Driving license exchange – still not possible to drive

by Lorraine Williamson
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On January 16, the British Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, Hugh Elliot gave an update on the situation regarding the driving license exchange. Although there seemed to be positive progress, there were still some items to be finalised. But now, 7 weeks on, and it is still not possible for those with a UK license to drive.

As part of the official update on January 16, the recommendation from the Embassy was for Brits to “get your psicotécnico test in place, as you will need a certificate showing you have passed the test in order to exchange your licence. Certificates are valid for three months and if you fail it you can retake as many times as you need”.

This advice was given almost 7 weeks ago, and still there has been no confirmation. Consequently, it is still not possible to drive if you have a UK driving license – even if you have obtained a psiotécnico certificate. For those that took the advice of the Embassy, booked and paid for a psicotécnico test, they will be hoping that an agreement is reached within the next 5 weeks. Otherwise, they could find themselves having to book and pay for another test. The cost of these tests vary and can be around 40€ or more.

Final steps

On February 22, (almost 2 weeks ago), the official Facebook page for the Embassy stated, “today we have spoken again to the Spanish Government to underline the urgency of the situation for those affected. They assured us that they expect the final steps to be taken within the next few weeks”.

What a “few weeks” means is anyone´s guess. Furthermore, it will soon be the one-year anniversary of when the Spanish government refused to issue any further post BREXIT extensions to those who did not exchange their UK license for a Spanish one. This meant from the 1st of May 2022, UK license holders have been unable to drive their cars in Spain if they were resident in the country before 1 January 2022. This anniversary date is only 8 weeks away.

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Psychophysical aptitude test

The psicotécnico test (psychophysical aptitude test) is a medical test that will certify whether you are fit to drive or not.

The process involves a number of short tests including eyesight, hearing, and tests to monitor your reflexes and concentration. Your general physical position will also be measured, including your respiratory ability, your motor skills, blood pressure etc. You may also be asked to have a brief interview with a doctor.

Certificate

When you pass the test, you will be given a certificate. The certificate is officially recognised by the DGT, and is necessary in order to exchange your licence. Certificates are valid for three months. However, if you fail the test, you can pay to retake it as often as you need.

Where can I get the test?

You can take the test at any officially recognised health centre. The full list of health centres recognised by the DGT can be found here.

Moving forward

As always, InSpain.news will bring you information on any developments as and when they happen.

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