Last update 7.7.2019 | First published 24.5.2004
Their number of road fatalities are low compared to the rest of Europe.
|Important numbers :|
|Limit – km/h
|LICENSE (1 – 3 months)
|JAIL (3 – 6 months)
All speeding fines and reactions are summarized on this page.
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 also goes for payments on-the-spot.
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
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.
Member of the European cross-country fine cooperation. Any traffic fine may arrive at your home address.
Fines may automatically be shared between Austria, Chech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.
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.
You will find a discussion on this here.
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.
|Spain in detail :||→ the complete list summarized on one page|
|30 km/h||31-50 km/h||50||–|
|LICENSE(1||more than 80 km/h||300||6|
|JAIL(2||more than 90 km/h||6-12mf(3||12|
|50 km/h||51-70 km/h||50||–|
|LICENSE(1||more than 100 km/h||300||6|
|JAIL(2||more than 110 km/h||6-12mf(3||12|
|80 km/h||81-110 km/h||50||–|
|LICENSE(1||more than 151 km/h||300||6|
|JAIL(2||more than 160 km/h||6-12mf(3||12|
|120 km/h||121-150 km/h||50||–|
|LICENSE(1||more than 190 km/h||300||6|
|JAIL(2||more than 200 km/h||6-12mf(3||12|
|x) The official fines are double of those shown here.
By paying on-the-spot or within 20 days as a local you will get the fines shown here.
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.
|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|
There is a 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).
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
- 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.
21.07.2021 @ 15:36
Have been driving in Spain for the past few days on the toll and non toll motorways. Roads are great here, like runways.
Have a rental car and am from Canada. Have been driving at reasonable speeds up to 210kmh and averaging 160.
Have slowed down for all marked speed cameras.
Should I expect any tickets once home and do I need to pay them?
09.03.2021 @ 14:30
I traveled in Barcelona with my family in July 2019, with a rented car.
After 7 months I received in ISRAEL a letter from the Rent-A-Car company that i got a speed ticket and I need to pay them a fee.
Since then i tried and tried to get the ticket to check it (don’t even know what’s the charges) and pay for it but I didn’t succeed to talk with anyone and the car company claims they cant help me to get the ticket.
I ask for you help, i would like to clear any debt I might have.
12.10.2020 @ 13:01
The 7 km/h or 7% tolerance is only for mobile radars. For fixed radars it’s 5 km/h or 5%. For helicopters it’s 10 km/h or 10%.
Cameras which are linked in pairs and calculate your average speed for a distance are labeled as “Control de velocidad en tramo” or “Control de tramo” (so, it’s not true that there is no warning) and apply NO TOLERANCE ERROR. Sometimes there is a distance specified on the sign, but not always. The first type is common in long tunnels, for example, where the end of the controlled distance is obvious, but is also possible on open roads.
Example without distance specified:
Example with distance specified:
05.01.2020 @ 21:14
I received two speeding tickets last week from a trip we took to Spain in early November 2019. I am getting the following error, “Error, the field Date of Notification is not correct.” although I am using the date on the document I received.
Anyone have a solution to this? Thank you in advance.
10.02.2020 @ 03:06
You need to change the timezone of your computer to match the timezone of Spain
18.10.2020 @ 13:14
I have fine and the same problem to pay.
Had you paid yours and how?
Mr Tanveer Ahmed
05.10.2019 @ 17:38
I received notification of a traffic offence in Spain on the 30th September for an offence dated 18 July 2019.
Is there a requirement for it to have been issued within a time period for it to be valid?
15.08.2020 @ 16:48
We were caught twice within 30 mins on 5th March 2020, and have only just received the notifications, over 5 months later. I have read elsewhere that fines are revoked if not received within 3 months – but can’t find anything on the official DGT website. Does anyone know? Where can I find out?? We don’t want to pay if don’t need to!
