MiDGT mobile application

MiDGT mobile application

MiDGT mobile application is the official name of the android application from the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) in Spain.

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Launched in March this year it gives the user access to their driving licence, the number of points they retain on their driving licence as well as details about Spanish vehicles registered in their name.

You can update your mobile phone and email address held by the DGT and authorise the receipt of notifications from the DGT.

When you log in you will see your photo, your points summary and the vehicles you own listed further down.

In the top left corner are the three lines which opens up a menu. From here you can add your mobile phone number and email to the records that the DGT hold and also switch on or off a button to receive notifications.

Next to the welcome message and photo of the registered user is the option “Ver mi carnet”. Click here and this takes you to a copy of your Spanish driving licence.

Copy of your Spanish driving licence

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Once you click “Ver mi carnet” on the DGT mobile application your driving licence appears. It will show all the details of the original plastic card that you probably have in your wallet. Your date of birth, DNI/NIE etcetera. You can click to turn the card on the MiDGT mobile application around. This shows you the list of vehicle categories you have permission to drive. The dates of when you were authorised to drive each category of vehicle and the expiry date for each category is also shown in the same format as it is on the original pink plastic card licence.

This image explains the front of the driving licence as it appears on the MiDGT mobile application. The letters and numbers next to row headed 9) are the categories of vehicles you have permission to drive.

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In the top right corner you will see a blue arrow forming almost a circle. Click this icon and you are presented with the reverse side of your driving licence.

Here you have more details about the category of vehicles you have permission to drive. When you were authorised to drive them and when the category expires.

If you return to the first page we looked at, the one when you access the application then lower down you will see the list of vehicles registered in your name.

Here you can click on each one to find out more information about each one.

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List of your Spanish vehicles

There is information on the make and model of the vehicle, what fuel it uses and the engine size (cilindrada).

You will also find the VIN / Bastidor number and the date the vehicle was first registered. Now of course, it also has the environmental rating shown.

Further down the individual vehicle page you have confirmation of whether it passed the last ITV and very usefully the date the current ITV expires.

Lower down the page are the insurance records of the vehicle and the insurance renewal date.

For each vehicle registered in your name there is a record. You can access them one by one from the front page of the MiDGT mobile application.

The DGT plan to expand the use of the application. The idea is you will be able to carry out various administrative tasks from your mobile phone. In the future, you should be able to pay relevant fees using the MiDGT mobile application, pay traffic fines, identify the driver who caused the traffic infraction if it was not you that was driving.

In a later stage they intend to enable users to include matriculation and transfer of vehicle ownership using the MiDGT mobile application.

How to download the application

The application can be downloaded using your android phone’s play store or if you are an apple user from the App Store.

To access the application you will either have to have a digital signature installed on your mobile phone or have access to the Cl@ve PIN application as part of the security measures to access the information.

To log in the first time I used the Cla@ve PIN application I already have installed on my phone. It makes it a bit cumbersome the first time but then the next time I wanted to log in I just had to use my finger print and went smoothly straight into the application.

Although the MiDGT mobile application has limited functionality at the moment, the promised further developments will make dealing with Tráfico a lot easier in the future.

One final point, for the time being we still recommend you have possession of your physical driving licence on you whilst driving.

Driving licences extended 60 days if they expire during the State of Alarm

Driving licences extended 60 days if they expire during the State of Alarm

The Interior Ministry has issued an order extending the validity of driving licenses that expire during the state of alarm for 60 days. 

The order, published this Saturday in the Official State Gazette (BOE), states that “driving permits and licenses, as well as other administrative authorizations to drive, whose period of validity expires during the state of alarm, will be automatically extended while it lasts the same and up to sixty calendar days after its completion ”. 

The resolution, signed by the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, also affects valid foreign driving licenses to drive in Spain. The law establishes that these permits are valid for six months from arrival in Spain and that, after that period, foreign drivers must exchange their country’s permit for a Spanish one. 

The order published today in the BOE establishes that the computation of those six months is paralysed during the state of alarm, and will resume once that period has ended. Therefore, foreign driving licenses for which the legal six months have not expired remain valid during the state of alarm. 

