Changing the address on your registration certificate. If you have changed your address recently, remember that you have to notify the competent office in order to receive your circulation tax and even any fine at your new address. If you pay it out of date you´ll receive a penalty or the government could seize your assets to recover the debt.
Driving licence exchange. If you have a foreign driving licence and you are resident in Spain remember that you have to exchange this document into the new European driving licence format. If your licence lets you drive in different categories and for labour reasons or other circumstances you need to drive a specific category be sure before applying the exchange which of these categories you´ll keep and which others you can lose.
- Vehicle registration (buy/sale). If you are going to buy or sell a second hand vehicle remember that it´s very important you ask for legal advice to know which documentation you need from the other party and the vehicle before you proceed. Otherwise, the buyer runs the risk of improperly registering the vehicle or could find debts against it which the new buyer will have to pay. Be aware that consumer legislation does not apply to private sales, so you should exercise extreme caution when buying a car from a private individual.
Copies and renovation of your driving licence and ITV card.
I’m living in another EU country
Lost or stolen licence
If you lose your driving licence or have it stolen, you need to apply for a new one in the country where you are resident.
Renewing a licence
You can only have a driving licence issued by the authorities in the country where you are resident.
They will exchange your original licence for a local one. You will then be subject to the same rules on validity periods, medical checks, and so on as nationals of that country.
Taking your vehicle off the road. If you have a vehicle that you are not going to drive anymore you have to register it as not being used. From this moment you don´t have to pay the circulation tax anymore.
ITV. If you have or have had problems passing the ITV due to the language or other circumstances contact us and we´ll go with you to your appointment.
- Car registration and taxes
If you keep your normal residence from your Member State but you stay in another EU country for less than 6 months, you do not have to register your car or pay any taxes there – it will remain registered in your country of residence.
If you are staying in another EU country for less than 6 months and have not registered your car there, you may not legally lend or rent your car to a resident of that country, who may only drive your car if you are in the car with him/her.
You may, however, lend your car to visiting friends or family – provided they are not resident in your new country.
If you are staying in another country for more than 6 months, you should normally change your residence to this country and you must register your car there.
- Stays over 6 months
If you move to Spain and take your car with you, you will need to register it and pay any relevant taxes in this country.
You must register your car within 6 months of taking up residence in Spain.
In Spain you may be eligible for a tax exemption on your vehicle registration when you move from another EU country, if you meet the relevant conditions and deadlines. Before moving to your new country, please contact with us and we will give you the best advice.
- Insurance car
What’s your situation?
I’m living in Spain
Your car insurance in your new home country
You must register your car in the country where you normally live.
When you register, you will have to present proof that you have insurance cover.
You will have to check with your insurer whether your current contract will be valid in Spaiu.
Buying new insurance abroad
If your current contract is not valid in the country you are moving to, contact the national green card bureaus / information centres to ask which insurers offer car insurance in that country. Claims history
You can ask your insurer at any time for a record of any claims you have made. They must provide this within 15 days of your asking.
But if you have to take out new car insurance in Spain, the new insurer is not obliged to take account of your previous claims record (and any reductions it might otherwise make you eligible for) when calculating your premium.
It is likely that some insurers will consider your claims record though, so it is worth shopping around.