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Leaflet on German driving license in Spain
General information on the German driving licenses in Germany:
Since 19 January 2013 German driving licenses be issued, regardless of the underlying entitlements only valid for a period of 15 years and must be renewed thereafter. The limitation refers only to the license document, not to the license and serves in particular to update the name and photograph.
German licenses which have been issued before 19 January 2013, are still valid, however, are to exchange up to January 19, 2033.
For more information and inquiries, please contact the German driving license authorities and on the website of the Federal Motor Vehicle Office www.kba.de .
Recognition, description and duration of German driving licenses in Spain:
Basis for mutual recognition of driving licenses which have been issued by the EU Member States, has entered into force on 19.01.2013, the Directive 2006/126 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20.12.2006, which the Royal Decree 818 / was implemented in 2009 by 08.05.2009 in Spanish law.
Accordingly German driving licenses are generally recognized in all EU Member States.
Exceptions apply for driver's licenses, have not attained the age of 18 whose owners, as well as for the national classes M, L, S and T, which need not be recognized in other Member States. In addition, the validity or registration may be refused if the license has been issued against the license holder, for example, a withdrawal or cancellation.
In accordance with Article 15 of Royal Decree 818/2009 that holders of EU driving licenses without undergoing temporary validity which have since the entry into force of the EU Directive reside for more than 2 years in Spain, in terms of validity and suitability test the Spanish legislation.
This means that holders of German licenses, who have moved their place of residence before 19 January 2013 to Spain and have an issued before 19 January 2013 with no fixed-term validity German driving license, these from the January 19, 2015 Spanish to the competent must register road Safety Authority (Jefatura de Tráfico). In addition, a Spanish statutory aptitude test (Reconocimiento psicofisico) is to be stored.
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All information in this brochure are based on findings at the time of writing text. For completeness and accuracy, in particular because of possible changes in the meantime arise, however, no guarantee can be given.