Spain

Published 2004.05.24 | Last update 2017.04.28

Speed limits are understandable, fines and reactions are mild. Yet their number of road fatalities are low on the European scale. Because the roads are good and the traffic is low?

If you have a spanish identity card (for foreigners this is NIE – Número de Identidad de Extranjero) you are wise to pay all fines within 20 days, you will then be given a discount of 50% – except for very serious offences. This means that the real fines are half of those shown below.
If you do not have a spanish identity , all fines are to be paid on-the-spot. If you do not pay, the police may take your vehicle as security.
You can pay online via the DGT website:

  • Goto www.dgt.es
  • Under Tramitas y multas select “Ha recibo una multa de trafico”
  • Click Pago de Multas
  • Click Pago de Multas sin Certificado Digital
  • Fill in the necessary information

The system is easy, all speeding fines and reactions are summarized on this page.

Important numbers :
Limit – km/h
30 50 80 120
Fine +20km/h €100 €100 €100 €100
Fine +40km/h €400 €400 €300 €300
LICENSE (1 – 3 months)
71 91 141 181
JAIL (3 – 6 months)
91 111 161 201
You may go to jail for excessive speeding in Spain: Speeding exceeding 80 km/h over the legal limit in motorways, or exceeding 60 km/h over the legal limit in city roads will be penalized with either imprisonment or a heavy fine based upon your salary or social works, and with deprivation of the driving licence for up to 4 years.

art. 379.1 del Código Penal (conducción a velocidad excesiva): El que condujere un vehículo de motor o un ciclomotor a velocidad superior en sesenta kilómetros por hora en vía urbana o en ochenta kilómetros por hora en vía interurbana la permitida reglamentariamente, será castigado con la pena de prisión de tres a seis meses o con la de multa de seis a doce meses o con la de trabajos en beneficio de la comunidad de treinta y uno a noventa días, y, en cualquier caso, con la de privación del derecho a conducir vehículos a motor y ciclomotores por tiempo superior a uno y hasta cuatro años.
The Spanish Traffic Police (Guardia Civil Trafico) in Torrevieja on the southern coast has set up up its own Facebook page named after the main national road in the district, the N332. It is in English and they publish tons of useful hints and information almost every day. To foreigners, whether you live here or not, this is the best source on Spanish traffic rules and how it is practiced. And they even have a website.
Highly recommended
It is forbidden to carry any instrument that hinders the policework (radar detectors, radar jammers). This will be rewarded with a fine of €200 and a loss of three points. A radar jammer is considered a serious offence and will be rewarded with a fine of €6000 and a loss of six points.
The active use of a mobile phone will cost you €200 and a loss of three points.
These rules are part of the new traffic law from May 2014.

There are plenty of Spanish speed cameras. The boxes are painted gray and often not easy to see. They all photograph from behind. You will find an interactive map of all the cameras at mapas.race.es (in Spanish, click on “Radares” at the top).
Some cameras are linked in pairs and will calculate your average speed for a distance – without any warning.
You will not know about your fine and penalty points until you receive a letter in the post. If you decide to ignore the fine it does get interest added and the authorities come down very hard on you and ignoring fines can cost a lot of extra money.
You can pay via the net, but it is complicated. There are two steps. First you must confirm the driver. Then, after a while, you will be able to pay. And it is all in spanish. You pay at Dirección General de Tráfico.

Spain (and Portugal) have implemented speed triggered traffic lights. Some traffic lights in urban areas will turn to red early if a car is detected travelling above a preset speed on the approach. There are no warnings – and no fines. A brilliant idea in urban areas? This way you save time by following the limits – and make a fool of  yourself if you don’t know. The locals do …
You will find a discussion on this here.
In Spain you are allowed to exceed the speed limit while overtaking. According to the General Highway Code (Article 51): “The maximum fixed speeds for conventional roads which do not pass through urban areas may only be exceeded by up to 20kph by saloon cars and motorcycles whilst overtaking other vehicles travelling at lesser speeds.”
This does not, however apply to motorways, dual carriageways, or in towns or on roads with special limits different from the standard limits for this type of road.
Limit Corrected
30 km/h 37 km/h
50 km/h 57 km/h
80 km/h 87 km/h
100 km/h 109 km/h
110 km/h 120 km/h
120 km/h 131 km/h

February 2015: There is now a new margin of error in all radar measurements, both fixed and mobile. On roads with a speed limit between 30km/h and 90 km/h, the drivers can be fined when they drive more than 7 km/h over the limit. On roads with speed limits of 100 km/h or more, the margin of error is 7%.
In addition, all mobile radars will now be visible to the drivers. The aim is to make drivers respect the limits (other countries often try to hide their mobile checkpoints).

