DGT: Senior Driver’s Licence Renewals

DGT Changes Pensioner's Licence Renewal

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THE DGT’s rules on senior driver’s renewal of their licences has been amended.

For many, driving a car is an essential part of everyday life, it’s hard to imagine life without one. And since obtaining a driving license, cars have came to symbolise independence, writes OK Diario.

Changes in License Renewal: A Closer Look

Previously, until the age of 45, licenses were valid for 10 years, followed by five-year renewals until the age of 70.

As of 2023, in Spain, driver’s license renewal protocols have evolved. Now, ‘Class B’ licenses, which cover cars and motorcycles, require renewal every 10 years until reaching 65. Between the ages of 65 to 70, the licence will now need to be renewed every five years. Drivers who are 70 and older must renew their licences every two years.

This change aims to ensure senior drivers maintain adequate driving capabilities, with more frequent medical check-ups for enhanced road safety.

Renewal Process: Steps And Costs

To renew, drivers must visit an authorized Driver Recognition Centre, indicating their intent to renew their license. The standard fee is €24.58, but it’s waived for those over 70. Following the procedure, a provisional license is issued, valid until the official one arrives at the driver’s home, usually within a month and a half.

Health Implications On License Validity

With age, driving can become challenging due to various health issues. The Direccion General de Trafico (DGT) aims to mitigate risks by potentially reducing license validity to two years for those with significant health concerns.

  • Stiffness in muscles and joints
  • Slower reflexes
  • Vision problems, especially at night
  • Hearing complications
  • Problems dividing our attention across multiple tasks
  • Complications for driving in unknown areas or in stressful situations
  • More prone to fatigue
  • Problems quickly reading signs and complying with them
  • Problems driving in adverse weather

Embracing Change With Age

Time spares no one, and accepting changes in our capabilities is vital. These revisions in the licensing process are not just bureaucratic formalities but essential steps to ensure safety and adaptability on the road for every age group.

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Written by

John Ensor

Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina. He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.


    • Mark

      07 December 2023 • 13:39

      Am I correct that beyond the age of 65, driving licence validity is every 5 years?

    • Bob

      08 December 2023 • 12:50

      It’s been 10 years up to 65 for years then 5 years 65 to 70 the only thing that changes is the 2 years after age 70

    • D Bath

      08 December 2023 • 15:19

      For those like myself, who are over 65 and in excellent mental and physical health, this will seem like discrimination – because it is!

    • Marie Ryan

      09 December 2023 • 19:01

      If you are over the age of 70 but current license is valid until next year, do you have to apply to renew Now???

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