The DGT has a page of frequently asked questions relating to driving and the Coronavirus state of alarm here in Spain.
You can read the FAQ’s here: http://www.dgt.es/es/covid-19/ under the tab, ‘Preguntas Frecuentes’, and we have translated some of the key ones below:
Questions about driving licenses
Can I drive with an expired licence?
A licence which expires during the state of alarm will be automatically extended for the duration of the alarm and until sixty days thereafter.
I am a foreign driver, how does this situation affect me?
You can continue driving in the same way as before the alarm situation was declared. In addition, the duration of the alarm situation does not count towards the six-month period in which you can drive in Spain with your foreign licence. The calculation of the six-month period is frozen, resuming as soon as the state of alarm ends.
What happens if the ITV expires during the state of alarm?
If your vehicle’s ITV has expired during the period of alarm, it will be considered temporarily extended, and you can drive without any problem for the duration of this exceptional period.
Also remember that ITV centres will be closed for the duration of the state of alarm.
Can I take my car to the workshop for repair?
Yes, the opening of motor vehicle repair and maintenance workshops is permitted, as well as complementary services for vehicles with special authorisation to be driven. However, we recommend that you first contact the chosen workshop to make sure it’s open.
Can I rent a vehicle from a hire company?
Yes, the establishments dedicated to the leasing of vehicles remain open, although remember travel on public roads is subject to certain restrictions. See below for the circumstances in which you are allowed to drive.
Questions about Driving
In which circumstances can I drive?
In general, it is prohibited to drive on public roads during the period of the alarm state. You can only drive, if it is to carry out any of the following activities:
- Acquisition of food, pharmaceuticals and basic necessities.
- For assistance at health centres, services and establishments.
- Travel to the workplace to carry out your usual work, professional or business.
- Return to the place of habitual residence.
- Assistance and care for the elderly, minors, dependants, people with disabilities or especially vulnerable people.
- Visiting financial and insurance entities.
- Due to force majeure / unforeseen circumstance beyond your control.
Any other activity of a similar nature must be done individually, unless the accompanying people are those with disabilities or there is other justified cause.
Which vehicles are exempt from the traffic limitation during the alarm state?
There are vehicles that by their nature need to continue to provide service during this exceptional period that we live. These vehicles may circulate without the limitation to which the rest are subjected.
The following types of vehicles have permission for free movement:
- Those of medical transport and health care, public or private, those of the Security Forces and Bodies, those of civil protection and rescue and those of fire fighting.
- Those who transport maintenance personnel or repair technicians of sanitary facilities or equipment
- Those of distribution of medicines and sanitary material.
- Those intended for food distribution.
- Those of the Armed Forces.
- Roadside assistance.
- Those of road maintenance and maintenance services.
- Those for the collection of urban solid waste.
- Those intended for the transport of flux materials.
- Those destined for the transportation of fuels.
- Those destined to the production, commercialization, transformation and distribution of agricultural, livestock and fishery products, and their inputs; to the production, distribution, rental and repair of equipment and machinery for agriculture, fishing, ranching, and its associated industry, and to the transport and treatment of agricultural, livestock and fishing residues and by-products, and of the food industry.
- Those destined for the transport of perishable goods, understanding as such those listed in Annex 3 of the International Agreement on the transport of perishable goods (ATP) as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, in vehicles that meet the definitions and standards expressed in the ATP Annex 1. In any case, perishable merchandise must account for at least half of the vehicle’s payload capacity or occupy half of the vehicle’s payload volume.
- Those intended for the manufacture and distribution of cleaning and hygiene products.
- Those of the Sociedad Estatal Correos y Telégrafos, S.A.
- Those used by private security companies for the provision of security transport services, response to alarms, round-trip or discontinuous surveillance, and those that are necessary to use for the performance of security services in guarantee of essential services and supplying the population.
- Other vehicles that, not being included among the above, the agents in charge of traffic control and discipline consider, in each specific case, to contribute to guaranteeing the supply of goods or the provision of essential services for the population.
How many people can travel in a car?
The private public transport of people in vehicles of up to nine seats, including the driver, in which more than one person must travel in the vehicle, will respect that there is a maximum of one person for each row of seats, maintaining the greatest possible distance between occupants.
In the case of freight, are restrictions on movement still in force?
No, due to the exceptional state we are in, restrictions on movement for the transport of goods are temporarily suspended and while the state of alarm lasts.
Specifically, restrictions are suspended for :
- Transportation of goods in general, whose maximum authorised mass exceeds 7,500 kg.
- The transport of dangerous goods.
- Special vehicles that due to their technical characteristics or due to the indivisible load transported, exceed the values of the masses or maximum dimensions allowed
Questions about service in DGT offices
Are the headquarters and traffic offices open? How can I carry out my procedures?
Offices will be temporarily closed to the public for the duration of the state of alarm, cancelling appointments that were previously assigned.
Although you cannot go in person to our offices, the DGT provides the option of accessing practically all of its procedures electronically, ask if it is possible to carry out your procedure through its online services, electronic registration or telephone.
What will happen with my appointment?
In-person services for carrying out procedures at Traffic Headquarters has been temporarily suspended for the duration of the state of alarm.
All appointments at DGT offices have been cancelled through email sent to those with assigned appointments. Once normal activity is resumed, the system will reactivate.