From tomorrow, it will be possible to renew a Spanish driving licence without going to Trafico, since the tax can be paid at the same centre where drivers take their medical. With this modification, drivers can get a provisional licence upon payment of the tax after completing the medical, eye, and hand-eye co-ordination tests, providing they haven’t lost all their points through motoring infractions. The provisional document will allow motorists to drive for 90 days, within which period they should receive their renewed licence by post.
The medical centres themselves will process the applications telematically, and submit the results of the medical just taken in the same process. They should not therefore have to make an additional charge for the renewal procedure. The new regime will simplify things for medical centres and drivers alike, as well as Trafico itself, and is expected to make a national saving of up to 10 million Euros for drivers, as well as reduce queues in Trafico.
Under the law as it stands, British drivers who have driven in Spain for more than 6 six months must either exchange their UK licences for Spanish ones, or get their British licences inscribed. Although the law appears not to be much enforced in the Canaries, it remains the legal requirement. This new measure for easy renewal of Spanish licences is one further argument for making the change, and it is worth emphasising both that Tenerife residents giving a UK address to the DVLA are committing an offence in the strictest sense, and that a Spanish licence allows motorists to drive anywhere in Europe, including the UK. The reason UK drivers are singled out under the law requiring them to exchange or inscribe their licences is the lack of a medical as part of the licensing procedure in the UK. LO