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Driving license: New laws of Spain

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New regulations are being introduced for the people who are foreign nationals who live in the Spain and belong to the European Economic Area (EEA) or the European Union (EU). These new regulations are implemented on the people who have become Spanish residents. All of these people need to get a Spanish license as per the legal details. From January 19, 2015, every European foreign living in the Spain needs to get a license.

Requirements for a new law:

There are certain conditions on the basis of which a person will be qualified for the renewal or following of this new regulation. As per explained in the article 15 of the Spanish law, a person needs to renew their EU/EEA driving license who has their validity either permanent (it will never expire) or will have a validity of more than 15 years for group 1 (AM, A1, A2, A, B and BE). The next scenario is when the validity Is five years or more than five years from the date of issue of group 2 (BTP, C1, C1E, C, CE D1, D1E, D, DE).

In addition to the above-mentioned cases, the person needs to be living in the Spain for two or more than two years.

Exchange or renewal of driving license:

Before the implementation of this renewed law, there was a specified procedure that was followed to update the license. Before this law, the update or exchange was mostly done on voluntary basis. People tend to update their driving license when the expiry date was near or when the license is stolen or lost.

The inclusion of this new law has changed the procedures of getting a new or renewing the EU/EEA driving license. No matter which procedure is used for this purpose, the outcome will remain the same. Although both of the options will yield the same result i.e. the provision of the license but it is essential to provide all the required information in order to effectively complete the process.

Time requirements:

The next important point you need to consider is the provision of enough time. No matter if you are planning to exchange or renew your EU/EEA driving license, there is a need to provide the procedure with plenty of time. No matter which procedure is selected, it will take some time. This time duration will also depend on the region in which you are applying for the license.


With the implementation of this new law, there is a specified deadline that needs to be focused. All the license holders need to renew their license before 1st January 2016. People who will try to renew it after the deadline will have to face consequences. If a person has not renewed their EU/EEA license, they will have to give a fine of EUR 20. However, the amount of fine is not applied on the Swiss nationals.