Renewing Out Of Date Spanish License

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bee hive



Hello all, I have a question that no one seems to be able to help with, including the British Embassy, so maybe you guys can help :) My husband had to stop driving due to a back injury and while he was in and out of hospital, his Spanish driving license expired. It has been expired for around 16 months. Now that he has his health back, he would like to start driving again. My question is this: Can he still go and renew his license the same as always, even though its been expired for so long? He is 73, British expat and been living here for just under 10 years. We'd really appreciate any info you can give us on this :) Thanks in advance

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The AngloINFO Information pages include a section on renewing a Spanish Driving licence and the procedures and documentation required

The relevant section seems to be (but please read through all the information):

Licence Renewal

A licence must be renewed at the Provincial Traffic Headquarters (Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico) of the holder's province of residence before its validity lapses. If the address on the licence is current, the licence holder should receive a letter advising them of the renewal date (aviso de caducidad del permiso o licencia de conduccion). Application may be made in person or by post. When applying by post, it is advisable to keep copies of all the documents sent.

The licence will need regular renewal; a standard Spanish driving licence for a private car or bike is valid for ten years when the holder is under 65 years of age, and every five years from the age of 65 on. Different conditions apply for passenger bus and heavy duty vehicle licences. Residents of Spain who hold a non-Spanish EU/EEA licence must renew their driving licence according to Spanish renewal periods.

Documentation required

Completed application form issued by the Provincial Traffic Office

The licence to be renewed

Photocopy (and original) of a Spanish identity card, residence permit (residencia) or a copy of the passport along with the NIE Number (Número de Identificación de Extranjero)

Proof of address in Spain (empadronamiento) dated within 3 months of the date of application

Certificate of aptitude issued by the Authorised Drivers Check Centre (Centro de Reconocimiento de Conductores Autorizado) of the province of residence of the applicant with a recent photograph

Two recent photographs (32 x 25 mm) taken at the same time as the one on the aptitude certificate

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