I have a driving license issued outside Portugal. What should I do to drive in the country?

Driving licenses issued in EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, countries of the European Economic Area (EEA), are valid in Portugal, and its exchange is voluntary. You may be asked to exchange foreign license by Portuguese, without conducting any test driving test, but will have to apply for exchange 185 days after obtaining residence in national territory. This measure covers: ∙ countries with which Portugal has entered into bilateral agreement or hold a reciprocal basis (Brazil, Switzerland, Morocco, Andorra, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, United Arab Emirates and Angola); ∙ Acceding to the international conventions of Road Transit; ∙ Driving licenses issued by the Portuguese administration in Macao and the Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR). The exchange of driving license issued by non-adherent foreign countries to International Conventions on Road Transit depends on taking and passing the practical test of driving test, for each category of the driver holds. However, enrollment in driving school is not required, so the driver can self propose for the examination. In order to drive in Portugal, you must obtain international driving license, which can be requested in regional and district offices of the IMT by holders with national driving license or issued by other member states of the European Economic Area. However, keep in mind that there are exceptions. Drivers who establish residence in Portugal have a duty to inform the Regional Service District or the IMT your area, within 60 days under penalty of infringement.
The international driving license provided for in Article 8 of the Legal Empowerment Regulations for Conduct annexed to the Decree-Law No. 37/2014, of March 10, it can be requested in regional and district offices of the IMT by holders with letter national driving or issued by other member states of the European Economic Area.
The license is only valid outside the territory of the country issuing the letter, for a maximum period of one year, if shorter period is not in the driving license that underpinned the respective issuer.
 
Regarding the Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, countries of the European Economic Area (EEA), the driving licenses issued are valid in Portugal, and its voluntary exchange.
However, drivers who establish residence in Portugal have a duty to inform the Regional Service District or the IMT your area, within 60 days under penalty of infringement.
 
The exchange of driving license issued by non-adherent foreign countries to International Conventions on Road Traffic depends on taking and passing the practical test of driving test, for each category of the driver holds. However, enrollment in driving school is not required, so the driver can self propose the examination.
The in domestic circulation is not allowed to drivers with bonds issued by non-member countries to these international conventions.
 
You can request the exchange of foreign license by Portuguese, without conducting any test driving test, but will have to apply for exchange 185 days after obtaining residence in national territory.
This measure covers:
  • countries with which Portugal has entered into bilateral agreement or hold a reciprocal basis (Brazil, Switzerland, Morocco, Andorra, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, United Arab Emirates and Angola);
  • Driving licenses issued by the Portuguese administration in Macao and the Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR).

Fonte: Ministry of Finance


 

 
Where to obtain more information?
Through the link below, you may access the foreign driving license for Portuguese exchange simulator and gain knowledge of correspondences between the different categories of driving titles.
 

 

 

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1150 - 025 Lisboa
Fax: 21 810 61 17
WebSite: http://www.acm.gov.pt/  
E-mail: informacoes@acm.gov.pt

Horários:
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Transportes
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Av. de França, 316
Edifício Capitólio
4050-276 Porto

Tel: 22 207 38 10
Fax: 22 207 38 17
Endereço eletrónico: informacoes@acm.gov.pt

Horários
De 2.ª a 6.ª das 8h00 às 17h00
Nota: Devido ao número de utentes do Centro pode haver limitações de senhas para determinados serviços.

Transportes
Metro: estação “Casa da Música"
 

CNAIM Algarve
Loja do Cidadão
Mercado Municipal, 1.º Piso
Largo Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro
8000-151 Faro
Endereço eletrónico: informacoes@acm.gov.pt

Horários:
2.ª a 6.ª, das 8h30 às 17h00

Transportes
Minibus (circuito 3) da Câmara Municipal


Alto Comissariado para as Migrações- ACM, I.P. (Sede)
R. Álvaro Coutinho, 14
1150 - 025 Lisboa
Tel: 218106100
Fax: 218106117
acm@acm.gov.pt
 

The information presented is purely indicative, with the main purpose  to provide general guidance without exempt, at any case, the consultation with the competent authorities and the use of professional advice regarding the addressed themes

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