05.09.2019 @ 18:03
Just paid the fine at 50% discount. Here are some hopefully help things to know:
1. Identification type: Other
2. Identification number: I entered my driver’s licence number
3. Name/Business Name: your first name
4. Surname: last name
5. Additional surname: last name again
6. Email: your email address
7. Document Nr.: the number at the top right, something like 00-000-000.000-0 (don’t enter the dashes or period)
8. Amount (with no discount): the full fine amount
9. Notification date (DD/MM/YYYY): the date at the top middle (don’t worry if it’s after 20 days discount period, the system will calculate whether you get the discount)
10. If all matches up, then you enter your credit card payment information
I got a message that the system was down and to try again. But when I did, it indicated that I have already paid for it. Be vigilant and look at your credit card account to see if the charge went through.
Good luck and slow down.
25.11.2019 @ 13:20
Thanks, your post helped me clarify what data to put where.
I also got the System Down message at the end, but its been charged to credit card so hopefully sorted. Be nice to get a confirmation email or something so no surprises next time I rent a car in Spain 🙂
07.08.2019 @ 22:42
Anyone tried using the website and got the error “field date of notification is not correct”? I’m using the date supplied on the fine and it doesn’t matter whether I type the date or select from the calendar I get the same message, Doesn’t let me progress so I’m completely stuck. Any suggestions? Thanks
31.08.2019 @ 03:15
Having the same problem, did you manage to pay?
02.09.2019 @ 21:15
Have you overcome this problem yet as it is doing the same thing for me.
26.10.2019 @ 00:32
I had the same problem. Tried to pay from my iPad , switched to windows laptop and it worked fine.
28.11.2019 @ 00:54
Same issue here
28.05.2019 @ 19:55
Hi, I received a ticket in Gran Canaria for driving at 109 km/h in a road where the limit was 100km/h. Many sites say that the tolerance should be 109km/h, others 7% (so 107km/h) which is correct?
The car rental do not have my credit card details so they cannot charge the fine, I live in the UK, what happens if I do not pay the fine? Can they prosecute me here? Any problem next time I will go in Spain? Thanks
17.05.2019 @ 07:49
I got speeding ticket in 3/2014 and I have not pay the fine, in the road between barcelona and Madrid. ( I am US citizen) i do not plan to come back but I will be in Germany and I will rent a car.
Should I ignore it or pay it in germany airport if they stopped ?
31.01.2020 @ 21:38
You should not have a problem in Germany. It is nothing to do with Germany and is for the Spanish to chase it.
13.05.2019 @ 14:58
I was curious about the license plate sheiks that distort the plate number from the side for cameras for use in Spain ? Are they considered same fine / issue as having a radar detector ?
17.04.2019 @ 11:42
I got fined lately for driving with 112km/h in stead of 100km/h.
I lost the fine thought and i don’t live in spain.
can anyone tell me how to get the information concerning the fine so i can pay it on time ?
i have 2 more days so i can pay the 50% (50€), if not i will pay the hole penaldy : 100€
28.02.2019 @ 07:37
Hi SpeedingEurope Team,
Great website, really helpful. Thank you!
Do you know if there is an official email address for the Centro de Tratamiento de Denuncias Automatadas?
I want to contact them regarding a fine that was issued to me recently.
(I live in Australia and email is way simpler than calling or faxing.)
15.01.2019 @ 01:46
I have the same experience as most. Last August 2018 I was 21 km over the limit. Got a notice from the rental car company, then soon came the ticket from authorities in Spain. I paid immediately within the “discuento” time, online, in the amount of 50 Euros as stipulated. Now however, almost a month later, I got an additional fine from them for 100 Euros for the same speeding infraction (same date/time/location). Any ideas? TIA.
23.02.2019 @ 19:37
I live in spain and got a speeding fine from October, delivery by post in Decemeber! The first one was to confirm I was the driver…. my gestoria made payment online at discount rate and a week later the full fine came in post…. Just a delay in process.
19.03.2019 @ 14:20
I got a ticket 7 months! after the offence in Spain (Aug 2018) is there not a time limit!?
18.12.2018 @ 19:55
Hi, Does the 1-3 month ban apply only in Spain or will it affect someone when they are back home?
