A valid driving licence, issued in any country belonging to the EU or EEA (European Economic Area –
Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), may be used to drive in Spain as long as it complies with the
a) The holder falls within age restrictions as per regulations in Spain
b) Said licence has not been restricted, suspended or cancelled
c) The licence has not been issued whilst the holder was resident in Spain
From 9th December 2009 all licences which were previously valid for an indefinite period will be
given a maximum validity of 2 years, after which it will be obligatory to exchange for a Spanish
licence. (Not applicable to UK).
EXCHANGE DRIVING LICENCE
a) Comply with the above-mentioned requisites (DRIVING LICENCES)
b) Minimum period of 6 months’ legal residence in Spain
N.B. The Spanish traffic authorities will always contact the country of origin to verify point “b”
REGISTRATION OF NON-SPANISH DRIVING LICENCE
a) Completely voluntary procedure
b) Very useful in case of loss, robbery etc. All information re licence recorded in Trafico.
NON-SPANISH CAR REGISTRATION PLATES
a) Non-residents/visitors maximum stay 30 days
b) When transferring main residence to Spain – 60 days
c) Persons who are non-resident but have a business in Spain are also obliged to change their
d) Anyone who has had a vehicle with non-Spanish plates for 18 months or more without applying
to have them changed will have their vehicle confiscated by the police.
e) To be able to continue driving a vehicle whilst the paperwork is completed for the change of
registration plates, one can apply for “green plates” which are valid for 60 days. At the end of
60 days, if necessary, an extension can be applied for. If “green plates” are not applied for,
the vehicle should be immobilized until the process is complete.
f) In the case of right-hand drive vehicles “Industria” should be consulted.
FURTHER INFORMATION AND FEES CAN BE FOUND AT: www.dgt.es