"Did you know that... before you turn 50 you have to renew your driving license?" is a message being shared on social media by the Public Security Police (PSP).
If you have a Portuguese driving license, be aware that the date you have to renew it varies depending on the date your license was issued. And there are three dates to be aware of according to Noticias ao Minuto.
If you were licensed to drive before January 2, 2013, be aware that the first renewal of the license must be made at age 50 - the only one without needing to present a medical certificate. The second occurs at age 60, then at 65 and then at 70, explains the Institute for Mobility and Transport (IMT), with it then needing to be renewed "every two years".
Drivers qualified as of January 2, 2013, will have to renew their license according to "the date recorded" on the back of the document. The second renewal takes place every 15 years until the driver turns 60 years old. Then, the new renewals take place at age 65, then at age 70, and then "every two years".
The final option is for drivers who have been licensed as of July 30, 2016. They will have to carry out the first renewal "every 15 years after the date of license until reaching the age of 60". The next validation takes place at age 60 and, until age 70, every five years. From the age of 70, the revalidation starts, like in the other cases, to be carried out every two years".
Join AutoClube (ACP) to renew or exchange your driving licence. More expensive, but worth it. Unfortunately, if you’re a E.U. National you need to present a valid resident permit or a permanent resident card at the time of the renewal. If you don’t have this, you unfortunately can’t renew. Of course, the SEF needs to supply the permanent resident card - if you’ve been here for more than 5 years. Otherwise, less than 5 years here, you can ask for this paper document from your local CÂMARA MUNICIPAL by presenting your E.U. passport. Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to schedule an appointment with the SEF, they are understaffed and swamped with foreigners (both E.U. and others) attempting to obtain Portuguese residency. The situation is scandalous and the fault lies entirely with the current paper pushing government. Marcelo and Antonio encourage foreigners to invest in Portugal, but they do nothing to facilitate the residency process; more smoke and mirrors Portuguese style.
Elsewhere in the E.U. Portuguese passport holders have it much easier because they are foremost holders of European passports and therefore can reside anywhere within the Union. The founding concept behind the E.U. is supposed to be open borders for all member states! Currently, there’s approximately 200,000 E.U. Nationals living in Portugal and they are still required to go through the SEF’s bureaucracy. Today, the SEF can’t get enough of their bureaucratic ways, if E.U. Nationals didn’t have to deal with this never-ending bureaucracy it would free up a ton of time for SEF employees to process other immigrants residency papers. But Marcelo and Antonio are not really thinking about that…for some strange reason…
By Dre from Lisbon on 30 Oct 2022, 07:31
Joined ACP in order to do this - they were useless! Tried to do twice myself and not had any replies
By Janice Dunn from Lisbon on 30 Oct 2022, 09:45
Lot's of people's are making fake foreign license within period of 2-3months to exchange Portuguese license. It's very dangerous to let unprofessional people to drive a vehicle it may cause accidents.
People are selling fake license for lots of €
By Anozéleóe from Other on 31 Oct 2022, 14:42