How To Get International Driving License For Spain In 12 Steps?

How To Get International Driving License For Spain In 12 Steps?

If you are searching for how to get international license for Spain, read the steps given below to find the answer.

1: Make sure the car is registered in Spain with the local authority and that it has a valid registration sticker, if not apply for one at your Local Authority (LA) or Autonomous City Hall (AH). The registration number must be present on the vehicle windscreen.

2: Pay the ETA (Auto Taxa de Ordenación) to the Autonomous City Hall (AH) of your municipality. Only those vehicles will be registered that has a valid tax sticker on their windscreen. You can only pay at your AH, while other municipalities require you to go to a registered office to pay the tax sticker fee.

3: Visit your local AH and get yourself stamped with “Pago con Tarjeta” as soon as you walk in. It might take a little while if many people are waiting in line but it should be quick enough that you still might beat others to it.

4: Pick up your printed EU driving license from the AH’s office. Remember to bring a photocopy of your passport and any other identity documents required like a credit card or the deed of the car.

5: Drop off your EU driving license at your local AH (as well as some photocopies of all the above documents) along with the ETA return form.

6: Pay an additional tax called Auto Taxa de Ordenación (ATA). ATA costs around €197.50 and can be paid at your local AH. Some places might ask you to go to a register office when paying the ATA, but you can also pay it at the AH if they have the facility.

7: With the ATA fee paid, take your vehicle and home/car/EU driving license to your local fixed registry office (DGT) to start the process of getting a new Spanish license. The DGT is generally a 5-minute walk from the AH and is open Monday afternoons through Fridays, 9-14hrs. 

8: At the DGT, they will check if all documents are in order and ask if you have any previous convictions or accidents. If you have, they will put the mention on your license and send you off to the police station for a Spanish driving test.

9: Once at the police station, provide them with your documents and pay a 100€ driving test charge which they should tell you about before leaving. The Officer will decide whether or not to give you the test based on your history as well as your level of experience. If he decides that’s not necessary, he will tell you to come back early the next morning for it. If it is necessary, he hands down the instruction book explaining what needs to be done during the test.

10: Back at the DGT, you can then pay the driving test fee directly to the Officer. You must wait until the very end of the day because, in order to be able to do so, you must have all of your documents ready and be able to show that they are all in order. At no point should you leave behind any document or ID card, as it will almost certainly cause a delay which could push back your appointment with him.

11: With all your documents ready as well as cash for a small purchase, go the next morning for your driving license test (April 29th). The DGT’s office hours are from 9 am-2pm Monday through Friday.

12: Finally, after several days, if everything has gone well in your application, you will get your new driving license.


If nothing went wrong and there were no errors on your documents and test, you should have been given a Spanish car registration number. There is no need to go to the DGT office again after getting a license plate so long as you have got all other documents ready in case they are requested by the police. If they are not, there is no need to worry because you can use them for an international driving license as well but you might have to go back to the LA or AH office together with proof of ownership/renewal which will require a little work on your part.

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