Australian Drivers Licence Requirements
Use of Australian driver’s licences within Portugal
Holders of an Australian driver licence are able to drive in Portugal for a period of up to six months without an International Driving Licence. Should a holder wish to drive beyond the six month period, they are required to exchange their licences for a Portuguese licence with the Instituto da Mobilidade e dos Transportes, I.P. (IMTT). Otherwise, the holder may be subjected to heavy penalties (eg. approx. Eur 300).
Exchanging an Australian Driver Licence for a Portuguese Licence
The Embassy does not issue declarations for persons holding a valid Australian Driver Licence.
You will need to contact directly the Motor Transport in the relevant State or Territory, requesting an original information certificate confirming that you are the holder of a valid driver licence in the relevant State or Territory.
The certificate needs to include confirmation of the type and class of licence, when it was first issued and when it expires.
THE CERTIFICATE MUST BE ORIGINAL AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHORISING OFFICER OF THE RELEVANT STATE/TERRITORY MOTOR TRANSPORT.
CERTIFICATES SENT BY EMAIL OR BY FAX WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY THE EMBASSY.
Click here for the contact details of the State entity responsible for issuing drivers licences.
Once you have received the original certificate from the State authority, you will need to present the certificate to the Embassy.
The Embassy will then authenticate the original certificate.
There is a consular fee to authenticate the certificate. An additional fee will be applied for binding any pages attached to the original certificate.
The Embassy does not provide translation services. Should you require a translation of your Australian documents into Portuguese, please consult our List of Translators and Interpreters.
Driver Licence certificates that do not contain a signature or seal, are ineligible for legalisation/authentication. The limited effect of legalisation is to certify the authenticity of the signature. Legalising does NOT relate to the content of the underlying document itself.
For this reason, electronically issued certificates from an Australian driving licence authority that contain no signature or seal cannot be legalised.
When enquiring with the local Portuguese Licencing authority (IMTT) about exchanging your Australian driver licence for a Portuguese licence, you may wish to provide this note which explains the Australian Government's procedures for legalising certificates relating to Australian driver licences.
Use of foreign driving licences within Australia
Temporary Visitors to Australia are permitted to drive subject to their current licence being issued in English.
If the licence issued in the country of permanent residence is not issued in English, the visitor will also need to carry an International Driving Permit (IDP) at all times while driving. A visitor will then be permitted to drive a vehicle of the type or class to which the licence is applicable.
If you hold a current Portuguese driving licence and require to drive in Australia while on holidays, please contact the Instituto da Mobilidade e dos Transportes, I.P. (IMT) to enquire on how to obtain an International driving licence.
Renewal of Driver Licence
Australian Embassies and Consulates do not renew driver licences.
You will need to contact the relevant State Government Licence issuing Authority in Australia and obtain information on renewing your licence while residing overseas.
Please note that should you require your renewal forms and anay ID documents to be witnessed by a Consular Officer, you will need to contact us and make an appointment.