Driving in Spain

Population: 46m
Area: 506,030 sq. km
Currency: EUR


Driving licence:

Visitors riding or driving in Spain must have reached the minimum ages laid down for residents of Spain even if they are qualified to drive at a lower age in their country of residence.

A foreign driving licence does not entitle the holder to drive a motor vehicle in Spain until the age of 18 years old.

Driving licences issued in EU and EEA countries are accepted.

International driving permits are recognised but not required.

Important documents:

Vehicles from the UK may be imported into Spain for up to 6 months in any period of 12 months. When driving in Spain the following documents should be carried:

Full, valid driving licence*
Proof of insurance (third party or above)
Proof of ID (passport)
Proof of ownership (V5C certificate)

*International Driving Permits are recognised but not compulsory.

While driving in Spain, you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to have them:

Reflective jackets (although not mandatory to carry, you could be fined for walking on the road or hard shoulder can be fined if not wearing one)
Warning triangle (compulsory in every vehicle with four wheels or more) (Residents must carry 2)
Headlamp beam deflectors (Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually)
Motorcyclists: Crash helmets are compulsory for riders of mopeds, motorcycles, trikes and quads, unless these are equipped with seat belts. Motorcycles on the road must have their lights on at all times
GB Sticker or Euro plates