What documents do I have to take in my car?
Documents You Must Carry
When you drive a vehicle on Spain´s roads, it is compulsory for you to carry certain documents with you in the vehicle.
The ITV Card
An official document which relates to the technical inspection of the vehicle, the Inspección Técnica de Vehículos, or ITV.
Once your vehicle is 4 years old it will have to undergo the mandatory ITV test. The ITV report details what happened during that inspection.
Permiso de Circulacion
The Permiso de Circulacion is similar to what we might refer to as the log book for a vehicle, which contains information such as the number plate, the vehicle owner and other details.
There are also some documents which are not compulsory, but it is advisable that you carry them with you too.
Carrying the insurance policy is NOT compulsory as the information is contained on a central computer, however, if you are involved in an incident you will need to know your policy details for the Accident Agreement.
European Accident Agreement
Again, it is not compulsory to carry the European Accident form, but it is advisable as it will help you ensure data is recorded correctly in the event of an incident. The forms are available in multiple languages and a laid out the same, so it also makes it easier for bridging language gaps.
It is also not compulsory to carry the information relating to the annual tax paid to municipal town halls.
It is mandatory though that the documents you carry are the originals, not photocopies. The only copy that is allowed is one that has been stamped and certified by a Notary. Notarised copies of documents are allowed, but that is the only exception.