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Jim's Guide - Car documents & driving license on your mobile

Published: 14 August 2020

Jim's Guide - Car documents & driving license on your mobile

INTRODUCTION

I have to start by saying that if you haven't got an electronic certificate or [email protected], then this guide isn't for you. On the other hand, it's an excellent example of how useful an electronic certificate can be. If you haven't read my guides to electronic certificates and [email protected], then I suggest you do so.

Some time ago, DGT released the app 'mi DGT', which enables you to call up and display your driving license and permiso de circulación on your mobile. This digital documentation generated by miDGT is valid for driving in Spain and, if you have the app, you are no longer legally required to carry the original documents.

You obviously need to bear in mind that there may be times when you're in an area where you're unable to get a mobile data connection, so it's always better to carry the original documents, but this app is a useful backup in case you forget to do so. Also, at the moment it is only the Guardia Civil traffic officers who have the means of verifying the documents displayed by the app, so not carrying the physical documents if stopped by anyone else could present a problem.

To use the app, you need an electronic certificate supported by FNMT (The Treasury) installed on your mobile, or to be registered with [email protected] I'm not including [email protected] in this guide, as I consider it to be a clunky and time-consuming means of digital identification.

I used my Valencian ACCV certificate without any problem.

I have a screen lock plus fingerprint recognition on my mobile, and if you do not have a secure means of access enabled, then you will have to select your electronic certificate every time you open the app.

FEATURES

Since its original introduction, the app has had several updates, with the most recent being in July 2020.

As well as displaying your driving license and permiso de circulación, you can also:

· See how many points you have on your license.

· See the tarjeta - ficha técnica - for your car.

· See all the data about your car.

· See the date and result of your last ITV, and whether this is about to, or has, expired.

· See the name of your insurance company, with the date when you first insured the car with that company, and whether the vehicle is uninsured.

· See if you have any alerts or warnings that need attending to, such as a notification that your license, ITV or insurance is about to expire.

· See if the vehicle is subject to any constraints on it being sold and transferred to a new owner.

· For vehicles first registered after November 2015, or May 2016 - depending on the vehicle category - you can download a PDF of the eITV.

· See and, if necessary, update your email, mobile phone number and address to be used by DGT if they need to contact you.

· See the environmental class of your vehicle, in case you want to obtain the relevant eco sticker.

DGT say the app is going to be further developed, and will in due course include, for examples:

· The facility to receive notice of traffic penalties, and to pay these.

· Identify the driver if it wasn't you who incurred a penalty.

· Make an appointment at a DGT office.

· Obtain an informe for a vehicle.

· Transfer vehicles between individuals.

· Advise the usual driver of the vehicle if that isn't the owner.

· Access relevant news about traffic and road safety.

If you want to check what features are currently available, go to:

https://sede.dgt.gob.es/es/appmidgt/

USER REVIEWS

I've looked at a lot of reviews on both the Android and Apple app stores, and there seems to be a pattern.

Those using an electronic certificate in the main found it to be very easy to use, plus it works properly for them.

A lot of people have had problems with [email protected], and I think that this is probably a problem with [email protected], and the people trying to use it, and not with the app itself.

Browser compatibility may be a problem with [email protected] if you're not using one of the supported browsers, viz. Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

DOWNLOAD LOCATIONS

Android:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dgt.midgt

Apple:

https://apps.apple.com/es/app/midgt/id1463054197

INSTALLATION

Install miDGT as you would any other app.

The Android app I installed is version 1.1.18, and only offered me a choice of Spanish languages. The Apple app is at version 1.1.19, and it is stated to be available in English as well as other European languages. This is something I will have to check when the Android app is next updated.

When you first open it, you are asked to select the language to use. If you are only offered a choice of Spanish languages, I suggest you leave it with Castellano selected, and then tap 'Continuar' twice.

On the terms and conditions page, tap 'Aceptar y continuar'.

On the '¡Hola!' page, tap 'Acceder con identidad electrónica'.

After a few seconds, you then need to select the means of access to use - electronic certificate, [email protected] PIN, or Permanent [email protected]

Tap 'Access' on 'eIdentifier'. I've got two certificates installed on my mobile, and I'm asked to choose which one to use. Make that choice, and then tap 'Select'.

