This is the second article of a series of seven articles, which are based on my free ebook “Driving in Spain: How to Avoid the 7 Biggest Mistakes Most Foreigners Make”.
- Mistake #1: Using an Invalid Driving Licence
- Mistake #2: Not Having Your Vehicle Documentation in Order
- Mistake #3: Driving While Speaking on the Phone
- Mistake #4: Not Stopping or Giving Way
- Mistake #5: Not Driving on the Right Side
- Mistake #6: Speeding, Illegal Drugs and Alcohol
- Mistake #7: Not Using a Reflective Jacket and Warning Triangles
Driving in Spain – Mistake #2: Not Having Your Vehicle Documentation in Order
The documentation required for foreign vehicles:
- Documents that prove you are the owner of the car.
- Car Insurance.
- A certificate stating that the car is in good condition (in Spain this is called “ITV – Inspección Técnica de Vehículos”, Vehicle Technical Inspection).
Spanish vehicles must only carry the following:
- ITV Card + a sticker (if applicable) properly fixed in the upper right-hand corner of the windscreen.
For several years, keeping a receipt for your car insurance has not been compulsory, as the police forces can now check it digitally. This is only for Spanish cars. However, it is recommended you have a copy.
I print a receipt each year after paying the insurance online and put it along with the log book and ITV.
If you get stopped, it will always be much faster if the police or Guardia Civil check the receipt, rather than having to do it themselves.
(Inspección Técnica de Vehículos)
How to avoid this mistake
Check that your car’s documents are in order. And keep the following in mind:
- If you lose your Spanish car documentation, you can request a copy at your nearest DGT
- Was the car’s documentation stolen? Then, you must provide a copy of a police report to obtain a duplicate from the DGT.
- When driving a foreign car in Spain, ask about the insurance cover you have in this country. I am sure I am right in saying that you don’t want to get unexpected surprises in case of accident.
- If you plan to live in Spain and keep your foreign car, you will have to register your car, undertake the ITV and change the licence plates (this process can be done either as a resident or non-resident).
- Do not drive with your country’s vehicle test certificate expired.
- Do not drive with out-of-date insurance. The fine is €1500.
- Driving with Spanish ITV which has expired is a €200 fine for Spanish cars.
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