Spain in detail : → the complete list summarized on one page
Speed Fine (Euro) Points
30 km/h 31-50 km/h 100
51/60 km/h 300 2
61/70 km/h 400 4
LICENSE(1 71/80 km/h 500 6
LICENSE(1 more than 80 km/h 600 6
JAIL(2 more than 90 km/h 6-12mf(3 12
50 km/h 51-70 km/h 100
71/80 km/h 300 2
81/90 km/h 400 4
LICENSE(1 91/100 km/h 500 6
LICENSE(1 more than 100 km/h 600 6
JAIL(2 more than 110 km/h 6-12mf(3 12
80 km/h 81-110 km/h 100
111/130 km/h 300 2
131-140 km/h 400 4
LICENSE(1 141-150 km/h 500 6
LICENSE(1 more than 151 km/h 600 6
JAIL(2 more than 160 km/h 6-12mf(3 12
120 km/h 121-150 km/h 100
151/170 km/h 300 2
171/180 km/h 400 4
LICENSE(1 181/190 km/h 500 6
LICENSE(1 more than 190 km/h 600 6
JAIL(2 more than 200 km/h 6-12mf(3 12
1) 1-3 months.
2) Jail 3-6 months or fine equal to between 6 and 12 months salary or between 31 and 90 days of community work. You will lose your license for between one and four years. This is stated in art. 379.1 del Código Penal (conducción a velocidad excesiva).
3) Monthly fine, equals one month salary.
Fines and reactions may change without any warnings.
Please report any corrections or errors below.
Points / Puntos:

You start with 12 points and lose your license when you are down to zero. Click here to see the complete list on Spanish traffic points from DGT (in Spanish).
Here is a summary of points not related to speeding:

  • Six-point deduction
    • Drunk driving (over 50mg per 100ml)
    • Refusing to take a drug or breathalyser test
    • Reckless driving or participating in unauthorised vehicle racing
    • Driving in the wrong direction
    • Manipulating the speed limiter function
    • Driving vehicles using a radar inhibitor devices (radar jammer) or traffic monitoring systems
  • Four-point deduction
    • Drunk driving (over 25mg per 100ml)
    • Not stopping at: red light traffic signs and Stop signs, and priorities of passage, as well as failure to follow the signals of a traffic police officer
    • Discarding objects that may cause accidents, fires or obstruct circulation
    • Dangerous overtaking
    • Driving with a withdrawn driving licence or driving a vehicle which has been removed from circulation
    • Reversing on motorways and expressways
    • Failure to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front
    • Reversing on motorways and expressways.
  • Three-point deduction
    • Driving without lights in poor visibility
    • Using a hand-held mobile phone or wearing headphones while driving
    • Not wearing a seatbelt (or helmet when riding a motorcycle)
    • Doing a U-turn which does not comply with the law for Road
      Safety
    • Use of radar detector
  • Two-point deductions
    • Stopping on a bend or in a tunnel.

Justlanded.com explains how to get your points back:
Drivers who lose all their designated points automatically lose their licence. To regain their licence, drivers must retake the driving test and take a driving course of around 30 hours. These tests cannot be taken until at least six months after the last driving offence and can be taken only once every two years. Those who have lost points but still have credit on their driving licence regain their points two years after their last offence. Good drivers with no points lost receive an additional two points after three years and a further point after four years, giving them a maximum of 15 points.
If you get penalty points on your license this will often up your premium on your car insurance in Spain, so it is a good idea to try to avoid picking up the points.

24 Comments

  1. ianh
    2017.08.15 @ 16:16

    Hi Guys,

    I have just paid a ticket that I received over 3 months after the event…

    There is an English site where you enter you passport number, your name, date of the incident, and the report number. Now the only number is in the top right hand corner of the notice to the right of the time of the offence. Enter this number BUT without any dashes or dots.. just the numbers!

    Also, enter the full fine amount and any reduction for early payments are automatically calculated when you press enter. My fine was reduced from 100 euros down to 50…. You also get the option to print/email a receipt which you should do so you have a record of payment. I will be taking the fine and the receipt on my next journey to Spain.

    Hope this helps to clarify what can be a confusing thing to do.

