Frequently asked questions
Can I apply for the theoretical exam as an European citizen from a country different from Spain?
You can apply for the theoretical exam to get a Spanish Driving Licence in DGT (official body in Spain to issue driving licences), as long as you can verify your Spanish residence, no matter what your country of origin is.
If you already have a previous driving license in your country of origin you need to check if Spain has an homologation agreement with your country. All European citizens can exchange their original driving licenses directly in the DGT office. For other countries you need to check.
It is not mandatory to exchange your original license until it expires and you can keep using it until this date. If the driving licence of your country of origin has no expiration date, you can’t use it indefinitely in Spain and you should exchange the license not later than 2 years after you get your definitely Spanish residence permit.
Can I apply for the Spanish Driving License if I am a non-EU citizen?
If you are holder of a non-european driving licence, for example from Russia, UK or United States of America, you can drive with the original driving licence of your country of origin for a maximum time of 6 months after your arrival to Spain.
The Spanish government allows you to drive with this driving license for another 6 months beginning to count from the day you get your Spanish residence permit.
If this time finishes, you won’t be allowed to drive with this license anymore and you should take a new Spanish one.
Which are the Non-EU countries with a driving licence homologation agreement with Spain?
Some countries signed an agreement with Spanish Government to validate and exchange the driving licenses of their country of origin automatically in Spain.
These countries are the following:
Andorra, Argelia, Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, South Korea, Ecuador, El Salvador, The Philippines, Guatemala, Macedonia, Japan, Morocco, Monaco, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay and Venezuela.
As a citizen from one of these countries you can only exchange a valid non-expired license, except the ones from Andorra, Japan, Switzerland, South Korea and Monaco that can exchange it after expiration date.
The day of the exam, will my theoretical exam be in English or in the official language of the city where I apply?
When you make the appointment with DGT, you should notify them of your intention to take the theoretical driving exam in English; otherwise, they will give it to you in Spanish.
Which class of driving licences can be taken in English?
Theoretical Exam: The DGT (official body) only allows you to take the driving exam for the Class B (cars) license in English. All other driving permits, such as the Class A (motorcycles) or Class C (trucks) must be done in Spanish.
Practical Exam: Unfortunately DGT examiners only speak Spanish so you must perform your practical exam receiving all the guidelines in Spanish. If you have an english-speaking teacher, he will translate to you the guidelines but if not, don’t be afraid, because they are not more than 12 orders as for example: Go straight, turn right or park.
Is it mandatory to attend the on-site theoretical classes at a driving school to pass my official exam?
No, it’s not mandatory. You can get your driving licence without the requirement of going to a physical driving school by practising with our online tests, studying the driver’s theoretical book and submitting the required documentation to the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT).
You will pay the examination fee directly in the DGT office at the moment of submitting your documents.
What are the required documents to submit to DGT to get the Spanish driving licence?
Original documentation required to all the candidates:
- Passport, NIE or DNI, if you have already processed it.
- Residence certificate if you can’t provide DNI or NIE. You need to prove that you have lived in Spain for the last six months.
- Medical certificate
- 2 passport-sized photos
- Traffic fees to take the exam in 2020: €92,20
REMEMBER: It’s essential to have Spanish residence at the time when you request your appointment. Otherwise, it won’t be possible to apply.
How can I make an appointment at the DGT Office to schedule my exam?
- If you feel prepared to take the theoretical exam, the first step is to visit the office of the “Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico” of the town where you reside, requesting an appointment at the following link: https://sedeapl.dgt.gob.es/WEB_NCIT_CONSULTA/solicitarCita.faces
- Once there select the city where you want to perform the exam. If you don’t know where to find the official DGT office of your town where you have to take the exam, consult the following link: Listado de Jefaturas Provinciales
- Select the procedure type “Trámites de Oficina” and then click on the “Continuar” button.
- Click on the “Exámenes permiso de conducir” option and then submit your personal data.
- Finally, select the day and the hour that works best for you to go to the office from the possible options.
- A copy of the appointment with the day and the hour will appear at the screen. Please don’t be late and remember to bring along with you all your personal documents and the payment of the tax (It is only allowed to pay with debit/credit card).
Will the exam questions I answer on PracticaTest tests be the same ones that I’ll find on DGT’s official theoretical exam?
Yes. All the questions located in our “Latest DGT tests” area have been extracted from real DGT theoretical tests. This body has a database of more than 14,000 possible questions and we add the most updated ones every week to provide you the best materials to get your driving licence.
If you perform the exam in english language the database has less questions (about +2,800 questions) but the preparation needs to be as good as if you do it in Spanish.
Will I find updated theoretical questions according to the current applicable traffic laws on www.practicatest.com?
We upload exam questions every week once they have been published by DGT. That way, you can be sure that all our materials are fully up to date. The most recent update is 21-12-2020.
Can I take my theoretical driving exam online?
No, it’s not possible. You can practise with all our online tests, the same as the one that you’ll find on the exam day, but for the official exam you must go to the Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico office of your town on-site and sit the test either on paper or computer.
Is my USA, UK or Russian driver’s licence valid to drive on Spanish public roads?
No, you’ll need to obtain a Spanish driving licence, since the Spanish state doesn’t accept the UK driving licence or any non-EU permits as valid to drive in Spain.
Only driver’s licences issued by EU member countries or EEA countries (Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein) will be valid to drive in Spain, as long as they are in force. Also will be valid the driving licenses issued in the countries with an homologation agreement with Spain.
How can I check the result of my theoretical or practical driving exam?
You can check your exam score in the following DGT link https://sedeapl.dgt.gob.es/WEB_NOTP_CONSULTA/consultaNota.faces the following day after performing it (after 17:00 PM)
What happens if I fail my theoretical or practical exam?
Every time you pay the DGT fee of 92,20€ you have two opportunities to pass your theoretical or practical exam. If you waste these two opportunities you will need to pay again the same amount that will give you another two chances.
Which is the minimum number of practical lessons that I must perform if I’m an experienced driver?
The Spanish driving regulations obligates all the candidates to do a minimum amount of 5 practical lessons before applying for the practical exam. It is likely that your teacher recommends you to perform more than 5 lessons, especially if you are accustomed to driving on the left.
Which payment methods can I use to purchase a premium membership in Practicatest.com
You have three options to make the payment:
- Bank deposit or bank transfer.
- Debit or credit card – American Express cards (AMEX) are not allowed.
If I become a premium Practicatest.com member will they charge me any else amount once the subscription is ended?
No, we don’t save any financial information from our students so once the subscription is ended, if you want to continue you should make a new payment for a 20 more days extension.