At present, British citizens who have been living in Spain for more than six months, are unable to drive on Spanish roads using their UK driving licence.
But, after many months of talks it has been announced that the British Embassy and the Spanish government have reached the ‘final processes’ of signing a deal to allow Brits, who after Brexit, didn’t exchange their UK licence for a Spanish one to do so.
With the end in sight, last week the British Embassy in Madrid recommended that those Brits should start booking an appointment for their ‘psicotecnico’ medical aptitude test, a requirement for exchanging your UK licence.
When the deal is finalised, Brits who are resident in Spain, will once again be temporarily allowed to drive using their UK licence. They will however have only six months in which to exchange it for a Spanish one.
What is the psicotecnico aptitude test?
The test, that is recognised by the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT), is a medical test that will certify whether you are fit to drive.
The British Embassy has stipulated that the test involves an eye test, a hearing test, as well as tests to monitor your reflexes and your power of prediction and concentration. Your general physical capacity will also be measured, including your respiratory ability, your motor skills, blood pressure and more.
You may also be required to have a brief interview with a doctor.
If you pass the test, you will be given a medical certificate that confirms that there is no mental or physical reason to stop you from being able to drive.
Where can I get the test?
You can take the test at any health centre that is officially recognised by the DGT. The full list of health centres can be found using the following link.
In many locations, you will find a centre very close to the local DGT office. Appointments are not always necessary, as walk-ins are available but to be sure of getting the test done, it is best to book in advance.
How long does the test take?
It has been indicated that the test should take no longer than 15 minutes, not too bad given how extensive it is.
How much does the test cost?
At present, the cost of the test is approximately 40 euros. However, it has been noted that the ‘costs and precise details of the test may vary according to different clinics.’
Do I need to take anything with me?
Yes, when going for your psicotecnico test you will need to take money to cover the cost of the test, your current driving licence, plus some ID that is recognised in Spain. This can be something like your NIE, TIE card or proof of residencia.
How long is the test valid for?
The British Embassy explained that the “Certificates are valid for three months and if you fail it you can retake as many times as you need.”
Below you can see a video of a test being conducted.
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