Essential vehicles exempt from some traffic restrictions

The resolution also affects certain vehicles that provide essential services such as the distribution of medicines, medical supplies or food. The Royal Decree, by which the state of alarm was established, indicates that the Minister of the Interior “may agree to close the circulation of roads or sections of them for reasons of public health, safety or fluidity of traffic or the restriction on access of certain vehicles for the same reasons. ” The order issued this Saturday indicates that these restrictions that may be established will not affect: 

a) Roadside assistance vehicles. 

b) Vehicles and road maintenance and maintenance services. 

c) Vehicles for the distribution of medicines and medical supplies. 

d) Urban solid waste collection vehicles. 

e) Vehicles destined for food distribution. 

f) The transportation of flux materials. 

g) Vehicles destined to transport fuels. 

h) Live livestock transport vehicles. 

i) The transport of perishable goods (fruits, fresh vegetables and others), provided that the perishable goods account for at least half of the vehicle’s payload capacity or occupy half of the vehicle’s payload volume. 

j) The vehicles of the State Society of Posts and Telegraphs. 

The restrictions will also not affect other vehicles “that help guarantee the supply of goods or the provision of essential services for the population.” The Royal Decree on the state of alarm already indicated that these restrictions did not affect emergency vehicles or police vehicles. The order signed by the Interior Minister has been issued, like the rest of the resolutions established under the Royal Decree on the state of alarm, in order to protect the health and safety of citizens, contain the progression of the disease and reinforce the public health system. The objective is to guarantee the supply of basic necessities and the provision of essential services for our society. 

To make this measure effective and guarantee unity and coordination in its execution, the order establishes that the General Director of Traffic, Pere Navarro, report the same “to those responsible for traffic in the Autonomous Communities, or, where appropriate, of the local entities that have assumed competences in the matter of traffic ”. 

How to change your UK or other EU driving licence to a Spanish driving licence yourself?

DGT advise to change your UK driving licence to a Spanish licence before 31 January 2020

Change your UK driving licence to a Spanish licence before 31 January 2020

The United Kingdom will cease to be a member of the European Union if BREXIT takes place. At that moment, all agreements related to driving licences will no longer be valid for UK nationals.

The DGT (Dirreción General de Trafico) advises that you get your driving licence changed over before the 31 January 2020. Although your UK driving licence will remain valid for a further period of nine months in Spain, the conditions to transfer to a Spanish one after BREXIT are unknown.

If you are living in Spain and want to transfer from a UK licence to a Spanish licence, it might be better to do it now. There is a standard protocol in place to exchange a UK licence for a Spanish licence now. After BREXIT, the UK and European countries would have to sign a new agreement to exchange driving licences.

The process is fairly straightforward and there are many people that will help you with the paperwork. Shop around though to make sure you are not over charged. The process takes around a month. You have to hand in your old UK licence and the DGT give you a temporary document, which you can show to the Spanish police if you are stopped, until your new Spanish licence arrives.

The DGT post your new licence to your postal address in Spain, meaning there is no need to return to the Regional Traffic Office to collect it.

If your UK driving licence has not expired, as mentioned above, you can continue to use it for up to nine months after BREXIT but the conditions to exchange it for a Spanish licence could change.

If you want to know more about changing your driving licence then you can read our article UK or Spanish driving licence.

Or for more detailed information on how to change your driving licence form UK to Spanish then we have produced a step-by-step guide to changing your driving licence.

Need help? You can contact us and depending on your location we might have a professional contact in your area that can help with the process.

UK to Spanish licence step by step

How to change your UK or other EU driving licence to a Spanish driving licence yourself?

If you need/want to change your driving licence from another EU driving licence to a Spanish driving licence then you can either employ the services of a gestoría or you can do it yourself.

Here is the process if you want to do it yourself.

