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Old Oct 1st 2020, 6:30 pm
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Originally Posted by wellinever View Post
Anyone over 70 now needs an ECG done as part of the medical for a driving license, according to Int Health Centre in Albufeira. Total medical cost of €50

Is that when you renew at 72 ? At 70 had a fairly rudimentary check-up before certificate signed and entered in the system.
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OK, thanks. I'll try to get that done as soon as I've had a go at the residency (probably Mon 12th).
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"For good"... that sounds very permanent. Might inspire a panic reaction!

I was planning to make a short trip back to England in late Oct and/or Nov, as I have stuff to sort out, but this will of course be COVID-dependent (i.e. no chance of getting stuck there again!)
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"For good"... that sounds very permanent. Might inspire a panic reaction!

I was planning to make a short trip back to England in late Oct and/or Nov, as I have stuff to sort out, but this will of course be COVID-dependent (i.e. no chance of getting stuck there again!)
Don't have a panic reaction. I wish I was there 'for good'.
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Anyone over 70 now needs an ECG done as part of the medical for a driving license, according to Int Health Centre in Albufeira. Total medical cost of €50
This is not true. At 75 years of age I just needed a medical. An ECG was not required when I had my IMT appointment in Faro for exchanging my UK licence.
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Not true. At 72 had mine done in April, usual simple Portuguese test, eyes BP.. Sent photocopy of new license good till 2022 but received plastic one weeks ago. No need for photo change since age 65, Also no address on license since 70.

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I believe the licence exchange process has moved online, I have just attempted it. First attempt and their email address bounced but have tried again and fingers crossed this time. As its new I expect many teething problems. This is the link if anyone is interested:
http://www.imtonline.pt/index.php/tr..._oWhFd0h6_3bh8
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I believe the licence exchange process has moved online, I have just attempted it. First attempt and their email address bounced but have tried again and fingers crossed this time. As its new I expect many teething problems. This is the link if anyone is interested:
http://www.imtonline.pt/index.php/tr..._oWhFd0h6_3bh8
Really useful link - thank you
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Just before moving to Portugal I moved house in the UK.

If I change my address with the DVLA now I won't have my new licence for at least a couple of months (time for DVLA to issue it, and time for me to go back to UK to pick it up - hoping to go this month of Nov, but COVID-dependent of course).

Can I go ahead with exchanging my licence for a Portuguese one with the old address on it?

To do this, all I need for the appointment is passport, residency document and medical certificate, right?
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Default Re: exchanging driving licence - where and when to make appointment?

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I believe the licence exchange process has moved online, I have just attempted it. First attempt and their email address bounced but have tried again and fingers crossed this time. As its new I expect many teething problems. This is the link if anyone is interested:
http://www.imtonline.pt/index.php/tr..._oWhFd0h6_3bh8
At last they have introduced a sensible system but what do they mean by a Certificate of Authenticity? Do they mean Residencia certificate? Too late for me because I started the process 4 weeks ago and found it straightforward at IMT Faro once I got an appointment.
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Originally Posted by suiko View Post
Just before moving to Portugal I moved house in the UK.

If I change my address with the DVLA now I won't have my new licence for at least a couple of months (time for DVLA to issue it, and time for me to go back to UK to pick it up - hoping to go this month of Nov, but COVID-dependent of course).

Can I go ahead with exchanging my licence for a Portuguese one with the old address on it?

To do this, all I need for the appointment is passport, residency document and medical certificate, right?
You need above and also your UK driving licence, well at least a scan of both sides if you do it online. You may well need it physically when you actually exchange it for the temp paper copy or the actual Pt DL. The medical is entered into the IMT system by the Doctor who did your medical, so no paper. And 15 euros obvs.
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At last they have introduced a sensible system but what do they mean by a Certificate of Authenticity? Do they mean Residencia certificate? Too late for me because I started the process 4 weeks ago and found it straightforward at IMT Faro once I got an appointment.
Could it be the list of categories from DVLA? You can download this.
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Could it be the list of categories from DVLA? You can download this.
DVLA sent me Form D737 (Certificate of Entitlement) after I requested it on a web chat. I handed this in at the IMT office in the hope that it would speed up the issue of my Portuguese licence. We shall see. If they do mean List of Categories from the DVLA or Form D737, they need to make it clear. Certificate of Authenticity could mean a number of things. I still think they mean Residencia certificate because that is what the original instructions say in Portuguese on the IMT site.

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A certificate of authenticity would be :
Declaração emitida pelo serviço emissor ou autoridade diplomática ou consular, comprovativa da autenticidade do título de condução, da data de emissão e respetiva validade, das categorias de veículos a que está habilitado, com as respetivas datas e restrições e ainda que o título de condução foi obtido mediante aprovação em exame de condução;
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So it's a declaration from the issuing authority or diplomatic or consular service, attesting to the authenticity of the licence submitted, the date of issue and its validity, the vehicle categories authorised, together with respective dates and restrictions, and that the issuing of the licence was subject to a driving test.

...and which applies to non EU drivers' licences.

So it looks like the form on the link is either a one size fits all, where you only submit the documents specified on the main page, or that they've embedded a link to the wrong form. Most likely the former, I'd say
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A certificate of authenticity would be :

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So it's a declaration from the issuing authority or diplomatic or consular service, attesting to the authenticity of the licence submitted, the date of issue and its validity, the vehicle categories authorised, together with respective dates and restrictions, and that the issuing of the licence was subject to a driving test.

...and which applies to non EU drivers' licences.

So it looks like the form on the link is either a one size fits all, where you only submit the documents specified on the main page, or that they've embedded a link to the wrong form. Most likely the former, I'd say
Well that's cleared that up Red Eric. Why am I not surprised that the application form is not 100% spot on first time?
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