Guardia Civil uniform rules are about to change now that the Royal Decree covering this has been approved.
The updated Royal Decree appplies to the corps personnel, students, retirees and persons outside of the Guardia Civil who are expressly and exceptionally authorised to use the uniform of replicas of it. This will also cover everything of a cultural or social nature.
Guardi Civil Uniform: Tattoos and piercings
The main change that we civilian folk may notice is that visible tattoos are permitted for the first time. Of course, this comes with restrictions in itself. No tattoos may contain any imagery that is contrary to constituitional values, any that violate discipline or are derogatory towards body image.
Visible piercings are expressly forbidden, including rings, spikes and inserts… with the exception of earrings (which must of course be discreet). This applies to both males and females.
When can you wear the Guardia Civil uniform?
Obviously there are restrictions for when the uniform may be used (outside of an official capacity). Special notice has been given to prohibit the use of photos of people in their unforms for Social Network posts, media and the advertising of events… without the express permission form the relevant authorities. So no “here’s me in my new get-up stood next to abuela” photos are permitted on Facebook etc. This also applies to the use of any Guardia Civil insignias or branding.
Go careful on fancy dress nights too! Most of us already knew of the restrictions there… but as a reminder, it’s best not to dress up as a Guardia Civil officer if the outfit could lead to anyone being confused about the wearer actually being official. You could land in hot water!
Be careful when buying or selling
No uniforms, or parts thereof, may be donated or sold outside of the official channels. Authorised channels will need documentation to prove their status.