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HOW TO ….. get an ECO-STICKER for your car?
Monday, January 16, 2023 @ 1:07 PM

By The Crazy Guy


From 1 January 2023 if you want to travel into a town or city in Spain, you are supposed to display an eco-Sticker in the windscreen of your car. From the end of the year all towns in Spain with more than 50,000 inhabitants must have the infrastructure in place to monitor cars entering their municipio. From that date it is also compulsory for drivers to display the appropriate sticker for their vehicle.

Older vehicles are not eligible and must not enter these urban ZBEs (Zonas Bajas Emisiones – in English Low Emissions Zones). But you may still drive your car outside of these areas.

These restrictions do not apply to foreign-registered vehicles.



This initiative, which has already begun in cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Sevilla, as well as Valladolid, Alicante and Murcia, is designed to clean up the polluted air in inner-city areas.

All of a sudden, car owners are getting concerned. I first heard about it when a friend posted a link to a WhatsApp group before Christmas.

Since then The Olive Press has published an article (current edition Issue 410 or

Lenox a blogger at EyeOnSpain has also covered it in a very witty article. See below.


The Stickers

There are five categories and four stickers. Category A is for vehicles which are too old and have high exhaust emissions and MAY NOT ENTER A ZBE. Petrol vehicles registered before 2001 and diesels before 2006 fall into this category.

The other categories are colour-coded:

B, yellow, is for petrol vehicles registered from 1 January 2001 and diesels from 1 January 2006.

C, green, is for petrol vehicles registered from 1 January 2006 and diesels after 1 September 2015.

Eco, green and blue, is for hybrid, natural gas, CNG or LPG vehicles

Zero ‘O’, blue, for electric, hydrogen or fuel cell vehicles.


You can find out which sticker is for you by going to the DGT website and entering your registration number. My car is relatively new, so I get a green sticker.


Please note: Foreign-registered vehicles are not required to display a sticker. But you would be advised to make sure the vehicle is legal in Spain.


How to get your sticker

There are several ways:

  • Online at the DGT website (Direccion General de Tráfico)
  • At any post office – Correos
  • At selected car parts distributors – in Ronda at Sierra Sur Recambios Ronda in Calle Río Guadalteba in the Polígono Industrial.  

A sticker costs 5€.


I went to Sierra Sur today to get mine. All I needed to show were the car’s documents and my ID.

Five minutes, five euros. Sorted.


With thanks to:

Jill La Peche

Jo Chipchase

Lenox Napier

The Olive Press


© The Crazy Guy


Other useful links:




EyeOnSpain       Eco Stickers and How Long Have We Got? (


The Olive Press  Spain is introducing low emission zones in city centres that will prohibit 75% of vehicles. Does this affect your car? - Olive Press News Spain (




Tags: CNG, Correos, Crazy Guy, DGT, diesel, dirección general de tráfico, eco-sticker, fuel cell, LEZ, LPG, Olive Press, petrol, Sierra Sur Recambios, ZBE

Like 2


Frank McKay said:
Saturday, January 21, 2023 @ 10:15 AM

I have a French registered car.
Are you saying that the restrictions do not apply to me and that its ok to enter thesel restriced zones.

The DGT web seems to say otherwise
Please would you clarify beypnd all doubt. I imagine lots of othets interested in a defonitive.


vickya said:
Saturday, January 21, 2023 @ 10:26 AM

'All I needed to show were the car’s documents and my ID.
Five minutes, five euros. Sorted.'

Go on! When you get there, after queueing, there will be one more piece of paper you need. At least.

PablodeRonda said:
Saturday, January 21, 2023 @ 11:48 AM

Hi Frank. My understanding is that all foreign registered vehicles are exempt. Just make sure the car is in Spain legally.

PablodeRonda said:
Saturday, January 21, 2023 @ 11:54 AM

Hi, Vickya. That's why I chose not to go to Correos because there is inevitably a queue. My car parts place is in a remote part of an industrial estate. There was nobody there apart from me and three members of staff. My story is true. Actually it was only FOUR minutes, but five fits better with five euros 💶. Literary licence.

Nancy Hall said:
Saturday, January 21, 2023 @ 1:27 PM

It’s still not clear if you need a sticker if you are coming from a non EU country or UK?

PablodeRonda said:
Saturday, January 21, 2023 @ 2:25 PM

Hi Nancy. I've just updated my article, with a link to the online Olive Press article, where it quite clearly states: "Foreign vehicles don't need a sticker."

Carol Whelton said:
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 @ 11:13 AM

The thin end of the wedge. Next, you will not be able to drive more than 20 minutes from your home.

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