As a new expatriate, you might be keen to bring your own car over from the United Kingdom to keep you from needing to buy a new one or rent. Spanish authorities allow EU cars to be transported and driven in Spain, but there are a few rules that you should be aware of before you start driving on Spanish roads. |
Hold the correct licence
Holders of an old-style UK driving licence lacking a 10-year validity period can initially use their licence to drive in Spain, but once they have resided in the country for two years, they are obliged to renew it or exchange it for a Spanish driving licence.
The European Union has created a harmonised licence model, with new rules having come into force in 2015. If your licence has expired or is due to expire, it must be renewed in your country of residence. In other words, if you are a resident of Spain, once your current licence expires, it must be renewed in Spain.
Keep all of the essential documents to hand
It is legally required for all foreign vehicles in Spain to be re-matriculated to Spanish plates within 30 days of importation. This means that if you are a resident of Spain and you have a car in your name with a European plate that you intend to keep in the country, you will have one month in which to change to Spanish plates.
Those intending to drive on Spanish roads are required to carry certain documents with them in their vehicle, including the ITV Card – an official document that relates to the technical inspection of the vehicle, the Inspección Técnica de Vehículos, or ITV – and the Permiso de Circulacion, which is similar to what Britons might call the ‘log book’. The latter contains information on the number plate and vehicle owner, among other details.
One document that isn’t compulsory to carry with you in the car is the insurance policy, as the information is contained on a central computer. However, you are required in Spain to have at least third party only insurance cover.
Invest in the most suitable insurance
The process of acquiring Insurance In Spain might seem more difficult than setting it up on home soil, but Ibex Insurance Services is on hand to make the process as easy as possible.
We gear our insurance policies towards the needs and preferences of expatriates and can offer you a wholly comprehensive plan with flexible payment options, increased excess bonuses and a protected no-claims bonus. Breaking down in a foreign country might be a frightening thought, but with our coverage, you needn’t worry about a thing.
For more information about driving your car in Spain or for a no-obligation insurance quote, simply contact Ibex Insurance Services today.
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