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Points on your Licence
Written by Geoff Jones   
Sunday, 30 November 2008
This article looks at Spain’s points system for driving licences. It has been in effect since July 1st 2006. This information is provided as is and I have endeavoured to make it as accurate as possible. If you can help me by pointing out any inaccuracies or suggest useful additions please email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   and I will be happy to amend. Background Unlike the UK system the more points you have the better. Each driver starts off with 12 points assigned and this usually applies to anyone changing their UK driving licence to a Spanish one. (The issue of whether or not you need to change your licence at all will be covered in a separate article). However drivers with less than 3 years experience are awarded 8 points . If the beginner has no offences for 2 years they are awarded 4 extra points bringing them up to 12. After 3 years of being eligible for 12 points, it is possible to gain 2 more points after 3 years and a further 1 point after 6 years making a maximum possible holding of 15 points.

How It Works

It is believed that when a policeman needs to check your points at the roadside he uses a handheld computer to connect to the Traffic Department or DGT (Dirección General de Tráfico). The cool thing is that you can do this yourself over the Internet to check your own points. To do this go to https://apl.dgt.es/WEB_COPACI/consultarPuntos.faces. You need to enter your NIE number e.g. X1234567W and your password (Clave). Initially you won’t have a password so please notice the link below the form “Si no dispone de una clave de acceso, solicítela Aquí”. When you click on the link you will be asked for:

Your NIE e.g. X1234567W

Your “Fecha de Expedición” 

The latter is the date from which you have been entitled to drive and can be found on the reverse of your Spanish licence card in column 10 against the class of vehicle you are entitled to drive. You also need to provide your email address and mobile telephone number. When you have entered this information (and all goes well) you will be sent an email with an initial password: 

Clave de acceso Permiso por Puntos de la DGT Este mensaje se ha generado automaticamente. Por favor, no lo conteste.Su clave para consultar puntos en la página de Internet de la DGT es:123456Por motivos de seguridad el sistema le obligará a cambiar esta clave la primera vez que acceda a la consulta de saldo de puntos.  

The first time you access the system you will be requested to change your password.

It’s a simple process and you can now see exactly what the policeman sees at the roadside.

Quick Summary of Losing Points

Here is a quick summary of the driving offences you need to avoid if you don’t want to loose points.

Lose 2 points

Speeding and exceeding posted limit (by 21-30kph)

Poor parking causing risks to others

Using radar detection equipment

Incorrect use of lights

Lose 3 points

Speeding and exceeding posted limit (by 31-40kph)

Improper turn to change direction

Failure to maintain distance from vehicle in front

Use of mobile phone when moving

Failure to use seat belt

Lose 4 points

Speeding and exceeding posted limit (by 40kph)

Alcohol 25-50mg

Driving without proper licence

Failure to heed directions of traffic officers

Lose 6 points

Speeding and exceeding posted limit (by 50 per cent)

Alcohol 50-100mg

Reckless driving

How to Recover Points

4 points can be recovered by passing a course of driver safety education consisting of 15 hours instruction. If this is not done and a driver is unfortunate enough to lose all points then he/she must wait six months before attending the course.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 February 2010 )

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