Exchanging the Argentine driving license in Spain is a procedure that you can carry out in a simple way if you are well informed of everything you need. You will have to request documents from your country and obtain others in Spain. If it is a professional-type card, you will also need to take practical tests before your permit can be exchanged.
Steps to follow:
Argentina is one of the countries with which Spain has an agreement to exchange driving licenses. However, there are two cases where you won’t be able to do this:
- When you have obtained the permit in Argentina once you were already a legal resident in Spain.
- When the Argentine driving license is actually the result of the exchange of the permit in Argentina with a third country with which Spain does not have an agreement.
This procedure to exchange the Argentine driving license in Spain is one of those that requires an appointment. To do this, you must call the 060-telephone number or enter the website of the General Directorate of Traffic and request it. You must indicate the Provincial Headquarters to which you are going to do the management.
The price of the exchange of Argentine driving in Spain is just over 88.50 euros in the event that you have to take a practical test. If it is not necessary, just over 27.10 euros will suffice.
At this point, you should know that you will only need to take a practical driving test if you want to exchange C, C+E or D permits. The DGT will inform you how to take the practical test. If what you want is to change the A, B, B+E cards or a BTP authorization, you do not need to do anything more than the administrative procedures.
Before going to the Provincial Headquarters of the DGT for which you requested an appointment in order to exchange the Argentine card in Spain, you will have to obtain a report of psychophysical aptitude, something that you can do in a recognition center for drivers authorized by the DGT. There, they will be in charge of sending it to the DGT electronically. Thus, they will already have it when you go to exchange the card.
Once you go to the DGT, you must bring the following documents:
- Residence card.
- Driver’s License.
- 32×26 millimeter photograph.
- Photo voucher, which they provide you with at the Headquarters, completed and signed.
You should know that the Argentine driver’s license of the E2 class cannot be exchanged in Spain, because there is no equivalence; the same thing happens with the Argentine F-class license. In the case of the Argentine B1 permit, its equivalent is the Spanish B license, although with the restriction that it cannot tow a trailer.
Once you submit all these documents to exchange the Argentine driving license in Spain, at the Provincial Headquarters of the DGT they will give you proof that you have presented them. With this paper, you must go to the nearest Argentine Consulate and present it together with a driving record certificate that you will have to have requested in Argentina. It is very important that this last document when it leaves Argentina bears the Hague Apostille so that the exchange is authorized.
After several weeks and if the Consulate has authenticated your Argentine driving license, the General Directorate of Traffic will give you your provisional Spanish driving license, while waiting for the definitive one to be produced.