Between 2009 and 2018 when he semi-retired, Graham Shelton of Spanish Number Plates wrote a fortnightly column for the Costa News Group which covers most of the towns and cities of the Mediterranean coastline. Many of these are included in this section of posts having been updated in April 2020. Some cannot be included now because the rules and regulations are constantly changing.

Although this information is correct as of this date, if you are unsure about what has been said, especially if this contradicts other information that you have been given, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

The ones in the “archived files” section are old and out of date, but are shown for historical reasons.

Renewing your driving licence

Several people have recently asked how and when they need to renew their Spanish driving licence. I have had mine since about 2008, but in 2012 took a close look at it whilst preparing to write an article and realised that it had expired! Oops, well not all of it, just the entitlement to drive […]

Spanish driving lessons

Recent articles reference obtaining a Spanish driving licence got me thinking about driving lessons, so after letting the imagination run wild perhaps this is was it is like? Here in Spain lessons have to be provided by driving schools, so husbands and wives are spared the dubious pleasure and inevitable rows and sulks by teaching […]

Obtaining a Spanish driving licence

Generally speaking driving licenses issued in other EU countries remain valid in Spain but local exceptions apply. For example, in Spain the minimum age for driving a car is 18 years, so if you have 17 year olds in your family with a UK licence, they cannot drive here until their next birthday It has […]

Uniform driving tests and licences

Here’s one for the trivia nuts; there are 110 styles of driving licence in the EU! You can imagine the amount of work that has gone into harmonising them, but as of January 2013 a universal EU driving licence comes into force. As it happens the UK and Spanish licences do not change much, but […]

Driving Licences

There has been a flurry of activity amongst ex-pats recently to have their UK licences stamped at Trafico. This follows a few stories in the free press and an article from a normally reliable source There are many issues that confuse us guiries over here, such as why do football matches start at 10 at […]

Spanish Driving Licences

Many ex-pats coming to Spain wish to exchange their UK or other foreign driving licence for a Spanish one; some prefer to keep hold of their present licence. As always, there is a lot of misunderstanding surrounding this subject; so what are the pros and cons? As you will see later, the arguments in favour […]

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