Not carrying the card can have consequences
Yes, you can request a duplicate driver’s license in case of loss, damage, theft or variation of data. In all cases, the procedure is carried out through the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT), which enables three different routes: online, by phone or in person by going to the nearest Traffic Office (for which an appointment will be required). .
It is important, first of all, that we know that driving without being identified can bring you serious problems if you are stopped by agents on the road, so always carry your driver’s license above is mandatory.
Also, and this since 2020, we have the option of having the card on our mobile, through the ‘miDGT’ app, but if we cannot find the original, we will give you all the keys to know what to do and what happens if You drive without your license.
You must return the original card
Because if; We know that losing your driver’s license implies, of course, carrying out all the pertinent procedures for it, since all those drivers who are forced to request a copy must know that the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) will will force to return the original in case of finding the lost or stolen document.
Thus, if you get lost, it is necessary to ask the road agency for a duplicate driver’s license in which this application for a Vehicle Circulation Permit must be made by the owner or any person authorized on his behalf.
Thus, if you have applied for a duplicate driver’s license and you find the card that was lost, this original will be the one that you have to return to the DGT, as quoted and stated in article 11 of the General Regulations for Drivers. This is how you can request your duplicate:
For Internet: On the web page by clicking on the ‘Duplicate PC – General request’ icon. A fee must be paid and a receipt issued. Subsequently, the duplicate will be sent to the indicated address. By phone. By phone 060. From the miDGT app: It is free and from there you can request the duplicate in the ‘My procedures’ section, choose ‘Documentation Duplicate’ and there select the type of duplicate. In person: You must go to the Traffic Offices and deliver the necessary documentation. You must request an appointment online or by calling 060.
Watch out for change of address
Also, and as something that we must pay close attention to, the DGT makes it clear that “possession of the original permit or license and a duplicate of these will lead to the immediate collection of the original for referral to the Provincial Traffic Headquarters.” Likewise, if the cause alleged to obtain a duplicate “turns out to be false”, it will report the fact to the judicial authority in case it could be determinant of criminal responsibility.
In this same sense, the road agency maintains that all those who change address or other personal data must be notified to the General Directorate of Traffic, where changing your address and not notifying it can lead to a fine. In case of not carrying out this bureaucratic procedure, we could lose the right to the bonus for early payment of fines or drive unaware that a traffic sanction weighs on us.
“If you have changed your address, you must notify traffic of your new mailing address within 15 days so that our shipments of notifications and communications can reach you, avoiding, for example, that you do not find out about the notification of a fine and you miss the deadline to pay it, “they say.
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