Converting your Driving License into a Spanish Driving Licence

relocation process

When you are a resident in Spain and your EU driving license is about to expire you will need to convert to a Spanish license. This is called a canje del permiso de conducción de paises de la Unión Europea.To convert your driving license from a foreign one (EU) to a Spanish (canja) you need to take a few relatively easy steps.


Hand in your driving license

  1. Request an appointment, this can be done trough the internet. Click here to go to the website.
  2. Get a medical test. You can do this inany authorized place (Centros de ReSpanish driving licenseconocimiento de Conductores autorizado). If you don’t know where to go near the ‘Jefatura de trafico’ there are several places clearly signposted. They will do it straight away, without an appointment and the results will be ready straight away. This will cost you approximately € 45.00.
  3. Go to the Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico  and take the following original documents & photocopies:
  • Residency card & photocopy
  • Driving license & photocopy
  • ID (passport or national IC card) & photocopy
  • Standard size Spanish picture for driving license.

You will have to pay around € 27,60 at the office and hand in all the documents.

What will happen is that the authorities will take your driving license from you, confirm that it is indeed a valid one with the country where it is issued and then start the conversion. This will take a couple of weeks. In between you will have only a temporary Spanish driving license, which is not valid in other countries.

Therefore if you wish to drive somewhere Morocco, Germany or anywhere else in the world you need to obtain first an international driving license in the same office. You will need the same documents with additional photocopies and extra passport photograph and pay around € 10.00


Location Traffic Office

The office in the province of Malaga is located in Calle Max Estrella, 12 in Malaga.


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