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Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:30am
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Irish Pat

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Location: Villaricos

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I have a valid full Irish driving license which expires in Aug 2023.

1. Can I use this when I arrive in Spain?

2. Can I transfer it to a Spanish license?

3. Do I have to do a Spanish driving test at any stage?

Pat

BobL

BobL

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Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:29am

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Location: Mojacar

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Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:29am

Hi,

What  interesting questions. Are you North or South? Then what will happen post-Brexit & any honeymoon.period?

We are Brits. & processed UK license to Spanish but to do that needed to be Residents with Residencia.

Then there is quite a lot about acquiring an International Driving License from a UK Post Office but ensure it's for the correct country.

Will you be purchasing a Spanish Plated car or driving your own here?

If hiring then check requirement with hire-car Company.

For the former you will need an NIE.

Sorry but this raises so many questions in return.

Once out of EU, yes you will need to take a Spanish Driving Test to obtain a Spanish license which is why so many are now processing and Trafico.is backlogged.

Can I close by giving you the e mail address of Ana at our Solicitors. She speaks/ types flawless English.

Should be definitive if.you are from the Republic but with NI think so much is still.not clear. ( in.spite of us.being bombarded by various information on numerous forums.

[email protected]

There's also Citizens advice on

www.citizensadvice.org.es

Best Wishes,

Bob and Sandra

Mojacar Playa and Puerto Lumbreras

Irish Pat

Irish Pat

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Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:46am

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Location: Villaricos

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Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:46am

Many thanks for your response.

I am from the Republic of Ireland.

I would be buying a car with Spanish plates.

So I need to be resident before I can get  a drivers license.

And as advised here by another forum member it takes 10 years for an EU citizen to get residency.

I better send an email to your recommended solicitor as this driving license issue could be a game changer for me.

I'd have to be able to buy a car and drive it.

Thanks again for your help.

Pat

BobL

BobL

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Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:13pm

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Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:13pm

Really sorry not more informative but being in The Republic means you will still.be in Europe post this Brexit Fiasco so it may just be an NIE initially with a Spanish car and International.Driving Licence but Ana will advise. There is a ruling that as and when.you get your Residencia you have 6 or 9 months to get a Spanish License if driving a Spanish registered vehicle. UK effectively becomes a third world nation.or something when we leave. No change there then!!!!!!

Saludos,

Bob and Sandra

Irish Pat

Irish Pat

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Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:28pm

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Location: Villaricos

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Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:28pm

Many thanks Bob and Sandra.

Have sent an email to your recommended solicitor Ana who I have already been in touch with via another recommendation from Steven in VIP Almeria.

Will see what she says.

DarioMartin

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Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:38pm

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Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:38pm

Irish Pat wrote on Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:46am:

Many thanks for your response.

I am from the Republic of Ireland.

I would be buying a car with Spanish plates.

So I need to be resident before I can get  a drivers license.

And as advised here by another forum member it takes 10 years for an EU citizen to get residency.

I better send an email to your recommended solicitor as this driving license issue could be a game changer for me.

I'd have to be able to buy a car and drive it.

Thanks again for your help.

Pat

Hi Pat, me again - to clear up confusion, you can apply for Residencia the moment you arrive (and have an address :-D). It’s Spanish Citizenship (Spanish passport, ability to vote in Spanish elections etc etc) that will take 10 years from legal residency - i.e. Residencia.  Being from ROÍ and therefore in EU, you will automatically get permanent residence status after 5 years of residencia. 

Residencia gets you your NIE and allows you to stay in Spain longer than 90 days.  To be clear, Residencia can be applied for immediately - and indeed should be if you intend to spend more than 90 days in the country in any 180 day period.

With regards a driving licence, once you have obtained Residencia, you are obliged to swap to a Spanish Licence.  You won’t need to resit a driving test, merely do a medical / co-ordination test (costs about 50€) and your Spanish Licence will arrive in the post in less than 3 months.

On arrival, as you are an EU Citizen, you will be able to drive a Spanish plated car on your Irish licence without an IDP as it is an EU licence - hope that helps 

Irish Pat

Irish Pat

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Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:48am

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Location: Villaricos

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Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:48am

Dario,

Many thanks for the clarification.

That sets my mind at ease.

Kindest regards 

Pat

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