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Old Mar 24th 2018, 9:55 am
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I am moving back to the UK shortly and would like to buy a UK registered car here to drive back, However I have a Spanish driving licence and believe that I cannot drive a UK car here. Does anyone know a ( legal ) way around this .
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I am moving back to the UK shortly and would like to buy a UK registered car here to drive back, However I have a Spanish driving licence and believe that I cannot drive a UK car here. Does anyone know a ( legal ) way around this .
Having a Spanish licence has nothing to do with it.

The important thing is whether you are a resident or not. I believe you have one month to re-register the car of to export it back to the UK.
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Originally Posted by snikpoh View Post
Having a Spanish licence has nothing to do with it.

The important thing is whether you are a resident or not. I believe you have one month to re-register the car of to export it back to the UK.
Yep. The driving licence in isolation is an EC licence so not an issue to drive any vehicle covered by the classes on the rear , and you could drive on it up to 12 months in the UK, but if you are settling back there good idea to swop it for a UK licence.

The issue is a Spanish 'resident' driving a UK registered car that belongs to him / her, as stated above.
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Surely OP could just formally revoke their Spanish Residency? If stopped they present the form showing residency has been cancelled.
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Surely OP could just formally revoke their Spanish Residency? If stopped they present the form showing residency has been cancelled.
Yep, and then they have 6 months as a non-resident.

BUT, you would have to be out of the country for more than 6 months per year and never here for more than 90 days at a time etc.
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Yep, and then they have 6 months as a non-resident.

BUT, you would have to be out of the country for more than 6 months per year and never here for more than 90 days at a time etc.
Yes I understand all that but op did say moving back to UK which I presumed meant permenantly?
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Old Mar 24th 2018, 2:07 pm
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Thanks guy`s for all your replies - very interesting. Yes I will be returning to UK permanently, and of course would be giving up my residency etc .Whilst discussing this if I bought a registered UK car here what would I need to make sure of ? I know the car would have to be already taxed and have a reasonable length MOT anything else ?
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