In order to import a vehicle
to Portugal, you need to submit an application within a maximum of 12 months of
arrival, to the customs office with jurisdiction over your area of residence.
The application should be submitted, together with:
- a certificate of
cancellation of residence issued by the competent authority in your
residence. (if, as in the UK, there is no such authority, the Consulate
will issue a
production of your registration certificate or proof you have applied
- your passport
- evidence you have lived, as
a permanent resident, in your former country of residence for at
least six months
prior to arrival in Portugal (utility bills are accepted though bank
- the vehicle's logbook and
instruction manual or catalogue.
-a certificate of compliance
or Form 1402 issued by the
Direcção-Geral de Viação
(Portuguese DVLA) confirming the vehicle
has undergone an inspection.
- your registration
certificate or evidence you have applied for a registration certificate
declaration from your
local parish council (Junta da freguesia) confirming you are resident
- your fiscal card (cartão de
- 3 years original tax returns
or a declaration from the tax office in your area of residence
attesting to the
amount of income earned in Portugal over the past three years.
The customs authorities in Portugal may ask
for further documentation, as necessary, so it is advisable to contact
them in the first instance for an application form listing the
supporting documents require and the fees applicable.
It is also worthy to note if you are making
an application take at least two copies of your documentation in case
they are mislaid, which is not unheard of.
Once your application has been formally
submitted, the customs authorities may issue a limited-validity
authorisation (guia de circulação) which will enable you to use your
vehicle in Portugal while it is under consideration without any risk of
a fine from the Alfendega (customs).
The process takes around one to two months,
but don't be alarmed if it takes longer to gain receipt of your new
Portuguese registration plates.