Registering your vehicle in Spain, the ITV test

When registering a vehicle in Spain, you need to pass an ITV test. An ITV test (inspección técnica de vehículos)  is the technical inspection that verifies the vehicle qualifies to be driving on the Spanish highway. Where you need to go to pass the inspection The DGT provide a list of every authorised vehicle inspection…

Tyres and passing the ITV: Upsticks top tips on all things tyres

Tyres are one of the most scrutinized aspects of the ITV inspection. Here are Upsticks top tips on what the technicians are looking for and how to avoid a fail. General condition of tyres AND rims, visual check The first thing on the list is a visual check of the tyres and the rims. A…

Registering your vehicle with DGT Tráfico – proof of address

If you’re buying a Spanish car or registering a foreign vehicle with the traffic authorities (DGT – Dirección General de Tráfico) in Spain you’ll need to provide proof of address. Depending on your circumstances, there are three ways to meet this requirement: Padrón Certificate – Certificado de empadronamiento By far the best way to prove…

Can you save the tax when moving to Spain and registering a car?

If you are planning to permanently relocate to Spain and apply to become a Spanish resident, you may well be bringing a vehicle with you as part of your “goods and chattels”. While it’s quite well known that there are taxes to be paid when importing a vehicle, under certain circumstances, you may be able…

The ITV Sticker – where to put it, what the colours mean and more!

When your car successfully passes it’s ITV – Inspección Tecníca de Vehículos – (Spanish equivalent to the MOT or DOT in the USA), along with the pass sheet, you’ll be given your official ITV sticker. Where to put your ITV sticker The sticker needs to go on the inside top right of your windscreen (or…