Driving in Spain

Driving regulations

A full European license is needed to drive in Spain. UK Provisional licenses are not valid for use in Spain.


The minimum age required to drive in Spain is 18 years.


Driving licences and insurance documents must be carried and produced for inspection if required.


It is a legal requirement for motorists travelling to or transiting Spain to carry the following:

  • Two red warning triangles to be placed, in the event of an accident or breakdown, in front of and behind the vehicle.
  • A spare pair of spectacles (if needed for driving).
  • A spare wheel.
  • A full set of spare bulbs plus the tools to change them.
  • A reflective jacket to be worn, in the event of an accident or breakdown, if you descend from your vehicle or whilst awaiting the arrival of the emergency services.

Failure to do so could result in a heavy fine.

Seat belts must be worn at all times, whether in the front or back seat of the vehicle. No children under the age of twelve should be in the front seat.

It is forbidden to ride a motorbike or drive a car while you are using a mobile phone or hand held communication device. This includes talking in your car when pulled over to the side of the road.

GPS navigation systems must not be handled or manipulated in anyway (via the touch screen or onboard dash devices) by the driver whilst driving.
Anti-radar devices are not permitted and carry a heavy fine.

If you intend to reside in Spain for more than 6 months you will have to exchange your current license for a Spanish license. For more information please contact the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) directly.

For further information and guidance regarding driving in Spain and traffic laws, please contact:

Dirección General de Tráfico
C/ Arturo Soria 143
28043 Madrid
Tel: +34 91 301 8500
Fax: +34 91 301 8484 

Speeding fines

According to information provided by the Dirección General de Tráfico you can pay a speeding fine online using your credit card. For more information please visit: https://apl.dgt.es/WEB_Sanciones/jsp/sincertificado/identificacionPagador.jsf and click Welcome (top right) to continue in English.


If you wish to appeal or have difficulties paying please contact directly the DGT in Spain.

Dirección General de Tráfico
Apartado de correos 505
24080 León
Tel: +34 902 508 686 

Exporting a car

To export a car to Spain, please contact:

Dirección General de Tráfico
C/ Arturo Soria 143
28043 Madrid
Tel: +34 91 301 8500
Fax: +34 91 301 8484


Vehicle Customer Services (VCS)
Swansea SA99 1AR
Tel: +44 (0)300 790 6802
Fax: +44 (0)300 123 0798 


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