Portuguese Driving Licence Renewal

Information about the procedure for renewing and revalidating a driving licence, and for replacing a licence that has expired or been lost or stolen...

All drivers of Category A, B, B+E and Sub-Category A1 and B1 vehicles aged 50, 60, 65, and 70 are obliged to renew their driving licences. After age 70 renewals must be applied for every two years. The rules cover several types of vehicle including motorbikes, cars with a weight limit of 3.5 tonnes and vehicles with tow bars.

On January 2 2013, the IMT introduced a new system of licence renewal, which only applies to drivers who received their licence for the first time after that date. AM, A1, A2, A, B1, B and BE licences are renewed when the holder is aged 30, 40, 50, 60, 65 and 70, and every two years after that.  If the driver acquired their licence between the ages of 25 and 30, their first revalidation is at the age of 40.

Drivers with commercial licences (Class C or D) must renew their licences regularly once they reach 40 years of age. This includes drivers of vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, buses (vehicles with over 8 passenger seats) and vehicles with towing facilities.

If they received a licence after January 2 2013, drivers of C-class vehicles have to renew their licences at the ages of 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70. After that, they must renew the licence every two years of age after that.  Drivers of D-class vehicles must renew their licences at the same ages, but cannot drive D-class vehicles after they reach the age of 65.

To renew a Portuguese driving licence for the first time, drivers require a medical certificate proving they are fit enough to drive. Renewal requests can be made at the IMT office, via the IMTonline platform, citizen shops or IMT partners. There is a 10 per cent discount if the renewal is done online.

Revalidation of a driving licence

Under Portuguese law, there is an obligation for drivers of 70 years or over to take a Revalidation Driving Test (Revalidação do Título de Condução).

Six months before reaching age 70 the licence holder must apply for the Revalidação do Título de Condução from their nearest IMT office or via the IMTonline platform The following documents are needed:

  • A medical document attesting physical and mental ability to drive (Atestado Médico)
  • Completed IMT Form requesting revalidation
  • Two recent matt colour passport photographs with name printed on the reverse
  • Passport, identity card or residency card - originals and photocopies
  • Original driving licence and photocopy
  • Fee

Reissue of Lost, Stolen

A driving licence may be reissued in circumstances of loss, theft, change of personal details (name, address, etc.) or for re-validation.

The ePortugal website has instructions on what do to if a license is lost or stolen. 

Citizen shops have a 'lost my wallet' help desk where documentation can be submitted for a new application. A citizens card and tax payer's number need to be presented. Some help desks require an appointment.