18.12.2018 @ 17:11
Hi, I think I was just caught out by an evil camera on the A-384 while driving from Jerez to Granada. I looked it up and apparently it’s at 89.6km on the A-384 near Campillos. The road is a high speed single carriageway generally with 90km/hr limits which I was sticking too fairly religiously and being overtaken by everyone in Andalusia. However, there is about a 200m stretch where the limit reduces to about 60km/hr (a clearly excessive reduction which everyone would otherwise ignore) as it passes over a bridge. They’ve put some cameras there in what I think is probably the most horrifying examples of speed camera trickery I’ve ever seen (and I’m from England!). Anyway, I imagine I was probably doing 90-100 at the time, I’m just looking for reassurance I’m not going to have my license revoked or anything scary like that, happy to pay the fine for my mistake.
29.12.2018 @ 22:06
40 over the limit outside built-up areas is 4 points and a EUR 200 fine, no license withdrawal. International license withdrawal is not possible because countries are sovereign and can’t (yet) be forced to enforce withdrawals of licenses.
05.09.2019 @ 09:10
I was caught at exactly the same place and same circumstances this year. I’m from England too. Obviously a good tourist trap cash cow.
10.12.2018 @ 09:49
Does Spain also uses fakes and decoys radar sign ?
I encountered a few ones without beeing able to identify the actual camera, and they also do not appear on the cameras locations maps.
17.12.2018 @ 13:14
Yes, there are places with signs but no radars.
22.11.2018 @ 19:32
Do you know what is the situation at Gran Canaria? Many speed cameras?
12.12.2018 @ 16:20
Ve been there. Not many cameras. A few on the highway not many in towns. Haven’t seen any police in 3 days. Rather relaxed way of driving and ..speeding.
Speed safely and don’t get caught!
06.11.2018 @ 13:57
I recently hired a car from Malaga, Spain and I am a UK resident.
I have received notification from hire company on 8/10/2018 that the car if hired was ticketed 1 time in the period, 27/09/2018 and 01/10/2018 this I had the car. They said that my details had been past to the authorities and would receive a fine in the next few weeks. It is now 6/11/2018 almost a month after the initial notification and I still have not received a fine ? What should I do?
I have read that some minor fines are waived for small fines for no resident, is this true?
04.09.2018 @ 09:37
Apparently, if you pay your fine within 20 days in Spain, you get 50% discount. I just got a 100 Euro ticket, a ridiculous amount for mild overspeeding (actually, it makes perfect sense if Spanish authorities want everyone to drive looking at speed meters instead of the road). Paid 50 Euro because I paid it fast.
04.09.2018 @ 11:36
This is clearly stated on the Spain webpage: The official fines are double of those shown above
A good policy, well worth to remember. In other countries you will often have your fines doubled.
Sudeep ARYAL SHARMA
16.08.2018 @ 12:00
I recently did a prohobited U turn in Barcelona bacause of following the GPS and not seeing the ‘no U turn sign’ on time. Should I expect a fine by post? If so how much it is? Also how many points are reduced from my licence? Thanks for your comment.
27.06.2018 @ 11:51
I was in Spain in the month of Feb 2018. We had hired a card and we for a speeding ticket of 100 Euros.
The fine was sent to my home address which I received in March or April.
I would like to pay the fine, but I’m unable to pay from https://multas.dgt.es. webpage.
Can you please help me out with the procedure other than the website?
03.10.2018 @ 01:10
Did you get this sorted I got a ticket today. Same situation with a hired car.
11.02.2018 @ 01:29
“Fines and reactions are mild”. Then we can read that you can get “jail time 3-6 months or a 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.”. The worst thing is that it applies to rural roads and freeways as well (I could understand if you get that for driving like crazy in the middle of the city or residential areas where you run the risk of hitting pedestrians, cause bad collisions in intersections etc. – but for going 200 km/h on the freeway, that’s insane). I wouldn’t call that mild.
You should add the disclamer “…as long as you just go slightly over the limit” (because apphearently, the penalties are quite mild as long as you just speeding a little – but then they get really bad)
12.02.2018 @ 15:48
Yes, I know. Spain is one of the few countries you may go to jail. On the other hand I am a Norwegian myself, and I was sentenced to three weeks in jail for going 142km/h on a motorway. So this is very relative 🙂
Another good side with Spain is that there are not too many speed controls and you always get a warning (even all temporary controls are announced on the web).
