How to exchange your driving license in London
If we plan to move to London, we must take into account the redemption of our driver's license if we want to have a car there and drive it, and not only for being able to drive, but for all the advantages that being a British card holder offers you. . To make this change, you must follow some simple bureaucratic steps and in three weeks you will have your new license at your disposal, which will be a short process that will give you more benefits than headaches. In we are going to indicate you how to exchange the driver's license in London so you can drive your car without problems and enjoy all its advantages.
Being Spanish and belonging to the EU, the truth is that we can drive in London with our Spanish driver's license without any problem as long as it is not expired, as in Spain. We can drive peacefully until age 70 or during the first three years after becoming a UK resident, the longest period for you. If your card does not belong to the EU, then you will have to redeem it before 12 months of residing in the United Kingdom.
Then, to be able to drive with a Spanish card, we will ask ourselves why we have to exchange it. Very easy: it is a way of renewing it and it is cheaper than in Spain, so if we are clear that we are going to live in London, it is no good that we validate it to enjoy all the advantages. You can do it from the sixth month of residence in the United Kingdom, in case you have expired the Spanish driver's license, you have to carry out this procedure to drive compulsorily.
The price of the validation is 50 pounds, less money than the € 90 that can cost you in Spain and you just have to request the Internet form on this page www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-driving-licence/ and they send it home.
You will have to answer the questions they ask and attach the documentation they require, such as your ID or passport along with a recent photograph. When you fill it out, you deliver it and pay the fees in a Post Office in London and they will take care of getting it delivered to your home within about 3 weeks.
You do not need to take any driving test or test to exchange your driver's license in London, just provide the documentation. Even if you drive on the right side, you do not have to do any official practice, but we do recommend that you start driving through streets of little-traveled urbanizations to adapt to your driving style and signaling. Remember that they drive on the right side and the steering wheel also has it on the right, so adapt your dexterity to the new car first.
As we said, in addition to enjoying your own driver's license, you can get more advantages just by having a British driver's license and these are the following:
- When you rent a car, you have discounts.
- When buying a car, you can take advantage of paying less for your insurance.
- The driving license serves as a document of residence in the country.
- With this card, you can drive in Spain also when you come for a few days. Of course, if you return to reside in our country, you have to redeem it because your Spanish card will no longer be valid.
- You do not have to renew it, it's useful until you're 70 years old.