LICENSE VALIDITY FOR FOREING DRIVERS:
– European licenses (including Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein):
It is not mandatory to validate your license until it expires. Once it has expired or shortly before the expiration date, it is obligatory to validate it and exchange it for a Spanish license.
Those driver having a indefinite license (that never expire) or those which are valid over 15 years, must exchange it for a Spanish license within 2 years after getting the legal residency in Spain.
Once you have exchanged your license:
• The driver obtains 12 points (Spain has a system of points in which, depending on the severity of the traffic violations: minor/serious/very serious, points get taken away).
• The driver is entitled to drive motorcycles until 125cc (if the original license isat least 3 years old).
• The original license will be returned to the country of origin.
• All types of licenses will be validated even if they are lost.
NOTE: The Owners of a vehicle with a foreign license plate have one month after getting their legal residency to VALIDATE THE LICENSE PLATE IN SPAIN.
– Licenses of countries with an agreement (non Europeans):
Drivers from these countries must validate their license and exchange it for a Spanish license within 6 months after getting their legal residency in Spain.
Andorra, Argelia, Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, South Korea, Ecuador, El Salvador, The Philippines, Guatemala, Macedonia, Japan, Morocco, Monaco, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay and Venezuela.
If the drivers from any of the above countries have an expired license or lost it, they will not be able to exchange it for a Spanish one, with the exception of Andorra, Japan, Switzerland, South Korea and Monaco.
– Driver´s licenses from other countries (USA, Canada, Australia, etc.):
Drivers from these countries must get a new Spanish driving license within 6 months after getting their legal residency in Spain. After that time, these licenses are not valid in Spain any more.
To get a Spanish driving license, you must pass a written test (30 multiple choice questions) that you can take in English, and a driving test on the road with stick shift or automatic car.