Spanish Vehicle Registration
Questions and answers:
our clients have specific questions that they needed
answered regarding the Spanish car registration process
and we have listed all the popular ones below. If you
have any other questions please contact us by telephone,
send us an email or complete the online form. We will be
pleased to assist you.
Q: How long does the
vehicle registration process take from start to finish?
A. Once the vehicle
is ready for registration, the whole process usually
takes between 4 and 7 working days.
Q: How much does
your registration service cost?
A. The cost of
Spanish registration would depend on the type of car,
please contact us for a quote. Additional costs
would be import duty if applicable, annual road tax
(this is calculated pro-rata, but is much cheaper than
the UK). If import duty is not being paid then an
additional fee to the British consulate is necessary for
an exemption certificate. Each vehicle can be very
different and so it is better for clients to contact me
direct for an accurate price. If a car was to fail the
ITV then of course repairs would need to be carried out
to the vehicle and a retest fee of approx 20.00 euro is
charged by the ITV station.
Q: How long can I
legally drive my foreign registered car in Spain?
A. Legally you are
able to drive a foreign registered car in Spain for 180
days if you are on holiday. However you must have a
valid UK MOT, road tax disc and insurance to drive
whilst abroad. If you own a property in Spain
(regardless of whether you have residencia or not) then
legally the police could fine you for driving after
Q: Do I
need to be a Spanish resident to change my car over to
A. You do not need
to have Spanish residencia to register your foreign
vehicle to Spanish registration. You will need to have
an NIE certificate, an up to date padron certificate
from your local town hall, a registration document for
the car and a valid passport.
Q: What happens if
my UK car tax and MOT expire while I am in Spain?
A. You would be
better to register your car to Spanish registration if
your UK road tax and MOT expire whilst driving in Spain.
The other alternative is to return the car to the UK to
renew these items (preferably before the current ones
Q: Do I need to pay
import duty on my car when registering it in Spain.
A. With effect from 1st January 2008 the
Spanish laws state that import duty is not
payable if you re/register your vehicle
within 60 days of signing the padron at your
local town hall. If you have signed the
padron more than 60 days ago you may still
not have to pay any import duty. The import
duty is now called C02 Emissions tax and
many cars are banded below the level which
requires an extra tax to be paid on import.
Please call Amanda (details below) to start
importing your car under the new
legislation. It may not be as expensive as
Q: I have plastic
headlamp deflectors fitted. Will this be enough to get
me through the ITV test?
A. The plastic
headlamp deflectors would not be sufficient to pass the
import ITV. However some cars have the facility to
switch the lights direction for driving in Spain. Other
cars can have new lens covers fitted or a modification
can be made to the existing lights if the lamp does not
have a sealed unit. Please contact me for information
regarding this as if I can save money on lights then I
would like to help you to do this.
Q: I have a light
goods vehicle. Can this be transferred over to Spanish
A. Unfortunately due
to the "BLIND SPOT" which many light goods vehicles
have, you cannot transfer a right hand drive van legally
to Spanish registration. However some vehicles that have
windows or vehicles classed as a mini-bus can be
Q: Is there an
age limit for cars that can be changed over to Spanish
A. There is no age
limit for vehicles being transferred to Spanish
registration. Sometimes I have problems with the
emission test or lights (some of the older motorbikes do
not have indicators). However the knowledge and team of
engineers which I have daily contact with are always
able to assist with any diverse problems which may
Q: What happens to
my car insurance after registration?
A. Once the vehicle
has been re-registered, then assistance or advice can be
given with regards to insurance. Some companies can
simply switch the number of the vehicle.
Amanda for more information: