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Updated : 18/03/2016

Car registration documents and formalities – Portugal

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Roadworthiness tests

If you buy a new car in Portugal, you must have it checked again for roadworthiness in the 4th year from the date of its initial roadworthiness check and registration.

If you have a used car of 4 years or older in Portugal, you must have it periodically tested for roadworthiness every two years after the date of the last roadworthiness check until it reaches the 8th year, and every year thereafter.

A roadworthiness test doesn't have to be conducted each time a vehicle changes owner.

If you register your car as a new resident in Portugal, moving from another EU country, you must have to take the roadworthiness test in a type B inspection body (CITV português)

Contact body for roadworthiness tests:IMT (list of type B inspection bodies: CITV português)

To ensure your vehicle and its equipment function correctly and comply with safety standards, it must undergo the regular roadworthiness tests, which generally comprise the following checks:

  • efficiency of windscreen wipers and if there any of the windows or mirrors are broken
  • lights – indicators, hazard lights, brake, reverse, licence plate and fog lights
  • headlights – position of dipped-beam and main-beam
  • tyres – tread depth ≥ 1.6 mm
  • rear-view mirrors – reflecting surface, fixation and adjustment
  • correct functioning of safety belts
  • and all other checks prescribed in Decreto-Lei n.º 144/2012 pdf

Registration

Procedure for:

  • initial registration

You can register your vehicle at IMT regional services português in the town where you are resident

To register an imported vehicle (new or used), you must submit the following documents:

1. new vehicle: Cars with EC Certificate of Conformity (COC), if otherwise please refer to webpage português

  •  Form Modelo 9 IMT pdf ;
  • COC - EC Certificate of Conformity (original document);
  •  Document issued by the customs authority (AT português) declaring that all fiscal obligations, customs duties or taxes, concerning the registration of the vehicle have been fulfilled;
  •  Identification document from the applicant (or copy);
  •  Vehicle registration fee.

2. used vehicle: Cars with EC Certificate of Conformity (COC), if otherwise please refer to webpage português

  • Form Modelo 9 IMT pdf ;
  •  COC - EC Certificate of Conformity (original document or copy);
  •  Vehicle registration certificate (original document or copy) authenticated by the customs authority (AT);
  •  Document issued by the customs authority (AT português) declaring that all fiscal obligations, customs duties or taxes, concerning the registration of the vehicle have been fulfilled;
  •  Vehicle road worthiness certificate (form Modelo 112) issued by a type B inspection body (CITV português)
  •  Identification document from the applicant (or copy);
  •  Vehicle registration fee.

Renewal

To renew the registration. The registration certificate has no expiration date. The vehicle registration document can be updated at IMT regional services português.

Remarks:

* The information above is applicable to light passenger vehicles (M1 category). For other vehicle categories please refer to webpage português

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