If you have imported a Spanish-registered car into the UK, the length of time you can drive it legally on UK roads depends on your residency status in the UK. Here’s a general guideline:
- Temporary Stay: If you are a visitor or temporary resident in the UK, you can typically drive your Spanish-registered car for up to 6 months in a 12-month period. After this period, you should either register and tax the vehicle in the UK or take it out of the country.
- Permanent Residence: If you become a permanent resident in the UK, you should usually register and tax your car with the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) as soon as possible. This means your vehicle will no longer be considered a foreign-registered vehicle, and you will need to comply with UK vehicle registration and tax regulations.
- Exceptions: There may be exceptions and specific rules depending on your circumstances, so it’s advisable to consult with the DVLA or a professional who specializes in car importation, such as My Car Import, for guidance tailored to your situation.
My Car Import, as an expert in car importation to the UK, can assist you with the registration and compliance process if you plan to keep your Spanish-registered car in the UK permanently. They can handle all the necessary steps to ensure your vehicle is legally registered and meets UK requirements, taking care of the entire process for you.