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Driving Licence Laws Portugal.
You can have only one EU driving licence at any one time. This licence is issued by the authorities of the EU country where you usually live.
If you move to another EU country and your driving licence is lost, stolen, damaged or expired, you should renew, replace or exchange it in the country where you usually live IE Portugal if you are now a resident.
Also, find out what you have to do if your driving licence is lost or stolen while you are travelling abroad.
Exchanging your licence to a Portuguese one.
If you change your residence to another EU country, you don't usually have to change your driving licence. You can use your current licence as long as it remains valid.
If you wish, you can voluntarily exchange your licence for an equivalent one in your new country of residence.
You will have to prove that you are a resident of that country and that you meet the conditions for having a driving licence (e.g. you have reached the minimum age, your state of health permits you to drive, etc.).
Before the authorities exchange your driving licence, they will contact the authorities in your previous country of residence to check that your driving licence has not been restricted, suspended or withdrawn.
Obligatory exchange of driving licence in Portugal
When living abroad, you will have to exchange your driving licence for a local one:
Once you exchange your original driving licence for a local one, you will be subject to that country's rules (e.g. on validity periods and medical checks).
Renewing your licence
If you move to another EU country and your EU driving licence expires, you will have to renew your licence in the country where you usually live
If your driving licence has been suspended, restricted, withdrawn or cancelled in the EU country which issued it, you will not be able to have it renewed.
Are you living abroad and need to renew your licence or replace a lost one? Check the formalities in the country where you live:
When to exchange or renew your UK driving licence in Portugal
Who needs to change or renew driving licence in Portugal
If you are living in Portugal as a full time residence then you will at some time need to change your driving licence to a Portuguese one as you cannot hold more than one driving licence at any one time.