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Old Sep 29th 2023, 2:18 pm
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Afternoon all,

I'm resident here (since '20) with a Portuguese driving licence, but wanted to occassionally bring my UK vehicle here - what's the current ruling on how long I can do that - <6 months in any one 12 month period?

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Old Sep 29th 2023, 2:58 pm
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You're not allowed to drive a foreign plated vehicle here at all if you're a resident, unless you're in the process of getting the vehicle registered here.

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Pretty strict then. So doing that means having to pay the tax etc. Can I keep the UK plate do you know Eric?
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Default Re: How long can I use a UK registered car in Portugal

Originally Posted by Juleskitoo
Pretty strict then. So doing that means having to pay the tax etc. Can I keep the UK plate do you know Eric?
LOL.....the number is the least of your problems depending on the age of the car and its engine.
My old Vauxhall Astra twintop with 1.8 petrol engine from 2007 will cost over €10K o metriculate into a Portuguese car, and no you could not keep the UK plate while it is registered n Portugal.worth about £1500 in UK !!!!
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Originally Posted by Juleskitoo
.... Can I keep the UK plate do you know ... ?
Well you can physically remove the plate from your car and keep it, you don't have to send it back to the UK, but I doubt that's what you're asking about. Once registered in Portugal your car will be assigned a Portuguese registration number and it will need a Portuguese plate.

I don't know if Portugal allows "personal registrations" (I doubt it), because the US, for example allows pretty much any registration (that isn't offensive, or reserved for an organization such as the police), and so I am still driving cars that "have my UK registrations", albeit stamped onto American registration plates.

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Thanks all - sounds like a bit or a 'mare.
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Just in case, in the unlikely event that you think this is something unique to Portugal, you're similarly disallowed driving a foreign-plated car in any EU member state of which you are a resident. And the same aplies in the UK, to boot.
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In fact in the UK it is even worse as you cannot drive it all except for travel to/or from an MOT even during the re reg period.
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It would appear that the only solution would be to buy more than one car.
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Originally Posted by Juleskitoo
It would appear that the only solution would be to buy more than one car.
As things stand for you, possibly.

Normally, you'd be able to make do with one, registered in your country of residence, which you could drive as a visitor elsewhere (as many a UK resident PT holiday home owner did / does).
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Originally Posted by Juleskitoo
Afternoon all,

I'm resident here (since '20) with a Portuguese driving licence, but wanted to occassionally bring my UK vehicle here - what's the current ruling on how long I can do that - <6 months in any one 12 month period?

Thanks

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So how do you insure the car in the UK, considering you are a a PT resident and hold a PT driving license?
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So how do you insure the car in the UK, considering you are a a PT resident and hold a PT driving license?
In the same way that a UK resident holding a UK driving licence is able to insure a car in PT.
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In the same way that a UK resident holding a UK driving licence is able to insure a car in PT.
Well if you do that then please let me know which Insurer you use.
MY insurer for over a decade without any claims or convictions in over 50 years refused to insure me, as I am considered NON resident in UK (despite owning property there).
Yes they would accept a PT license (but if a UK resident that would only be valid in UK for 12 months).
Its the residency they and every other Insurer in UK does not accept........(unlike Portugal)
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I used Sterling insurance last year for a short period in the UK and travelling across the continent. They were quite restrictive on the milage and were more expensive, but they did provide cover.
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Originally Posted by Juleskitoo
I used Sterling insurance last year for a short period in the UK and travelling across the continent. They were quite restrictive on the milage and were more expensive, but they did provide cover.
well tried them online and they would not quote at all, suggested I call them !
and that was telling them that I was a UK resident.,odd that it asks if you have been UK resident from birth, or from what date, so I put in 2 months ago and hold a EU license.
With that info that was the response I got, same as every other company I have tried.
So just dunno how an immigrant to UK that wants to insure a car goes about it, They must say when they became resident, they probably hold an EU license until they change it (they have a year to do so in UK). SO whats the difference in what I have said?
I find this whole issue in the UK bizarre, any foreigner from anywhere can hire a car at an airport including insurance without any of this palava How doi they check validity of foreign driving licenses? They cant get a Code from DVLA, which Brits need.
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