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Changing Maltese Driving Licence to Portuguese

Old Jan 13th 2021, 11:59 pm
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There’s lots of info here about changing a UK D/L to a Portuguese one, but none that I can find about eu to eu. I recently moved from Malta to Portugal and am wondering if I need to change my Maltese (eu) driving licence or if I simply renew when it expires? I have a British passport. Any clues? I have checked the IMT site but of course, it’s in Portuguese!
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An EU driving licence doesn't have to be exchanged, you can just register it with IMT then exchange it for a PT one before it expires.
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Old Jan 14th 2021, 9:27 am
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Thanks for this, that's a relief! However I'm a bit stumped by the requirement for a 'Certificate of Authenticity'. What on earth is this? I thought the Brits were bureaucratic, but Portugal takes the cake!!
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A certificate of authenticity (document from the licence issuing authority confirming its validity) is only required for exchanging a non EU licence.
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J00Ls said - I recently moved from Malta to Portugal
I believe there is a time limit between your Rresidency date (possibly even the date you arrived in the country before applying for residency ...) and doing the exchange. So it is important to check that. We came from Spain with spanish driving licenses, got appointment at IMT office - unfortunately the nearest competent office was at the district HQ, not local but at least not Lisbon or Porto - and it was fairly straightforward to do. You have either two years, or when your EU license runs out, whichever is the shortest, to then exchange it for a Portuguese one (no driving test involved).
We are told that admin offices will remain accessible during the coming lockdown, but you will probably need to get an appointment in advance. Word of warning - if both you and OH, or other person in the family, want to exchange, make sure you get an appointment for each person, or you get sent back to the back of the queue to start again!
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J00Ls said - I recently moved from Malta to Portugal
I believe there is a time limit between your Rresidency date (possibly even the date you arrived in the country before applying for residency ...) and doing the exchange.
Not for licences issued by an EU member state unless the licence doesn't have an expiry date in which case it is 2 years.

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For completeness' sake, perhaps it should also be mentioned that you are supposed to register (or exchange, if you opt to go straight for that) an EU licence within 60 days of "fixing residence" (sic)
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Thanks Rambling Archer - the bureaucracy here is hard enough without the tight time limits imposed as well!
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Not for licences issued by an EU member state unless the licence doesn't have an expiry date in which case it is 2 years.

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Thank you - exactly what I thought as well. However the new online form has a box asking for an upload of the Certificate of Authentication. All very confusing - I will give it a try anyway.
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For completeness' sake, perhaps it should also be mentioned that you are supposed to register (or exchange, if you opt to go straight for that) an EU licence within 60 days of "fixing residence" (sic)
Yes, this was a bit of a nasty surprise as I have read guidance that suggested I could just go on using an EU licence until it expired. Clearly WRONG!
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