Again in stark contrast to Norway, where the police is everywhere and hiding.
01.02.2018 @ 14:41
There are many provincial roads with a speed limit of 100km/h – how are fines calculated for these?
12.02.2018 @ 15:40
The complete list is here: https://www.speedingeurope.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/cuadro_velocidad.pdf 🙂
05.11.2017 @ 21:22
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I received a brace of speeding tickets for a trip I took in a car I rented in Spain. Fair cop, happy to pay as I expect to return and need to rent a car…
However actually making the payment was a royal PITA… I just thought I would share here if it will be of any use to anyone.
I went to the tramites-y-multas/alguna-multa/pago-de-multas/ page on the dgt.es website as directed (I’ll not put the URL here incase it gets chomped out) and finally managed to figure out that I needed to click on the ‘Pago de Multas sin Certificado Digital’ . The page would not load… after repeated tries on different browsers and even different laptops / PCs I still could not get the page to load. I eventually found a technical document suggesting I monkey around with the security settings of Java on my machine… I chose to ignore it, but it did suggest there may be a networking type issue going on. So I tried on my phone using mobile data, not my wifi (ios 11.1, SE, Safari) and lo! The page loaded, and allowed me to fill out my details of the fine and enter payment details… Although, the payment details were not accepted and payment did not complete – all I was left with was a useless error message saying “Incorrect details”.
So, as there had a note somewhere on the page suggesting it had been optimised for IE and Firefox I decided to try a laptop connected to a data hotspot on my phone, over mobile data… And… It all worked a treat – same data as before, all accepted, payment taken and receipt downloaded / emailed.
I suspect this is an issue with my wifi set up, or possibly even with my ISP (Virgin Media…) rather than anything else, but this may be of use to someone…
15.08.2017 @ 16:16
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.
21.10.2017 @ 19:46
I was in Spain in June-July. Got my first ticket in September through my car rental. Paid. Got two tickets earlier this week for tue same day: 30th June ( i.e. almost 4 months later) again through the car rental. I wonder how many more tickets await for me…
Does anyone know how much later after the speeding incident can a ticket be issued? In some countries it is as short as two weeks.
Thanks in advance.
29.11.2017 @ 03:19
What is the name of the English site that you used to pay the ticket?
15.01.2018 @ 10:45
what is the site?
23.11.2018 @ 17:03
Hello. I got 2 speeding fines. What is the english site you speak of? Thanks
02.08.2017 @ 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?
13.07.2017 @ 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.
14.07.2017 @ 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).
22.07.2017 @ 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.
19.08.2017 @ 14:29
If there is a sign there is a camera …just driven from Gibraltar to Vilafranca must be about 50 + cameras , you can usually see them on the overhead signs , but also look out for grey boxes maybe just over a meter high o. The side of the roads with gatso type cameras …but once you have sent one after a sign that’s about it until the next sign …hope this helps
25.06.2017 @ 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?
26.06.2017 @ 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!
28.06.2017 @ 09:24
Thank you SpeedingEurope Team!
19.08.2017 @ 14:29
Yes and yes 🙂
20.04.2017 @ 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?
06.04.2017 @ 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??
09.04.2017 @ 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).
16.11.2017 @ 04:25
Hi, you said that 1 km/h only margin of error. But above is different… What is correct? ) Thanks
There is a 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).
10.06.2021 @ 22:32
What if you do not live in Spain, travel to Spain, or want to drive in Spain ever again?
06.03.2017 @ 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?
13.02.2017 @ 15:47
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08.01.2017 @ 20:24
I think Spain recently raised its speed limit to 130 km/h on the major highways.
10.01.2017 @ 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.
14.11.2016 @ 14:46
I was charged in ibiza Spain but i can’t pay the fine online
29.09.2016 @ 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?
27.09.2016 @ 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
10.08.2016 @ 17:06
how can i check my license to see whether any outstanding fines in spain?
29.03.2016 @ 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.
05.01.2016 @ 15:28
I just got a speeding ticket from Spain. Should I pay or ignore it?