NEW laws forcing expat drivers to undergo a medical examination will come into place later this week.
The EU Directive 2012/126, which starts from January 19, will mean that all British drivers in Spain under the age of 65 will have to take a medical every 10 years.
Drivers over 65 however, will be required to take the test every five years.
The medical examination will be a sight, hearing and co-ordination test in the form of a computer based driving simulation.
Drivers can keep their UK licence, but must notify the DVLA of their Spanish residency and still be able to declare a UK address as their permanent residence.
According to the new directive, a permanent residence is a place where a person usually lives for at least 185 days of the year.
Conversion to a Spanish licence can be completed at the time of taking the medical examination however, should expat drivers wish to do so.
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