Spain, by law you should have changed your licence from a UK one to the Spanish equivalent.
You can read the official press release here.
January 14, 2021