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Decree Law No. 25-B/2021

Publication: Republic Diary No. 62/2021, Series I of 2021-03-30
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 25-B/2021
  • Pages: 32-(4) a 32-(5)

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law establishes a transitional scheme for the recognition and exchange of UK driving licences.

What is going to change?

The holders of driving licences issued by the United Kingdom who are resident in Portugal may exchange their driving licence for a Portuguese driving licence only at the end of its validity in the event of loss, theft or loss and are also exempt from taking a driving test for this purpose.

The Portuguese driving licence issued in exchange for a foreign driving licence will record the vehicle categories registered on the foreign licence exchanged.

What advantages does it bring?

This decree-law allows, until the entry into force of the Bilateral Agreement between the two countries, that driving licences issued by the United Kingdom to citizens resident in Portugal, provided they are valid, continue to be recognised and exchanged under the same terms as driving licences issued by Member States of the European Union.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law enters into force on the day following its publication and remains in force until 31 December 2021.

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