25 Mar, 2023 @ 19:00
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UK embassy to hold Facebook Live event to help Spain residents with driving licence exchange 

driving licence British Embassy
driving licence British Embassy

THE UK embassy in Spain will be holding a Facebook Live event so that people can ask questions about exchanging their driving licences for Spanish ones

The event is scheduled to take place on Wednesday March 29 at 4pm CET, and can be accessed at the Brits in Spain Facebook page (www.facebook.com/britsinspain). 

The British ambassador to Spain, Hugh Elliott, will be taking part, as well as members of the embassy team. 

Holders of UK driving licences resident in Spain were left unable to legally take to the roads on May 1 of last year, as the two countries continued to hammer out a post-Brexit agreement on licence exchange and driver information exchange in the case of traffic offences. 

It wasn’t until March 14 that the Spanish Cabinet finally approved an agreement that allowed the victims of this situation to get back onto the roads for a six-month period, during which time they can swap their UK documents for a Spanish one. 

The embassy has invited people to ask their questions in the comments section ahead of the Facebook Live event. So far people have been flagging up bureaucratic problems they have encountered during the process, asking for help filling out the necessary forms, and checking which vehicle classes are valid when making the change.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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