Renew your driving license in 2015

Are you aware of new driving licence law changes?

Renew your driving license in 2015

Warning: 200 Euro fine for not renewing your driving licence. To ensure your driving remains safe and smooth, you must be aware of the new law that came into the effect on Monday 19th of January 2015. The Spanish DGT have stated that the deadline to comply with this new regulation is 1st January 2016. 

What you need to do

Renewing your licence is not a big deal . You don’t have to take a theory or even a practical test. It is just a procedure.

The Spanish “Dirección General de Tráfico” (Traffic General Direction), also called “DGT”, has published several articles  on their website describing the new law and further requirements you’ll need to obtain the Spanish licence.

You can obtain more information from these two trusted sources:

If you do not speak Spanish you may use Google Translate to get the idea.

You must renew your driving licence if you:

  • Are from the European Union.
  • Drive using a licence from your own country.
  • Are a legal resident of Spain.
  • Obtained your Spanish residency on or before the 19th of January 2013.
  • Obtained your Spanish residency any time after the 19th of January 2013 but only if you have been a resident for 2 years or more.

And if you have any or all four of the following:

  • A driving licence which never expires.
  • A driving licence with a validity of 15 years or more on date of issue for Group 1 (AM, A1, A2, A, B, BE).
  • A driving licence with a validity of 5 years or more on date of issue for Group 2 (BTP, C1, C1E, C, CE D1, D1E, D, DE).
  • A driving licence which has already expired or is close to its expiration date.

However, you are free to renew your licence in order to obtain your Spanish licence as soon as you become a resident.

Tickets for failing to renew your licence of up to 200 Euros. Residents should definitely get this sorted, to avoid any possible collision with the law.


By David Ruiz, interpreting, translation and driving licence specialist 

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