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Driving licence recognition and validity – Portugal

Driving licence validity in Portugal

Driving licences are valid until 30, 40, 50, 60, 65 and 70 and thereafter every two years, with no age limit (exception: when the driving licence was obtained between the age of 25 and 30, these drivers are exempt from revalidating their driving licence at the age of 30) for categories A and B.

Driving licences for novice drivers over 30 years are valid until:

  • 40, 50, 60, 65 and 70 and thereafter every two years, with no age limit (exception: when the driving licence was obtained between the age of 25 and 30, these drivers are exempt from revalidating their driving licence at the age of 30); - category A
  • 40, 50, 60, 65 and 70 and thereafter every two years, with no age limit (exception: when the driving licence was obtained between 25 and 30 years, their drivers are exempt from revalidating their driving licence at the age of 30); - category B

Driving licences for elderly drivers over 50 years are valid until:

  • 60, 65 and 70 and thereafter every two years, with no age limit (exception: when the driving licence was obtained between the age of 25 and 30, these drivers are exempt from revalidating their driving licence at the age of 30); - category A
  • 60, 65 and 70 and thereafter every two years, with no age limit (exception: when the driving licence was obtained between the age of 25 and 30, these drivers are exempt from revalidating their driving licence at the age of 30); years - category B

If you hold a driving licence for life (i.e. one that remains administratively valid for an unlimited period) that was issued by another EU country, you will have to to renew the licence 2 years after changing your usual place of residence.

Non-EU driving licences - exchange & recognition

You must exchange your non-EU driving licence within 185 days after obtaining residence in Portugal (if your country is part of the Road Traffic International Agreements).

To exchange your non-EU driving licence:

  1. go to a service desk of the Institute for Mobility and Transporptt (IMT, IP)
  2. hand in the following documents:
  • The original of the valid driving licence:
  • A photocopy of a personal identification document (showing the original);
  • Presentthe tax identification number;
  • Medical certificate issued by any doctor in the exercise of their profession, for drivers of all categories;
  • Favorable psychological assessment certificate issued by any psychologist in the exercise of their profession, for Group 2 drivers: drivers of vehicles of categories C, CE, D, DE, category C1, C1E, D1 and D1E and drivers categories B and BE exercising driving ambulances, fire vehicles, transport of patients, school transport and passenger car rental passenger.
  • Statement issued by the issuing authority or diplomatic or consular authority, attesting the authenticity of the driving licence, date of issue and respective validity, categories of vehicles that are enabled with the respective dates and restrictions and although the driving title was obtained the approval in driving test;
  • Translation of the driving title, authenticated by the consular service of Portugal or another Member State on the appropriate country when its content is not in Portuguese, French, English or Spanish.

If you have previously exchanged a non-EU driving licence for an EU licence in another EU country, you can use it in Portugal. .

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