Registration and Documents

Understand how to register your imported vehicle in Portugal...

The details of the vehicle's registration are recorded on the DUA (Documento Uníco Automóvel) or "All-in-One Card". This replaces the Vehicle Ownership Registration (Titulo de Registo de Propriedade), Licence Plate (Matrícula) and Log Book (Livrete) card. Vehicle registration documents must be carried in the car at all times.

DUAs - and the registration of new or second hand vehicles can be done at a local civil registry office, the IRN (Instituto dos Registos e Notariado).

  • For the section on registration of vehicles: Click here (in Portuguese)
  • The registration form can be downloaded: Click here (PDF in Portuguese)

Note: most websites and documentation needed for the process are in Portuguese. Staff at the Citizens' Shops (Lojas do Cidadão) can help in English with all matters concerning vehicles and registration.

  • For a list of the local Citizens' Shops: Click here

Getting Portuguese registration (or licence) plates

Application for a change in licence plate is made through the IRN office. A new vehicle registration number (matrícula) is issued. This and the other documents are needed to get the DUA. Number plates must then be made and fitted

  • To find a local IRN office: Click here
  • For more information from the IRN: Click here (in Portuguese)

A used car that has been imported for personal use may not be sold, loaned to anyone outside the immediate family of the owner, or hired for a year following registration in Portugal. Only one vehicle may be imported tax-free per person every five years.