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It has been made clear that British expats who are resident in Spain can drive their UK plated vehicles on Spanish roads for a maximum of 180 days. After this time, the vehicle must be exported or transferred to Spanish plates.

However, there remains a lot of confusion over whether it is possible to get Spanish ITV (MOT) on UK registered vehicles.

The simple answer is Yes. Your UK plated vehicle can take a Spanish ITV (Inspección Técnica de Vehículos ) test and even pass it and receive the ITV sticker, depending on which part of Spain you live in and which ITV centre you take it to.

However, this does not make your vehicle legal for circulation on Spanish roads.

The Spanish ITV is simply a “Certificate of Roadworthiness”.  A valid UK MOT is required to legally drive your UK registered vehicle in Spain.

Without a valid MOT or equivalent Spanish ITV (subject to your personal situation)your car insurance will be invalid. An insurance company may be willing to sell you an insurance policy for a UK plated car with Spanish ITV, but what will happen when it comes to making a claim? Do you want to take the risk?

Whether you will get caught and fined, or even have your vehicle impounded, or receive a pay out from your insurance company is simply a matter of chance.

So, basically, if you are a resident in Spain and you own a UK plated vehicle,find out the best way to legalise your vehicle. Don´t wait until it is too late …. It can be a very costly mistake!

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Lisa Sadleir

Founder at Family in Spain SL
We love Family Life In Spain. Join us as we share experiences and essential updates, advice & assistance related to living in and moving to Spain. ¡ Olé !

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