Driving in Portugal

Living in Europe | Entry conditions/visas | Portugal



Driving Laws

In Portugal, driving is on the right with overtaking on the left and you can be fined more than 1,000 Euros if you pass a driver on the right.

Most of the motorways in Portugal have tolls. You'll also find tolls on some bridges. Tolls can be paid in cash at the toll booths or, if in Portugal for some time, you can buy an automatic toll kit read by sensors on the toll roads (Via Verde).



Driver's Licence and Car Registration


The IMT - Institute of Mobility and Transport is the portuguese organisation dealing with the aspects of foreign Driver's Licence and Car Registrations.  



  • Driving licenses issued by countries belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) are valid in Portugal and the obtention of the Portuguese driving licence is optional. See more info.

  • Countries adhering to the International Road Traffic Conventions. See UNECE TRANSPORT AGREEMENTS/AND CONVENTIONS map (2013).

  • The recognition of driving licenses issued by foreign countries not adhering to the International Road Traffic Conventions depends on the accomplishment and approval of practical driving tests, for each category that the driver owns. More info

  • Other situations for citizens from Andorra, Angola, Brazil, Macau, Marroco, Mozambique, São Tomé e Príncipe, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates. More info

The IMT is the competent authority to assign national registration to a used vehicle registered in another country. For this purpose, the natural or legal person, with the legitimacy to proceed with their admission, importation or introduction into national territory, must submit the application in the Regional and District Services of the IMT of the area of residence.