Like many countries, Spain also implements a driving point system to regulate driving behavior. Points are initially given to the driver based on their past driving experience. In case of violation of any driving regulation, points will be subtracted from your driving license.
Novice drivers and drivers that need to reobtain the permit start with 8 points. If after three years they don´t lose any points, their point total will increase to 12 points.
Experienced drivers (with experience of more than 3 years) start with a balance of 12 points. If in 3 years no point subtraction has been implemented, the initial 12 will be increased by 2 points. After another 3 years without infractions, another point will be added, leading to 15 points in total.
2. How to obtain a points certificate?
Sometimes you might be asked to provide a points certificate for several occasions, especially if you are an experienced driver. You can access the certificate by following the instructions here.
3. On what occasion will you lose points?
You will lose points if you commit a serious or very serious offense. You will usually be penalized 2,3, 4, or 6 points per violation depending on the type of offense and the severity:
You can also consult the speeding penalty by following the instructions here.
However, you might also lose all the points in a single day if you commit the following offenses:
You drive with illegal levels of alcohol, or with the presence of drugs in the body
You refuse to carry out drug and alcohol tests
You exceed the authorized speed by more than 50% of the speeding limit
You are manifestly driving recklessly and dangerously
You drive a vehicle with radar jammers installed
You drive in the opposite direction of the road
You run unauthorized races with other drivers
You breach the mandatory driving and rest times by more than 50% if you are a professional driver (such as a truck driver, taxi driver, etc.)
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4. Can I recover the points if I lose them?
As long as you have some points on your permit, even if you have lost some of them, you can still recover your points in the following 2 ways:
Be a good driver: If in the following 2 years, you don´t commit any serious offense, or in the following 3 years you don´t commit any very serious offense, you will have your initial-level points recovered.
Once this period has elapsed and the awareness and re-education course has been passed, you must pass a theoretical exam. Make an appointment for the exam through your center or driving school, or directly at your Traffic office.
Once you have passed the exam, remember that you have to request the issuance of your new permit which can be sent to your home. Remember that in the new permit you obtain you will have a balance of 8 points.
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 BOE.es - BOE-A-2005-12458 Ley 17/2005, de 19 de julio, por la que se regula el permiso y la licencia de conducción por puntos y se modifica el texto articulado de la ley sobre tráfico, circulación de vehículos a motor y seguridad vial. (2021). Retrieved 13 August 2021, from https://www.boe.es/eli/es/l/2005/07/19/17