how much does it cost to get a drivers license in spain

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The legal driving age in Spain is 18 years old. Those who are under 18 cannot drive legally in Spain—even if they hold a legal license from their home country.

(Sorry young US citizen – you may be able to drive at 16 back home but not here.)

Anyone over 18 with a valid national driving license from their home country can legally drive in Spain—at first. For Non-EU/EEA citizens, this applies for the first six months after moving to Spain and gaining residency. For EU/EEA nationals, it’s two years.

how much does it cost to get a drivers license in spain

The legal driving age in Spain is 18 years old. Those who are under 18 cannot drive legally in Spain—even if they hold a legal license from their home country.

(Sorry young US citizen – you may be able to drive at 16 back home but not here.)

Anyone over 18 with a valid national driving license from their home country can legally drive in Spain—at first. For Non-EU/EEA citizens, this applies for the first six months after moving to Spain and gaining residency. For EU/EEA nationals, it’s two years.

Driving in Spain can be quite the adventure. But getting your Spanish driver’s license is a whole other type of adventure in and of itself.

Fasten your seatbelt and get ready to ride through some of the essential steps with me.

STEP 1 – UNDERSTANDING WHO CAN LEGALLY DRIVE IN SPAIN
Child driving car
The legal driving age in Spain is 18 years old. Those who are under 18 cannot drive legally in Spain—even if they hold a legal license from their home country.

(Sorry young US citizen – you may be able to drive at 16 back home but not here.)

Anyone over 18 with a valid national driving license from their home country can legally drive in Spain—at first. For Non-EU/EEA citizens, this applies for the first six months after moving to Spain and gaining residency. For EU/EEA nationals, it’s two years.

After that initial grace period your adventure in Spanish bureaucracy will begin.

STEP 2 – FOLLOWING YOUR LEGAL PROCESS ACCORDING TO YOUR SPECIFIC SITUATION:
If you are an EU/EEA citizen (plus Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein) who is a legal resident in Spain, you’ll have to obtain a Spanish driver’s license. You can do this either by exchanging your foreign license or renewing your foreign license.

You can legally drive in Spain using your existing driving license for the first two years of residence in Spain. Although – important! – after six months you must register your details with the traffic authorities. You can do this at your Registro Central de Conductores e Infractores of the Provincial Traffic Headquarters (Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico).

Once you’ve registered you’ll need to take a medical examination at a Centro de Reconocimiento de Conductores Autorizado.

YOU MUST ADHERE TO THE SAME CONDITIONS AS SPANISH DRIVER’S LICENSE HOLDERS. THIS INCLUDES:
Doctor crossing arms
Undertaking any necessary/required medical tests.
Renewing or exchanging the Spanish Driver’s license after the first two years’ residence in Spain. If an EU license is renewed in Spain it effectively converts it into a Spanish EU license. This needs to be renewed every 10 years up to the age of 65, and every five years after 65.
If you don’t obtain a Spanish driver’s license after two years of residency, you can face a €200 fine.

To exchange your EU/EEA license to that of a Spanish driving license, you’ll need to go to the Provincial Traffic Headquarters. Bring the following documents with you to be processed:

Application form
Valid passport or national identity card
Proof of residence (Certificate of Registration in the Central Aliens Register, i.e. your NIE number or Número de Identificación de Extranjero or Empadronamiento)
Valid driving license to be exchanged in Spain (original and photocopy)
Two recent photographs (32x25mm)
Declaration in writing that you haven’t been banned or suspended from driving
Declaration in writing that you don’t hold another driving license of the same class in another country.
LONG STORY SHORT
Simplify written on ground behind car
In other words, if you are an EU/EEA citizen, your process is a lot more simplified. You will also have a longer grace period than that of any Non-EU/EEA citizen. Live it up while you can! You’re saving a lot of time, money and energy in NOT having to take the Spanish driving test.

4 reviews for how much does it cost to get a drivers license in spain

  1. Garcuacesar

    I highly recommended the have one of the best service I’ve ever came across

  2. Wifey delinge

    Well once again Thanks did it again, they delivered my license to me, shipping was fast, I use the shipping that he offers, I wish other companies do and the packaging was excellent. is pretty much the only person I try to deal with these days, ill go back to if I need another license .

  3. Gloria sanchez

    Fast shipping with lots of love! Definitely buy from this shop again. 100% recommend this shop

  4. Anthony

    Thanks for the upgrade anyway. Not too happy with This am using With no issue

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