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Foreigners after acquiring citizenship or residence should exchange their foreign driving permit. If you have already obtained Portuguese citizenship or portuguese residence, the next step is to change your foreign driving license.
The entire process is taken care through the IMT - Instituto da Mobilidade e Transportes I.P..
The procedure is started online and later in person to obtain biometric data.
Driving licenses issued by a European Union or the European Economic Area Country (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein)
You can drive in Portugal with this license until the document expires, or even if does’nt have validity date. But, you have 60 days, after moving to the country, to register your address in Portugal with IMT.
Documents you will need:
Portuguese identification document (Passport or Identification card)
Proof of residence in Portugal;
Original foreign driving license and certified photocopy of the same document;
Driving licenses issued by OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries) and CPLP countries (Angola, Australia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Canada, Chile, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Mozambique, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Sao Tome and Principe, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States of America.)
You can drive in Portugal, and you don’t need to Exchange your driving license if:
you are under 60 years old
you have the mandatory minimum age in Portugal to drive
the foreign driver is license is valid
no more than 15 years have passed since the issuance of the foreign license or since the last renewal
the country that issued the license is part of the traffic conventions (Geneva, 1949 and/or Vienna, 1968) or has a bilateral agreement with Portugal
the foreign drivers license is not seized, suspended, expired or revoked in Portugal or in the country of origin.
Driving licences issued by countries that Portugal has a bilateral agreement or a reciprocity recognition for the recognition and
Exchange of driving licenses Contracting parts of international traffic conventions (Argélia, Argentina, Austrália, Áustria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bélgica, Benim, Botsuana, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgária, Burkina Faso, Camboja, Canadá, República Central Africana, Chile, Congo, Costa do Marfim, Croácia, Cuba, Chipre, República Checa, República Democrática do Congo, Dinamarca, República Dominicana, Equador, Egito, Ilhas Fiji, Finlândia, França, Geórgia, Gana, Grécia, Guatemala, Haiti, Vaticano, Hungria, Islândia, Índia, Irlanda, Israel, Itália, Jamaica, Japão, Jordânia, Quirguistão, República Democrática Popular do Laos, Líbano, Lesoto, Liechtenstein, Lituânia, Luxemburgo, Madagáscar, Malawi, Malásia, Mali, Malta, Mônaco, Montenegro, Marrocos, Namíbia, Holanda, Nova Zelândia, Níger, Nigéria, Noruega, Papua Nova Guiné, Paraguai, Peru, Filipinas, Polônia, Portugal, República da Coreia, Romênia, Federação Russa, Ruanda, São Marino, Senegal, Sérvia, Sérvia, Serra Leoa, Singapura, Eslováquia, Eslovênia, África do Sul, Espanha, Sri Lanka, Suécia, Suíça, República Árabe Síria, Tailândia, Togo, Trinidad e Tobago, Tunísia, Turquia, Uganda, Emirados Árabes Unidos, Reino Unido da Grã-Bretanha e Irlanda do Norte, Estados Unidos da América, Venezuela (República Bolivariana da), Vietnam e Zimbabué.)
- if you do not reside in Portugal: you can use your driving license for 185 days in Portugal
- If you intend to reside in Portugal you must:
you can use your driving license for up to 90 days from the date of issue of your residence document. But you must apply to IMT for an exchange during this period
• From 90 days to 2 years. You can not use your driving license. But you can still apply to IMT for an exchange during this period
• After 2 years. You can't use your driving license. You can apply for the exchange of your licence. But you will have to pass a practical driving test
Certificate of authenticity of the driving license, issued by the issuing entity or consular service, indicating the categories obtained by examination (and what type of test) and the categories obtained by equivalence
A certified translation of your driving licence, if the content is in any language other than portuguese. The certification must be carried out by the Portuguese Consulate or the consular services of another member state in the respective country of origin
A psychological assessment certificate, if you are applying to retain vehicle categories C, D and/or E - class B is a regular car and class A motocycles.
For the IMT submission the costs are 30€