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Gather Required Documents
Our team will immediately send you a confirmation email with a form to fill in with required documents.
Medical and Psychological Evaluation
Visit a certified medical professional in Portugal to get the required medical certificate. If necessary, also complete a psychological evaluation.
Complete Application Form
Obtain and fill out the application form for exchanging a foreign driving license.
Submit Application
Visit an IMT office with your completed application form and all required documents. It is advisable to make an appointment in advance to avoid long wait times.
Wait for Processing
After submitting your application and documents, wait for the processing period. This can take a few weeks to a couple of months.
Receive Confirmation
You may receive a temporary driving permit while your application is being processed. This permit allows you to drive in Portugal until you receive your Portuguese driving license.
Collect Your Portuguese Driving License
Once your application is approved, you will be notified to collect your new Portuguese driving license. You may need to return to the IMT office to pick it up, or it may be mailed to your address.
Surrender Your Foreign Driving License
In some cases, you may need to surrender your foreign driving license when you collect your new Portuguese license. Confirm this with the IMT office.
Required documents

Valid Foreign Driving License: Ensure it is still valid and not expired.

Proof of Identity: Passport or national ID card.

Proof of Residence: Residency certificate (Certificado de Registo de Cidadão da União Europeia) or residency permit.

Tax Identification Number (NIF): You need this number to complete the process.

Medical Certificate: Obtain a medical certificate from a Portuguese doctor, confirming you are fit to drive.

Psychological Evaluation Certificate (if applicable): Required for certain categories of driving licenses.

Two Passport-Sized Photos: Some offices may request these, so it's good to have them on hand.

Eligibility Requiremets

Ensure your foreign driving license is eligible for exchange. Check if your license is from an EU/EEA country or a country with a reciprocal agreement with Portugal.

How long it takes to exchange licene

It normally takes up to 10-24 business days to process.

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Ariane leads our Portugal immigration lawyer team. She will personally oversee any Portugal services you purchase from Movingto. Ariane is a licensed immigration lawyer and is based in Lisbon, Portugal.

About us
We are Dean and Ana, the dynamic couple behind Movingto. Our journey has taken us across the globe, from the vibrant city of Melbourne to the colorful landscapes of Spain.

Founded in April 2021, Movingto was inspired by our own experiences of moving from London to Lisbon. Frustrated with the archaic process, we wanted to make relocating a modern, digital, user-friendly, and more cost-effective experience.

Fast forward 3 years and we now have a team of solicitors who have processed hundreds of visas for people around the world.
Frequently asked questions
Can I exchange my foreign driving license for a Portuguese one?

Yes, if you hold a valid driving license from an EU/EEA country or a country with a reciprocal agreement with Portugal, you can exchange it for a Portuguese driving license.

Which countries have reciprocal agreements with Portugal for driving license exchange?

Countries include, but are not limited to, Brazil, Switzerland, South Korea, and Canada. It is advisable to check the latest list on the Portuguese IMT (Institute for Mobility and Transport) website.

What is the time frame for exchanging my foreign driving license in Portugal?

You should apply for the exchange within 90 days of establishing residence in Portugal.

What documents are required to exchange a foreign driving license in Portugal?

Required documents typically include your valid foreign driving license, proof of residence in Portugal, a tax identification number (NIF), a medical certificate, and a psychological evaluation certificate (if applicable).

Do I need to take a driving test to exchange my foreign driving license?

Generally, no driving test is required if you are exchanging a license from an EU/EEA country or a country with a reciprocal agreement. However, a medical and possibly a psychological evaluation may be needed.

How long does it take to get a Portuguese driving license after applying for an exchange?

The process can take a few weeks to a couple of months, depending on the completeness of your application and the workload of the IMT.

Is there a fee for exchanging a foreign driving license in Portugal?

Yes, there is a fee for exchanging a foreign driving license. The exact amount can vary, so it is advisable to check the current fee on the IMT website.

Can I drive in Portugal with my foreign driving license while waiting for the exchange?

If you are from an EU/EEA country, you can drive with your foreign license until it expires. If you are from a non-EU/EEA country, you can typically drive for up to 185 days after establishing residency while waiting for the exchange.

