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The law on expat driving licences

There has been a growing amount of confusion recently regarding expat driving licences and their validity in Spain. This week’s Sur in English newspaper tells us the full facts on the matter, but in case you haven’t seen it, here is a quick update on the requirements.

The law currently states that, driving licences issued by any EU member state or countries that are part of the European Economic Area are valid in Spain and they remain valid under the terms of the country in which they were issued. However, when someone becomes a resident in Spain, they then become subject to the Spanish regulations.

If you are living in Spain and have an expiry date on your driving licence, it needs to be renewed before that date. If you don’t have an expiry date, you must renew within two years of becoming a Spanish resident. Drivers who became a Spanish resident before 19th January 2013 however, do not have to do anything until 19th January 2015. A foreign resident who doesn’t renew their driving licence when required will be treated the same as Spanish nationals and given a €200 fine.

From the 19th January 2015, all foreign residents and Spanish drivers are going to have to renew their driving licence whether it has an expiry date or not. The original licence will be replaced by a European version after a medical test at an authorised centre. Validity period for the new licences (either five or 10 years) will depend on the age of the driver and whether he or she has any illness or physical disability. You can find more information on the AEA’s website.

You can read more about driving in Spain, buying second hand cars, and lots of other road and travel related information on our blog.

Featured Property – Three Bedroom Apartment in Hacienda de Mijas Golf

When it comes to searching for a new family home in Spain, one of the most important considerations is that the children will be happy, settled and safe. The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular areas with families, with so much on offer including; excellent schools, sport facilities, and a massive choice of fun things to do for all ages.

There are some great family friendly properties available to rent on the Costa del Sol, such as this three bedroom apartment in Hacienda de Mijas Golf. Just five minute drive from Fuengirola and La Cala de Mijas with all facilities nearby including golf courses, supermarkets, salons and garden centres, it’s very conveniently located.

The apartment is set in a secure, gated complex which includes; underground parking, gardens, pools, paddle, tennis court, and a lovely kid’s play area. Plus there are loads of activities and beaches to explore in nearby Fuengirola and Mijas, so the whole family will enjoy it!

            Inside the apartment you will find a modern, fully fitted kitchen and spacious lounge/dining area, leading out onto the terrace, as well as three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom includes a king-size bed, built in wardrobes and a full en-suite bathroom. The second and third bedrooms are of good size and both feature twin beds with access to the guest bathroom and walk-in shower.

This property boasts stunning view to the Mijas Hills and offers a fantastic outdoor lifestyle. Great choice for those who are looking for a property ready to move into! To find out more about this apartment or to view other properties for rent on the Costa del Sol, visit our website or call us on 952 839 595.