After a few seconds, a page opens with your name and driving license photo, a statement of how many points you have on your license, and the make, model, and registration number of your vehicle.

USING THE APP

The second time I opened the app, it prompted me to use the fingerprint sensor to access it, rather than requiring me to select my electronic certificate. I assume that if I only had a screen lock code, I would have been prompted to enter that code.

On the screen referred to at the end of the preceding section, if you tap the bell icon at the top right, you can see if you have any alerts or warnings that need attending to.

If you tap the menu icon at the top left, you have a number of options:

· VER MI CARNET - this appears immediately under your name, and tapping it shows your driving license details, including expiry date and the classes of vehicles you are allowed to drive. If the license is expired, or has been suspended, this information will also be shown.

The screen incorporates visual marks, like a watermark, to make fraud more difficult. A police officer can use his mobile device to scan the QR code on the bottom of the screen in order to check your details. A QR code isn't persistent, and a new one will be generated each time you display the license.

· Inicio - this just takes you back to the start page.

· Mis vehículos - this gives you all the data about your car. These data include registration number; make and model; fuel type; engine size; NIVE; date first registered; eco sticker class; registered owner and NIE; and municipality where registered for IVTM.

Where applicable, it tells you who the habitual driver is, provided this is registered with DGT; whether the vehicle is subject to a baja, embargo, court order or other proceedings; if it is rented or leased; if it is subject to a finance agreement; if the ITV is about to or has expired; if it is uninsured; and if it is exempt from payment of IVTM.

If you scroll down the page, it tells you the date and result of your last ITV, and the name of your insurance company, with the date when you first insured the car with that company.

More importantly, it has links you can follow to display your Permiso de circulación and the Ficha técnica for your car.

If you display the permiso then, like the screen for your license, the screen incorporates visual marks and a QR code.

If you tap to display the Ficha técnica, you are prompted to select the app to do this. If, for example, you choose Google Drive, you then see a full copy of your Ficha técnica.

· Verificaciones - this is of limited use, but if you receive a document from DGT about your license or permiso, you can scan the QR code on the document to verify that it is genuine.

· Avisos y alertas - this is the same as tapping the bell icon, to see if you have any alerts or warnings that need attending to. Normally, you will just be told that 'Estás al día' - in other words, there's nothing needing attention.

· Ajustes - this offers you the option to enter or amend your email address and mobile phone number; and update your address for notifications - note that this is for notifications only, and updating this field does not amend the address at which your driving license or vehicle is registered.

You also have the option to turn off relevant notifications, like when your ITV is about to expire, but I see no point in turning this off.

· Ayuda - this is, as it says on the can, the Help option, which is divided into the relevant categories. I've covered most of them in the previous section, so you shouldn't need to look at this option.

APP PERMISSIONS

Which of the following you allow is up to you but, as you probably won't be using the app very often, I see no harm in granting all the permissions it asks for. Those permissions will only be called on to perform necessary actions depending on the functionality being used.

· Camera: The app requests access to the device's camera to read the verification codes of digital or physical documents and thus be able to display them on the device.

· Storage: The app requests access to the device's storage to save the files that you can download from it, such as the tarjeta or, in future, a document verified by CSV, a vehicle report, or proof of payment of a fine.

· Location: The app requests access to the device's location to find the closest offices to request an appointment, or so you can access the traffic incidents closest to your location, as these features become available. Location information is only managed by the app within the device, and is not sent to the DGT.

· Calendar: The app requests access to your calendar to save an appointment that you have obtained through the app or, in the future, reminders that you may want to create, again as these features become available.

From the app settings menu you can enable or disable notifications and, from your device settings, you can enable or disable, in addition to the app notifications, each of the requested permissions. You can decide if they are always allowed, if they are allowed only when the application is in use, or if they are denied. Keep in mind that, in case of denying them, the functionalities associated with these permissions will stop working.

FINAL WORD

I like it.

Is this a sign of things to come, and will we in due course have an app showing our TIE residencia cards?