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Old 31st December 2019, 02:25 PM
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"Documents needed when driving in Spain:
A valid driver's licence (Driver must be over 21 and been driving for at least 1 year) A valid form of ID (Passport or ID card) Vehicle insurance. Vehicle registration documents"

Bit worried as wife never wants to carry passports or green resident slip. Is photocopy of passport or green slip acceptable? So people really carry passports on every journey?

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I suspect that list is an old one - insurance doesn't need to be carried (but why wouldn't you?)

The green card/certificate should always be carried if you don't have a Spanish driving licence.

As for passport, after 13 years here, never carried it and never been asked for it when I've been stopped.
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"Documents needed when driving in Spain:
A valid driver's licence (Driver must be over 21 and been driving for at least 1 year) A valid form of ID (Passport or ID card) Vehicle insurance. Vehicle registration documents"

Bit worried as wife never wants to carry passports or green resident slip. Is photocopy of passport or green slip acceptable? So people really carry passports on every journey?
The green card/ certificate is not counted as valid ID as ID needs to have a photo, which leads me like snikcpoh to think that the info you have is not from a good source.
Also like snikcpoh, I have never been asked for my passport, but I do live in a different part of the country and I do have a Spanish driving licence which serves almost everywhere as ID
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Ok i will stop worrying. We have both applied for our Spanish driving licence. Thanks guys!
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"Driver must be over 21 and been driving for at least 1 year"

To do what, certainly not just to drive a car?

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One should be aware that if the registered owner is not in the vehicle when it is being driven, the driver should have an authorisation signed by the owner, to use the vehicle

Why ? If the police stop a vehicle they need to know the vehicle has not been stolen / is not being used illegally.

I have a paper in my car, signed by me, authorising the members of my family likely to use the car. It has a copy of my passport, EU citizen registration certificate (green paper ) and a copy of the passport of each person I have authorised to use the car.

PS. I read somewhere one is obliged to carry the ITV test sheet in the vehicle if itbeen ITV tested. To be on the safe side I now do that (can’t have too many bits of paper )


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Having been stopped once on a check I was asked for licence and insurance papers. Never been asked for passport, never been asked for green card except when dealing with certain departments. Driving licence used to collect parcels as ID everywhere.
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The green card/certificate should always be carried if you don't have a Spanish driving licence.
This seems like strange advice; if you have a green cert, you are resident, and therefore must have a Spanish licence... If, for some reason, you are driving in Spain with a UK, or other licence, other than Spanish, I certainly wouldn't present a green resident's certificate to the GC / Policia, because you will be demonstrating openly that you are breaking the law, surely?

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There is a period of grace regarding residents being required to have a spanish DL. Details can be found on the Internet

In spain a resident is required to carry their green certificate, and legal ID, at all times, albeit that most of us do not

NB The only legal ID a Brit has is their passport or a copy certified by the issuing authority (passport office) or U.K. consulate. We of course know that in most non-legal instances a DL or similar is accepted


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There is a period of grace regarding residents being required to have a spanish DL. Details can be found on the Internet

In spain a resident is required to carry their green certificate, and legal ID, at all times, albeit that most of us do not

NB The only legal ID a Brit has is their passport or a copy certified by the issuing authority (passport office) or U.K. consulate. We of course know that in most non-legal instances a DL or similar is accepted
with photo, of course. The old UK paper licence is not acceptable.

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