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Driving in Spain

Information acquired on 11/06/2009

Compulsory documents

Pink EU driving licence.

International driving license (recommended only).

Car registration or rental papers.

Country initials sticker.

International Motor Insurance Card.

Passport (recommended only).

Owner's permission required if using a vehicle belonging to a third party.

Motorists are advised to contact the Motoring Association for information on local regulations.


Maximum alcohol level : 0.05 %. This is to be considered dangerous : don't drink and drive.

Child seat, booster seat or fitted restraint system, compulsory up to 12 years and 1,50m.

Minimum driving age : 18 years.

Safety belt: compulsory front and back.

Motorcyclists: helmet compulsory for driver and passenger.

Dipped headlights compulsory (night and day) for two-wheeled vehicles all year round.

Studded tires under certain restrictions all year round.

On snow covered roads.


Two warning triangles compulsory.

First-aid kit recommended.

Fire extinguisher recommended.

Set of spare light bulbs compulsory.

Fluorescent safety jacket compulsory.

Speed limits (Light vehicles)

In built-up areas : 50 kph.

On roads : 90 kph.

On motorways : 120 kph.

These speed limits are lower in wet weather.

Auto clubs

Real Automóvil Club de España (RACE)

c/ Isaac Newton, 4

28760 - Tres Cantos MADRID


Real Federación Española de Automovilismo (RFE de A)

c/ Escultor Peresejo, 68bis

28023 - MADRID


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