What is the ‘psicotécnico’ for obtaining a Spanish driver’s licence?

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With the negotiations finalised and the new law, as of 16th March, allowing Brits to exchange their driver’s licences for Spanish ones, many questions have come up about what is involved. A few weeks ago we put together the following article to answer those questions: Exchange your UK driver’s license for a Spanish one ※ Pellicer & Heredia.

In the above article, we confirmed that neither a theory nor a practical test is needed but a medical assessment is. Today, we would like to explain a little more about what this entails.

What is the ‘psicotécnico’?

The ‘psicotécnico’ is a psychophysical aptitude report issued by an authorised Driver Recognition Centre (Centro de Reconocimiento de Conductores). This medical assessment is compulsory for all drivers who want to exchange or renew their driver’s licence.

The professionals who carry out this assessment must follow the Medical-Psychological Examination guidelines provided by the Spanish DVLA (DGT). This protocol was updated last summer and replaces the 2007 version.

Now, what actually happens in the appointment?

The assessment is pretty straight-forward and does not entail any kind of written exam or test. In some cases, you may need to fill in a form about any existing medical conditions or they will just ask you and fill it in themselves. You must inform them of your personal details and any medical conditions in order for them to declare you as fit to drive.

The DGT also requires that several more exhaustive “screening” tests be carried out such as: spatial orientation, visual acuity, memory, task planning, language and calculation. With these tests, it is possible to “assess the cognitive impairment” of the person who wants to obtain or renew a driving licence.

How are the results determined?

Depending on the results of the different tests listed above, the Driver Recognition Centre will determine you as one of the following:

  • Fit for driving: this means that the driver does not pose any kind of risk, therefore, can obtain or renew their driver’s licence.
  • Fit for driving with restrictions: the driver can get behind the wheel but with a number of driving restrictions, adaptations or limitations.
  • Unfit for driving: the applicant has not passed the medical assessment due to failing one or more of the tests.
  • Suspended: the applicant has not provided all the required documentation or has failed to carry out one of the tests.

What can I do if I am classed as unfit for driving or suspended?

Without having successfully passed the psychophysical aptitude assessment then you will not be able to exchange or renew your licence. If the reasons you did not pass change, for example, you have a medical condition that improves, then you can book a new appointment and do the assessment again.

How much does the medical assessment cost?

This will depend on the Driver’s Recognition Centre (Centro de Reconocimiento de Conductores) you go to but expect to pay between 40 and 80 euros.

Should you need our help with exchanging or renewing your driver’s licence, please read our article on the following link or further details. We will also advise you of Driver’s Recognition Centres local to you and can help with making an appointment.

Please note that this information is for general use only. For accurate advice and guidance, we strongly recommend that you book an appointment with an experienced lawyer.

 For further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Pellicer & Heredia on +34 965 480 737 or email us at info@pellicerheredia.com.

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