A C.N.H (National Driving License) Brazilian Enters into force in Portugal Starting this Monday, 1. The change in the Highway Code covers all citizens of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) and the Organization for Economic Development Cooperation (OECD).
Until Decree-Law No. 46 of 2022 came into effect, Brazilians and other foreigners living in European countries had to exchange their documents for the Portuguese version. Replacement was mandatory for up to 90 days, counting from the issuance of the residence permit.
After the initial period, the the driver A Portuguese driver’s license can be applied for within two years, but without driving a vehicle with a CNH issued in Brazil during that period. After two years, it was possible to request the automatic exchange of the issued document after passing a new practical driving test.
The change in legislation reduces bureaucracy and costs for foreigners living in Portugal, says lawyer Thiago Huer, partner of Martins Castro. He adds that the innovation facilitates the integration of citizens from other countries and will have a positive impact on the Portuguese economy.
The new law only applies to drivers under the age of 60 who have a foreign driving title issued or renewed less than 15 years ago. It is valid MotorcyclesTricycles, quadricycles with 50 or more cylinders, other than eight-passenger vehicles (with or without trailer and semi-trailer).
In the case of cars with up to 17 seats and a maximum length of 8 meters, it is necessary to undergo theoretical and practical tests at the Institute of Mobility and Transport (IMT).
No changes are planned for tourists. Anyone visiting Portugal can travel around the country for up to 185 days with a Brazilian driver’s license.
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