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To drive a non-Spanish registered car in Spain, you must ensure you have the following with you whilst driving:
Passport
Driving Licence
Valid Insurance Document (A Green card is no longer required, but you should notify your insurance company prior to your departure)
Vehicle Registration Document
Red warning triangles, spare bulbs, first aid kit, fire extinguisher and a sticker/plate indicating the national identity (e.g. GB) of the car.

Should you be stopped by the police, you will be asked to produce some or all of the above.

If you are planning on staying for more than 90 days, you should check that your insurance cover allows this since most have a limit on overseas cover.

Other important things to remember are:

Drive on the right! Be particularly careful when turning right or left at a junction as this is when you are most likely to get it wrong.
You must be 18 or over to drive in Spain.
Seat belts are obligatory in both the front and back.
Children under 12 cannot sit in the front unless in a suitable child seat.
Spain has stricter drink-driving laws than the UK with severe penalties and automatic bans.
Speeding fines are on the spot for non-residents. Fines are calculated on how far over the speed limit you were and can be hefty.
It is illegal to use a mobile ‘phone whilst driving – fines can be up to 300 euros.

The standard legal speed limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers are:

  Road Number Prefix Speed Limit
In built-up areas (irrespective of road category) - 50kph (31mph
Outside built-up areas on Second-category roads C 90kph (55mph)
Outside built-up areas on First-category roads N or CN 100kph (62mph)
Motorways (Autopista/Autovia) – are often toll roads A or E 120kph (74mph)

See Also

Owning/Driving a Vehicle in Spain
Driving Licences
Buying or Selling a Spanish Vehicle
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