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The Spanish Government approves the reciprocal recognition and exchange of driving licenses with UK

British drivers residing in the Spain can now apply for their equivalent driving license, reports the DGT. The same happens with the Spanish living in UK. Since Brexit occurred, these procedures were frozen until this week when the Spanish and British governments signed a cooperation agreement. The Council of Ministers has finally approved the agreement by which Spain and the United Kingdom will proceed to the reciprocal recognition and exchange of driving licenses as well as the exchange of information on traffic offenses in terms of road safety. The agreement establishes that all the permits from the frozen procedures can be exchanged, while the new ones require that the permits have been issued in the country where the applicant had his legal residence. With this pact, those British citizens residing in Spain who had not had their driving license recognized before Brexit, nor in the successive extensions granted, will be able to do so as of Thursday, March 16th. To facilitate administrative processing at the provincial traffic headquarters, a period of six months has been granted during which British citizens can circulate in Spain with their original permit while they process the exchange. In addition, Spain and the United Kingdom undertake to provide each other with information on the data of the vehicles and their owners for the purpose of investigating traffic offences.


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