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GB Car Stickers Out - UK In

As from Tuesday 28th September 2021 if you are driving a UK registered car in Spain you will need to display a UK sticker on the rear of your vehicle instead of the GB sticker

By Nick Nutter | Last Updated 8 Mar 2022 | Andalucia | News

As from today, Tuesday 28th September 2021, if you are driving a UK registered car in the EU, including Spain, you will need to display a UK sticker on the rear of your vehicle instead of the GB sticker.

Which Vehicles Do Not Have To Convert

If your number plate already includes the UK identifier with the Union flag (also known as the Union Jack), you do not need a UK sticker.

Which Vehicles Need a UK Sticker

You will need to display a UK sticker clearly on the rear of your vehicle if your number plate has any of the following:
- a GB identifier with the Union flag (also known as the Union Jack)
- a Euro symbol
- a national flag of England, Scotland or Wales
- numbers and letters only – no flag or identifier

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When Are UK Stickers Compulsory

There are three exceptions:
If you are in Spain, Cyprus or Malta, you must display a UK sticker no matter what is on your number plate.

The old GB sticker should be removed or covered.

Other Documentation Required - Log Book

Whilst on the subject of driving a UK registered car in Spain, do not forget that, if you are the owner of the vehicle you also need to carry your log book. If you borrowed, hired or leased the vehicle then you need to carry a VE 103 form that shows you have permission to take it out of the country.

Other Documentation Required - Insurance Certificate

On 30 June 2021, the European Commission announced that UK motorists would no longer need to show a green card when entering the EU to prove they had insurance.
All UK vehicle insurance provides the minimum third party cover to drive in the EU (including Ireland).

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  • Will - 28 Mar 2022
    Hi. Trying to relate "If your number plate already includes the UK identifier with the Union flag (also known as the Union Jack), you do not need a UK sticker." with "If you are in Spain, Cyprus or Malta, you must display a UK sticker no matter what is on your number plate." If I've got the UK identifier with the Union flag on my number plate, do I need one of the separate oval UK stickers as well? Thanks. Will
    • Nick Nutter - 30 Mar 2022
      Hi Will, yes you need the UK car sticker as well in Spain.
  • Alex - 25 Nov 2021
    Apparently it is meant to show that the UK is a now a united kingdon (tell that to Scotland). The 111 year old GB identifer was introduced in 1910, when GB included Ireland. After Irish Independence, Northern Ireland vehicles used the NI identifier. Boris has mandated, post Brexit, that we should no longer exclude NI, even though that country voted to stay in the EU, so bang goes 111 years of history. Apparently its all about taking back control, (and probably a degree of posturing over the the Northern Ireland protocol negotiations).
    • Claire - 28 Sep 2021
      What is the reason for this?
      • Nick Nutter - 29 Sep 2021
        Nobody seems to know for sure
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