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Spanish Driving Licences and Medicals 


Many people who have lived here for a number of years are very loathe to exchange their UK or other foreign licence as they are scared of what the medical exam (if required) involves.

There is no need to be concerned as this is normally a fairly straightforward test carried out by qualified staff, usually doctors looking for extra income, in centres known as Centro de Reconocimiento Medicos. There are many of these about but the vast majority do not speak English so it may pay to take a translator or a friend/person who speaks Spanish to help you if you’re Spanish is poor or you do not speak any.

The first thing that normally happens is that a receptionist will take all your details, confirm you address, date of birth etc. You will be asked what categories of licence you wish to be tested for, most people are happy with just a car licence, but if you require more categories then the test is more expensive and more complex. You will then be sent to a member of staff who will test your reactions. This is done on a machine with two hand controls and a monitor. You will be asked to study the dots/circles and to try and keep them within the lines (like a road) .The dots move in all sorts of directions and the lines move too. Whilst this sounds very complex it’s really quite simple and the worst part is when you first exit the lines and hear a loud sound. The purpose of this is to assess your reactions to rectify for example your car when swerving to avoid an accident or some object and to see how quick you react. Most people hear many of these loud sounds and wrongly (in most cases) assume that they have failed at the first hurdle! Not necessarily so.

You will then be sent to a doctor who will ask various questions regarding your medical history and about any medication you are taking, along with asking about any operations you may have had. You will then do a short eyesight test, similar to those done by an optician but not in such great depth. You will also be asked whether you drink alcohol and if the answer is yes to confirm how often and how much and whether this is beer, wine or spirits or a combination of any or all of these.

You will then have a photograph taken digitally which is what is used on the medical certificate you will be given and of course on the one that the centre sends electronically to Tráfico.

Prices for tests vary slightly from one centre to another but as a general rule of thumb you should expect to pay anything between 45 to 55 euros for a car licence test.

If you require any further information on this or any other car related matters please contact me emma@motorworldtenerife.com or 629048529.