Exchange a foreign driving license for a Portuguese driving license

Any individual with a driving license of a foreign country may exchange that license for a Portuguese driving license.

Change on the location
  • Change the foreign driving license for Portuguese at the IMT service counters
  • 30 (there may be additional costs)
  • Consult the documents required to do the service

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Where can you Exchange a foreign driving license for a Portuguese driving license?

What are the documents and requirements to Exchange a foreign driving license for a Portuguese driving license?

  • a) A valid and definitive driving license.

  • b) A civil identification document (any identification document issued by the Portuguese State, except the passport).

  • c) A medical certificate. The medical certificate is electronic, issued and sent online by the doctor to IMT. It is necessary for all the license’s categories.

  • d) A statement which proves that the license is authentic and that states:

    • the issuance date and validity of the license
    • the vehicles categories that the driver can drive, with the qualification dates and the restrictions that each category has
  • If your driving license is not written in Portuguese, Spanish, French or English

    You will also need:

    e) A translation of the driving license to Portuguese, authenticated by the Portuguese embassy or consulate (or other European Union Member-State) on the country where the license was issued.

  • If your license includes group 2 categories

    If you drive vehicles of the C1, C1E, C, CE, D1, D1E, D and D categories, or of the B and BE categories and you drive ambulances or firefighter vehicles or if you perform services of patient transport, school transport, collective children transport and renting passenger light-duty vehicles, you shall also need:

    f) A psychological aptitude certificate (CAP)

  • You may request the CAP to a psychologist or request the CAP to the IMT.

What is the Price to Exchange a foreign driving license for a Portuguese driving license?

The exchange of a foreign license for a Portuguese one costs 30€.

By analysing each case, the IMT may reach the conclusion that more costs shall be necessary. For instance, if it is necessary to take a theoretical exam (which costs 30€), as it happens when the foreign license was issued by a country which did not adhered to the international road traffic conventions.

Payment methods

On a reception desk:

  • multibanco
  • in cash
  • with a cheque in euros of a Portuguese account to IGCP, EPE.

How can you Exchange a foreign driving license for a Portuguese driving license?

Visit a reception desk with the necessary documents.

When you submit your request, you shall receive a permit that allows you to drive while you didn’t receive the Portuguese driving license (you shall receive it in the address you indicated on the license). 

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