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Spanish Driving Licences

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Article 15.4 of the General Regulation on Drivers (Royal Decree D818/2009, dated May 8th) establishes the obligation of citizens of the European Union with legal residence in Spain to renew your driving license.

This requirement relates:

- EU citizens who have legal residence in Spain for 2 years, beginning to count this period from January 19, 2013, date of entry into force of Directive 2006/126 / EC
- and whose driving license has an indefinite validity or an expiration date exceeding 15 years for Group 1 permits (AM, A1, A2, A, B and BE) or more than five years expiration term for Group 2 licenses (BTP, C1, C1E, C, CE D1, D1E, D, DE).

These people must renew their driving license from January 19th, 2015. 

Those EU citizens who have taken up residence in Spain after January 1, 2013, shall renew their driving license after two years of obtaining the residence (For example, if a EU citizen has obtained legal residence on 06.06.2014 , he/she must renew his/her permit after 06/06/2016).

On the other hand, those EU citizens resident in Spain whose drivers’ license has expired or will soon expire, should also renew their drivers’ license. To renew a driving license in any of the above mentioned cases, legal residents who hold a driving license obtained in their country and who have lived in Spain for two or more years should make an appointment. This appointment can be scheduled by calling 060 or through the DGT website, where you will be informed of deadlines, administrative requirements, documentation to present, and any other details necessary to successfully renew his driver's license.

- Directive 2006/126 / EC
- Article 15 of Royal Decree 818/2009, of May 8, by which the General Drivers Regulations are approved


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