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Medical required to renew Driving Licence in Spain

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Medical required to renew Driving Licence in Spain

Post Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 6:05 pm

Read various notes about keeping UK Driving Licence and having it stamped in Spain - or applying for Spanish Licence.

We will fall into section of ages 45 - 70 years when we eventually get moved to Spain. As I read it - a licence issued in Spain must be re-newed every 5 years and that a medical is required.

So am I correct in that although I have a licence in UK now which is valid until I am 70 years - when resident in Spain this same licence is only valid for 5 years after which I have to re-apply?

Has anyone gone through the medical required to do this ? - is it very thorough ? or more like a statement from local doctor ?

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Re: Medical required to renew Driving Licence in Spain

Post Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:47 pm

Hello Topsy,
Nice to see that your are still asking the questions LOL, Right to answer your question ,

If you are an EU resident and hold an EU driving Licence, your licence is valid in the EU. Once you take up residence in another EU country your licence is still valid but here in Spain you must get your UK licence stamped by Traffico with a covering letter. Your UK licence is still valid until you are 65 years old, it is at this point you will have to conform with Spanish law reguarding Driving licences.

You will have to make an application to renew your driving licence accompanied by a full medical, and reaction test, this costs about 45 euros at this time.

Some insurance companies suggest that it is better for you to make an application for a change of driving licence from a UK issued licence to a Spanish driving licence, as you are a resident of Spain so your driving licence reflects this fact as it has your Spanish home address on it.

As you know in the UK if you move house and your driving licence shows your old address on it you can be breaking the law and can be fined for this offence. Well this law also applies in the EU countries as well. So it is up to you to decide on how you want to proceed.

I hope this has answered your question, good luck.

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Re: Medical required to renew Driving Licence in Spain

Post Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 4:14 am

Hello Countryboy,
Thanks for reply - okay, now understand - valid until 65 years - then renew (with medical) taking me to age 70. After this from what I can gather the renewal (with medical) is then every 2 years.

Has anyone out there actually been for the medical required to renew a licence ?
Would really like to hear what was required - was it a designated doctor/centre - or more of a certificate from own doctor ?



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Re: Medical required to renew Driving Licence in Spain

Post Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:35 pm

My Partner changed his DL this year in Alicante got the forms for changing UK DL to Spanish DL on internet needed NIE ceryificate, padron and Residencia card with photocopies, also as well as medical certificate and 2 photos. You can get the medical done opposite Trafico they had about 3 shops in a row that done the medical all it consists of is a eye test and a go on the computer stimulator which is 2 lines with a white dot in the middle and you have to keep the white dot in between the lines. They also ask you some medical questions about your health. Get Brian Dellers motoring in spain book it tells you how to download form of internet well worth the money. Remember they take your Uk licence of you and issue you with a temperary one and cannot drive in the UK till your permanent one comes through. cost 27E for the medical and around 16E for the Licence, my partner is 70 so had to change his DL as his UK one had expired


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Re: Medical required to renew Driving Licence in Spain

Post Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 9:05 pm

Hello Crazy,
Thanks for the first hand information.
No particular reason at present - but it is quite a worrying little niggle for when we move out, as we intend after a short over-lapping period, to become resident - and the unknown is IF for some reason we could not drive in Spain !
So what your partner has had to do to change his licence sounds very encouraging.
Cost wasn't the concern - but it ties up with the information from Countryboy.
I think it must be the weather - and our plans are not progressing just as quickly as we hoped - makes me sit back and add up age by the time we get everything organised - and then WHOW - could end up not far off the expiry date of the UK licence.

So obviously I should now put that at the back of the list and not dwell on the maybe's !



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