In order to apply you should prepare the following:

  1. A completed application form. You can download one here.
  2. Pay the tax. At the point of writing the tax is 28,30 euros. It can be paid by bank card at the Traffic department Office when you apply, by direct debit or in cash at a bank. You cannot pay by cash at the Traffic Office. The simplest way is to pay at the Traffic Offcie using your bank card.
  3. You must provide proof of your identity. A valid identification card or Passport.
  4. Your residency document.
  5. You will need to prove you are living in Spain. This will be way of a copy of the Padron. This shows you have registered at the Town Hall as a local resident. The document must be dated within the last three months to be accepted.
  6. Your current driving licence
  7. A photo 32mmx26mm. (Please note this is a different size to those for a UK Passport. Make sure you take the right size).
  8. You may need to also supply a medical certificate*

*The medical certificate can be picked up and many different authorised locations. The purpose of the medical is to prove you are fit to drive. However, as the process of exchanging your driving licence can take some time in certain areas, it might be advisable to wait until the new driving licence is ready to pick up before taking the test. Otherwise you may find you pay for the test and it will have expired before your new licence is ready. You will then have to take a new medical test and pay again.

Getting the application form

You will need to make an appointment to ask for the change of driving licence at your nearest Traffic Office. You must make a prior appointment, you cannot just call in.

To make an appointment visit the website of the Directorate General de Trafico. www.dgt.es. Once on the webiste you will need to scroll the screen down. Look in the third column for the phrase canje de permisos.

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This will open the page below. On this page you need to scroll down and print off the application form.

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Here you can download the form in the language required. Castellano will be the option for the majority of Spain. Print off the form and complete it with your details. There is no English version.

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Now, complete the form as indicated in the image above. Tick the box renovación de permiso comunitario and don’t forget to sign the form at the bottom.

To make the appointment you will need to pre-book it on the internet. Scroll back up this page until you see this:

Making a pre-booked appointment

Click the link and select the appropriate Traffic office for you.

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Then make sure you choose the correct option from the box marked “Tipo de trámite”. You want to select “canje de permiso de condución europeo”

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Then select the country from where your current driving licence has been issued:

In case you are unsure the UK = Reino Unido.

Check you have selected the correct Traffic office and that “tipode trámite” is “Canje de permiso de conducción europeo”. The next step is to click the black button “continuar” on the right hand side.

You will then see this screen (This screen appears if you apply in Malaga. It might not be the same all over the country).

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Look at the headings “Periodo en el que deseo solicitar” and select the correct date range. Then click the black button “buscar”. If you have made an error click “volver”.

The box “Area Canjes” will pop up after you press “buscar”. This is confirming that you are requesting to change an EU licence. Press “continuar”.

Now complete this form.

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You will need to tick the box. By doing so you authorise that they can collate your information you are submitting to make the pre-booked appointment in their system for the purpose of checking your residency.

To confirm you want to organise a pre-booked appointment click “solicitar”

To clear the form and start again click the black button on the right marked “limpiar”

To cancel the whole process click “cancelar”

If you press “continuar” you will then see a screen like the one below:

Here we have five blue boxes representing different days. Each box indicates how many appointments are available on that day. Click the dropdown box to see the appointment times. For example:

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Select the date and time that is most convenient for you or select “volver” to return to the previous screen.

Once you have selected your date and time a black button “continuar” will appear below the entry. Click this to confirm.

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Do not forget to take your paperwork and remember, if you are paying the taxes at the Regional traffic Office when you apply, you can not pay by cash. Make sure you remember to take your bank card.

If this all seems too much then do not worry. There are plenty of Gestoria’s and solicitors that will help you for a fee. Shop around to get a good price and/or ask your Expat neighbours who they used.

UK driving licences in Spain after 29 March 2019

UK driving licences in Spain after 29 March 2019

Although the Brexit deadline date is fast approaching the UK government only recently added information to its website regarding UK citizens using their UK driving licence in Spain.

According to the British Government website, if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal on the 29 March 2019 then you will not be able to exchange your UK driving licence for a Spanish one after that date

You will have to take a new driving test in Spain to obtain a Spanish licence.

If you wish to exchange your driving licence for a Spanish one then you can read our article on switching to a Spanish driving licence for guidance.

The Government website continues that, ” you might need an IDP to drive in all EU or EEA countries…” They provide a link to the AA website where you can find more information on International driving Permits.

According to the AA website mutual recognition of UK and EU driving licences may end. However, there is still nothing definitive.