The British Embassy in Madrid has confirmed that Spanish authorities have extended the period of validity of British driving licenses in Spain for the third time. The talks on a license swap are due “to conclude as soon as possible” but are “not there yet”. The UK Embassy in Madrid wrote in a Facebook post: “We are delighted to inform you that the Spanish government has today confirmed the extension of the grace period during which you can drive in Spain with a UK license. valid until the end of February 2022.. “

This is the last extension Spain has provided to UK license holders since Britain officially left the European Union on January 1, 2021, and at that time it meant that their documents issued in the UK were no longer recognized by the EU common framework.

But in another post-Brexit coup, the new two-month grace period does not apply to UK licensees who reside in Spain and have registered their intention to trade more time to do so with the authority. Spanish DGT traffic, this deadline still being in effect in December. December 31, 2021.

It does, however, apply to those who have not registered their intention to swap more time to drive legally in Spain and potentially pass their Spanish driving test as a guarantee or hope of a deal between the UK and the UK. Spain.

The embassy headed by UK Ambassador to Spain Hugh Elliott warned: “We recognize that the extension is relatively short, and so it is important that – if it is imperative that you drive – you review all your options, which may include being able to take a driving test now. “

An update was also provided on the latest talks between UK and Spanish authorities, which the embassy hopes will be concluded “as soon as possible” but stressed that they were not there yet.

He writes: “As you know, the UK government is committed to a long term deal with Spain so that residents can exchange their UK driving licenses without taking an exam.

“Negotiations are continuing and we are ready to conclude this agreement as soon as possible.

“But unfortunately we are not there yet.”

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UK Ambassador to Spain Mr Elliott previously admitted in a video posted to Facebook that “many of you have also rightly pointed out that Spaniards residing in the UK can exchange their Spanish license for a British license without passing a practical test “. .

British driving license holders in the Mediterranean tourist hotspot are hoping that an agreement can finally be found between the two sides to resolve this latest post-Brexit problem for British expats.

But it’s not yet clear whether a deal would only benefit UK residents protected by the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement or other UK licensees who have moved to Spain to become residents after January 1, 2021.

Most non-EU driver’s license holders usually only have six months from their arrival in Spain to use their foreign licenses – unless Spain has entered into a bilateral agreement with a third country for recognition. and the exchange of permits.

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After this period, they must pass a theoretical and practical driving test to obtain a Spanish license.

Post-Brexit issues affect UK license holders who reside in Spain and not those with a UK license visiting Spain and, for example, renting a car while on vacation.

This latest update comes after British residents in Italy received a welcome boost.

Authorities have now given people residing in their country an additional 12 months to continue using their UK driving licenses there while continuing discussions with the UK government.