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…

Sending documents in Spain via courier or post

We all need to send documents and post out and let’s face it, we do need to be sure that items arrive on time and to the right address/person. Despite some bad press, Correos, the Spanish postal service is pretty reliable, especially if you use one of their premium services, but unfortunately, not everyone is…

Driving in Spain – what is IVTM road tax?

If you own any sort of vehicle (van, car, motorcycle etc) that’s going to be driving around on Spanish roads, you’ll need to pay IVTM. What is IVTM? Known in Spain by the catchy title of “Impuesto Sobre Vehículos de Tracción Mecánica”, thankfully shortened to IVTM, it’s the equivalent of the UK’s Road Fund Licence…

Documents to carry in my car while driving in Spain?

If you are driving a Spanish registered vehicle in Spain, there are three mandatory documents you need to carry in the car.  A valid drivers licence,  the vehicles Permiso de Circulacion  the Tarjeta de Inspeccion Tecnica del Vehiculo.  You need to carry these originals with you at all times, as copies are not permitted.  It’s…

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…