Converting driving license to Spanish

To convert your driving license from a foreign one (EU) to a Spanish (canja) you need to take a few relatively easy steps.

Spanish driving license

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 in any authorized place (Centros de Reconocimiento 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 € 27.20 at the office and hand in all the documents.

International driving license

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 months. 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


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

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