Australian Embassy
Spain
Andorra and Equatorial Guinea

Driving in Spain

Driving in Spain and overseas renewals of Australian state or territory driving licences

Driving in Spain as a tourist

Under Spanish law, Australians on a 90 day ‘Schengen Visa’ may drive a vehicle in Spain if they hold a valid Australian State or Territory Driving Licence and a valid International Driver's Licence. To obtain an International Driver’s license contact your relevant State or Territory Automobile Club, such as the NRMA, RACV, RACQ etc.

Note: In Spain, as of 01 May 2008, driving without a licence is a criminal offence, and punishable with imprisonment. Furthermore, driving without a licence could render your vehicle insurance, including compulsory third party insurance, null and void.

Driving in Spain as a resident

There is no agreement between Australia and Spain on the exchange of Australian State or Territory Driving Licences for Spanish Driving Licences.

It is possible for Australians residing in Spain to drive if they hold a valid Australian State or Territory Driving Licence and a valid International Driver's Licence for a period of 6 months from the date of entry. On expiry of this period, the Australian driver’s licence is no longer valid; the person must therefore obtain a Spanish driver’s licence.

To obtain an International Driver’s license contact your relevant State or Territory Automobile Club, such as the NRMA, RACV, RACQ etc.

To obtain a Spanish driver’s licence please contact the nearest Spanish Directorate-General of Traffic (Dirección General de Trafico) Office or a local driving school. You will be required to sit theoretical and practical tests.

Note: In Spain, as of 01 May 2008, driving without a licence is a criminal offence, and punishable with imprisonment. Furthermore, driving without a licence could render your vehicle insurance, including compulsory third party insurance, null and void.

Renewal of expired or lost/stolen driving licences

To renew your Australian State or Territory Driving Licence, or replace a lost or stolen licence, please visit the relevant State or Territory Roads and Traffic Authority website, depending on the State or Territory, you may be able to download a ‘Licence Renewal Kit’. Be aware that replacing a licence from overseas can take 4 to 6 weeks.

Note: In Spain, as of 01 May 2008, driving without a licence is a criminal offence, and punishable with imprisonment. Furthermore, driving without a licence could render your vehicle insurance, including compulsory third party insurance, null and void.