What happens if my foreign driving license expires before I exchange it?

You must exchange your foreign license before it expires. If it expires, you may need to undergo additional procedures, such as taking a driving test, to obtain a Portuguese license.

Where can I apply for the exchange of my foreign driving license in Portugal?

You can apply at any IMT office. It is advisable to make an appointment online to avoid long waiting times.

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NIF + Bank Account

Your Portugal NIF will be requested by a fiscal representative through a power of attorney by the tax authorities.

After that, you must open a Portuguese bank account and transfer money to demonstrate that you have the financial resources to maintain your residence (€665 per month for the primary applicant and €333 per month for each accompanying family member).

Visa application

In person at the Portuguese Embassy or the appropriate authority in the country of origin or legal residence.

Depending on the consulate or embassy, visa requirements may differ. We will organize everything for you prior to your appointment.

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Residence permit

The initial residential permit is granted for a period of two years, followed by a three-year extension.

A resident who has lived in Portugal for five years is eligible to apply for a permanent residency permit valid for five years and can then pursue Portuguese citizenship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Moving is difficult, so we're sure you have a lot of questions!

What is a Portugal D7 Visa?

The Portugal D7 Visa, also known as the Passive Income Visa, is intended for individuals who wish to move to Portugal and can sustain themselves financially without needing employment there. This could be through pensions, rental income, financial investments, or other forms of passive income. It's popular among retirees, freelancers, and digital nomads.

Who is eligible for a D7 Visa?

You're eligible for a D7 Visa if you can demonstrate steady passive income that can comfortably cover your living expenses in Portugal. There's no specified minimum amount, but as a guide, it should meet the Portuguese minimum wage, currently of approximately €700 per month.

How long is the D7 Visa valid for?

The D7 Visa is initially valid for one year and can be renewed for successive periods of two years. After five years of legal residency, you can apply for permanent residency or even Portuguese Citizenship if you meet certain criteria.

Does the D7 Visa allow me to work in Portugal?

While the D7 Visa is geared towards individuals with passive income, it doesn't prohibit you from working. However, you'll need to meet certain requirements, and any income you generate from working can't be used to meet the income requirement for the visa.

Can my family come with me on a D7 Visa?

Yes, dependents can be included in your D7 Visa application. This can include your spouse, minor children, and dependent parents.

How do I apply for a D7 Visa?

Movingto will guide you through the whole application process. Which starts in your home country at a Portuguese embassy or consulate. You'll need to provide several documents, including proof of your passive income, and you may need to attend an interview. Once your application is approved, you move to Portugal and apply for a residence permit.

What documents do I need for the application?

You'll need to provide documents like a valid passport, proof of health insurance, criminal record certificate, and importantly, proof of your regular passive income. Check the embassy's requirements as they can vary.

How long does the application process take?

The processing time can vary but typically takes between 1-4 months. It's recommended to apply well in advance of your planned move date to account for any delays.

How much does the D7 Visa cost?

Movingto has the best prices in the market at $2,800 per first applicant. There could be additional costs for document translations or notary services. Be sure to check with your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information.

What steps do I need to take after arriving in Portugal with my D7 Visa?

Once you're in Portugal, you'll need to apply for a residence permit, register with the local authorities, and set up your tax status. You may also want to open a Portuguese bank account.

Can I buy property in Portugal with a D7 Visa?

Yes, there are no restrictions on property ownership for D7 Visa holders. In fact, Movingto can assist you in securing the best mortgage rates in Portugal.

How does health insurance work in Portugal?

Health insurance is a requirement for the D7 Visa. Portugal has a public health system, but you may choose to opt for private health insurance. You can compare health insurance options on Movingto

What about taxes?

That is the best part! As a resident of Portugal, you are eligible to apply for an NHR tax regime and save lots of money by paying to reduce taxes in Portugal. Portugal has numerous double tax agreements in place to avoid you being taxed twice.

Can I extend or renew my D7 Visa in Portugal?

Yes, the D7 Visa can be renewed in Portugal. After the first year, you can apply for a two-year extension. For further assistance or queries, feel free to reach out to us at Movingto

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