Driving Licences in Spain
- the minimum age required to drive is 18 years
- Information about how to convert your UK driving licence to a Spanish Driving Licence (Spanish version only) (you may need to produce a ‘Certificate of Entitlement’ for this process, which you can apply for from the DVLA
- Information about registering your UK driving licence with the Spanish authorities (Spanish version only)
For further information please visit Dirección General de Trafico.
Changes to use in Spain of UK Driving Licences from 19/01/2013
These changes have come about as a consequence of the implementation in Spain of Directive 2006/126/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on driving licences which aims to harmonise the issue of driving licences across all member states of the European Union.
This legislation affects those British nationals resident in Spain who hold an old-style UK licence which doesn’t have the 10-year validity period and who have been resident in Spain for 2 years. In Spain, once the licence-holder has resided for two years, they are obliged to renew it or exchange it for a Spanish driving licence.
For further information please visit Dirección General de Trafico Nota informativa sobre permisos de conducir comunitarios
Replace or renew your UK licence within Spain
You should bear in mind that once your UK Photocard Licence expires or if your UK Licence is lost or stolen, you will not be able to renew this with the DVLA if you are residing in Spain. It may be easier to convert your UK licence to a Spanish licence before it expires.
In the case of a lost or stolen UK driving licence you can apply to the DVLA for a ´certificate of entitlement’ in Spanish that can be used to apply for a Spanish driving licence.
Spanish motor insurance regulations
Spanish Insurance Regulations differ from those in the UK. It is important to check carefully what cover your policy provides.
If you receive a traffic fine while driving in Spain (eg for speeding/parking incorrectly) you can pay on the pago de multas’ page of the Direccion General de Tráfico website.
If you dispute a fine you have incurred and wish to appeal, you should contact the Jefatura Provincial de Trafico (Provincial Traffic Office) where the fine was incurred. Contact details for all provincial traffic offices in Spain can be found on the Direccion General de Tráfico website
Caravans and Trailers
The British Consulate no longer issues certificates concerning British law affecting registration plates on trailers and caravans. If you are asked by Spanish authorities to provide such a certificate, please contact your nearest consulate.
Towing a car with a motorhome
Towing a car behind a motor home using an A-frame is illegal in Spain and you will be fined for using one.
Please note that this information was accurate at the time of print and is provided as a guide only. Laws and Regulations are changed or updated frequently and definitive information should be obtained from the Spanish authorities. For any of these processes, you may find it helpful to employ a gestor (a representative who carries out administrative dealings on behalf of a private customer or company) to take care of the paperwork for you.