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7 Essential items you Must Carry when driving in Spain in 2020

in Expat Life, Expat Tips and Hints, Facebook Posts, General

Don’t forget to always carry the following things in your car when travelling in and around Spain.

  1. Passport or ID Card
  2. Driving Licence
  3. Insurance Certificate
  4. Original registration document (permiso de circulación) 
  5. Ficha Tecnica/itv (Mot Certificate)
  6. Two warning triangles 
  7. Reflective Jacket(s) – for anyone who gets out of the car on a main road.
If you are driving a UK vehicle, there are two extra requirements. You must also have headlight deflectors fitted to stop your lights dazzling oncoming drivers, and have either Euro reg plates with a GB on, or a GB sticker on the car.
At the end of 2020, when the transition period ends and the UK leaves the EU completely, you will have to have the GB sticker on your car. You will also then need to carry a greencard as part of your insurance documents.
If you don’t want to carry your passport around with you all the time – I know I don’t – you can get away with having a notorised copy in the car. Just go to the Notario nearest to you and they will copy your passport for a fee of around €10. As is normal, you’ll probably have to go back to collect the copy the next day, unless you’re very lucky 🙂