    Br, Ian

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  2. Nee
    2017.08.02 @ 17:32

    Is there a law in Spain that you need to pay only once if you get charged for 2 speeding tickets in one day on the same road?

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  3. jon123
    2017.07.13 @ 14:35

    does anyone know if it is speddingcamreas along the A7 from malaga to Marbella? it is a couple of signs, but the traffic are going way past the speedlimit.

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    • TerjeEnge
      2017.07.14 @ 21:05

      As I write on this page, the position of all speedingcameras are official in Spain:
      You will find an interactive map of all the cameras at mapas.race.es (in Spanish, click on “Radares” at the top).

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    • Marc andre
      2017.07.22 @ 03:21

      Just after fuengirola but before mijas la cala the sign specifies tramp 5,3km meaning average speed, I would like to point out that Pegasus helicopter for preventing security issues from within 1km distance may patrol for keeping distances, seat belts, both hands on wheel, speeding you are warned by led panel at benalmadena.

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  4. Potocki
    2017.06.25 @ 17:34

    Hi Guys, I am going to Spain in August. Just wanted to confirm. Stationary speed cameras are not visible to drivers and take photos from behind (good to have more than one driver 😉 ). Mobile speed guns have to be visible for drivers. Right? Are there always warning signs before a mobile/stationary radar?

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    • TerjeEnge
      2017.06.26 @ 22:26

      All stationary speed cameras are visible to drivers, they photograph from behind and are easy to catch if you know how they look. In addition their position is published on the net and all are preceded by a warning sign. The problem is that there are many warning signs without cameras too…
      As for mobile speed guns you will even find those updated on the official net 24/7 (this obviously does not go for civil police cars).
      General advice is that speeding controls are rare on the motor-way – be aware in city/suburbs.
      Welcome to Spain!

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      • Potocki
        2017.06.28 @ 09:24

        Thank you Terje!

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  5. Neill
    2017.04.20 @ 20:17

    Great summary. Thank you. Are you aware if there is a way to check online to see if I have collected any tickets on a rental vehicle?

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  6. victoria durand
    2017.04.06 @ 23:51

    Hi, I am a us citizen, I got ill while in Spain,another person was driving also a us citizen,we pass a truck speeding 12 kilometers over the speed limit advance the truck.. we have received a fine of 100eu while others were passing us at 160 or more, should I pay this fine??

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    • TerjeEnge
      2017.04.09 @ 18:51

      It seems you were extremely unlucky, just 1km/h above the margin of error. If you live in Spain or want to continue to drive in Spain you should definitely pay. If you pay within 20 days you will get a discount of 50% (and often after more than 20 days too).

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  7. Katie Coakley
    2017.03.06 @ 23:14

    I just received a notice about not speeding, but a photo violation for “not complying with no-access road signs for specific vehicles”–I’m not even sure what this means as the date of infraction was 2016-10-22 (more than four months ago) and I truly don’t remember anything like this. Is this even legit? How can I even dispute this sort of ticket?

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    2017.02.13 @ 15:25

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    • TerjeEnge
      2017.02.13 @ 16:25

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  10. Brian
    2017.01.08 @ 20:24

    I think Spain recently raised its speed limit to 130 km/h on the major highways.

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    • TerjeEnge
      2017.01.10 @ 15:13

      They have talked about it, but so far nothing seems to have happened (I live in Spain). This proposal only goes for a small part of the highways and is coupled to a lowering on the speed limit on minor roads.

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  11. Marcel Pop
    2016.11.14 @ 14:46

    I was charged in ibiza Spain but i can’t pay the fine online

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  12. Michael
    2016.09.29 @ 22:32

    Does Spain take (or convert) points collected in other countries?
    E.G. you drive to fast in germany and get 1 Point (Germany has a similar system). Will this point be deducted from your spanish point account?

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  13. Anya
    2016.09.27 @ 18:08

    I drove my British car over to Spain and think I may have been speeding when there was a camera – if I’m correct will they then send a fine to my address in the UK? How will they know my details as it was my own car and not a hire car

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  14. Rebecca Leather
    2016.08.10 @ 17:06

    how can i check my license to see whether any outstanding fines in spain?

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  15. TerjeEnge
    2016.03.29 @ 21:34

    Basically, I think you should pay any speeding ticket – if you think the measurement is OK and no errors have been done.
    And the spanish speeding tickets are not among the worst either.

    Reply

  16. dan
    2016.01.05 @ 15:28

    I just got a speeding ticket from Spain. Should I pay or ignore it?

    Reply

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