Javier Rodríguez

Javier leads Expat Agency and is an expert in Inmigration and Intercultural Exchange. He studied Law & Political Science between the universities of Granada (Spain), Prague (Czech Republic) and Poznań (Poland) and is an official collaborator at DGT (Directorate General of Traffic). He speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish and is accustomed to work for expats from all over the world.


  1. John Donaldson
    January 25, 2018 @ 7:39 pm

    I am a retired UK citizen with both a UK & Canadian pension. I have a UK/EU passport and recently became a Spanish Resident .
    My UK drivers licence expired 3 years ago when I became 70 yrs of age, however I still have my valid Canadian Licence as I lived there for many decades.
    My wife still has a valid UK licence which will expire in 9 years time and we understand she can continue to drive in Spain for another 2 years before getting a Spanish one..
    Can I continue to do the same?


    • Javier Rodríguez
      February 12, 2018 @ 12:37 pm

      Hello John,
      According to the EU laws, after 2 years of residence you should exchange your driving licence in your new EU country. Therefore, it is up to you. However I inform you about what law says.


  2. ibrahim
    April 27, 2018 @ 1:18 pm

    hi javier, first of all thanks for sharing the valuable information. i’m from Bangladesh and i have south korean driving license(including international version). recently i moved to madrid and i want to exchange it. i already collected official translation of my korean driving licence from korean embassy in madrid. now my questions is
    1. what other documents i need for getting Spanish driving licence.
    2. as i mentioned that i already have an international driving licence (from korea), so can i rent/buy car in spain with it or i need to wait for Spanish driving licence.


    • Javier Rodríguez
      April 27, 2018 @ 7:49 pm

      Hello Ibrahim,

      Unfortunately there is not any agreement between Spain and South Korea to exchange driving licences, I am afraid.

      If you want to stay longer than 6 months in Spain and/or become a resident, you will need to apply for a new one, to be honest.

      I am sorry for that.


  3. shahid
    October 10, 2018 @ 8:54 am

    Sir I am a Uae driving license holder can i exchange my license in Spain


    • Javier Rodríguez
      October 10, 2018 @ 6:49 pm

      Hello Shahid,
      No you cannot, I am sorry. There isn’t any driving licence exchange agreement between Spain and UAE, so you would need to apply for a new one. It is possible to do it in English language, by the way.


  4. shahid
    December 9, 2018 @ 1:49 am

    Sir i heard uae driving license permanent we can use in Spain if i have residence visa of Spain


    • Javier Rodríguez
      December 10, 2018 @ 11:31 am

      Hello Shahid,

      If you have a residence visa, yes you can.


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