As Spain does not have a Provisional Licence system, the only person who can teach you to drive is a registered driving instructor.
The information you need on how to apply for a driving licence in Spain: who is entitled, how to get the driving permit and how to renew it. Also the role of the driving instructor and taking the examination.
A Spanish driving licence (licencia de conducción) is the standard EU model: a plastic, credit card-sized permit with photograph. Older licences are laminated pink cards with a photograph of the holder.
Legal Driving Ages and Main Permit Types
The Spanish Driving Examination
Applicants for a Spanish driving permit or licence must be resident in Spain.
Making the application
We will take care of making the application and submitting the documents for driver’s exams. In some places the exam may be taken in English: contact us for further information.
Driving theory test
There are two parts to the test, one theoretical and one practical. Both must be passed for a driver to be considered competent.
Training for the theory test can be done with us in English.
A set number of hours of training must be completed with a driving school. The practical test is taken in Spanish and a translator may accompany the person being examined. Some areas have English-speaking driving examiners – enquire if this is possible when first making an application to take the test.
The practical test is taken in a driving school (dual control) car and the driving instructor accompanies the examiner and person being tested. The examiner gives instructions in Spanish (or English if it’s been arranged in advance) to the driving student.