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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:32 pm 
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Went to IMT in Faro as advised to register our UK driving licence. Arrived at 11.55am our ticket number 62 and currently serving number 15!
Went back again at 3.00pm and number at 29!
Can anyone recommend a good time or day to revisit?????


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:21 pm 
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Did you go in the last few days? The computer system went down. See https://portaldaqueixa.com/mercado-auto ... de-sistema. It was on the national news.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:31 am 
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Thanks for info Alan.
It was actually the 31st Jan when we went and to say it was chaos is a huge understatement!
Need to try again but will leave it a few weeks in the hope we have better luck next time.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:06 pm 
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Posting here as it seems more relevant. In Moving to Portugal, X-Camone recently linked to a helpful piece of video of the PT minister explaining to a meeting various issues around Brexit, including mutual recognition of driving licences (I understood even in the case of no deal). Very heartening. Now, have just viewed a video from Safe Communities Portugal put out by the British Embassy seeming to intimate that driving licences may not be recognised in the event of no deal. Hmm, disheartened again. Anyone heard anything else recently, or am I misunderstanding the info in either of these videos?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:52 pm 
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If you have a an Android smart phone you can load an App called SIGA from Google Play. It allows you to take a ticket and monitors the number being currently dealt with + the estimated waiting time. Amazing technology if indeed it worked which at the moment it doesn't fully because of volume of clients.

SIGA works nationally and for other departments as well as IMT. Once you have one the driving licence renewal is a simple online process. Even the medical check info is done by the doctor and entered online.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:27 pm 
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Mac & Mabel wrote:
> Posting here as it seems more relevant. In Moving to Portugal, X-Camone
> recently linked to a helpful piece of video of the PT minister explaining
> to a meeting various issues around Brexit, including mutual recognition of
> driving licences (I understood even in the case of no deal). Very
> heartening. Now, have just viewed a video from Safe Communities Portugal
> put out by the British Embassy seeming to intimate that driving licences
> may not be recognised in the event of no deal. Hmm, disheartened again.
> Anyone heard anything else recently, or am I misunderstanding the info in
> either of these videos?

The Minister for Foreign Affairs was in the news again today, saying that some legislation for safeguarding rights of resident UK citizens in the eventuality of a no deal Brexit had just been approved in the Council of Ministers and will go forward to the Assembly for their endorsement. He specifically mentioned recognition of driving licences.


He did, however, add that this was all approved on the understanding of reciprocity on the part of the UK government with regard to PT nationals residing in the UK and that if it became apparent that wasn't forthcoming the legislation would be void.


Here's a short sound clip of him saying that : https://www.rtp.pt/noticias/pais/brexit ... s_a1130657


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:21 am 
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Thanks again for info.
We don't want to renew licenses, just register them until they expire then we would start the process of applying for a PT licence.
Can we register them via this SIGA app?? I thought you had to go in person so they could verify your details??


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:23 am 
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The Siga App only allows you take a ticket and join the queue for one of the services they associate with, it then allows you to see when you turn is likely to come up so that you don't have to sit there for hours reading a book. Try it - its free.

If you have set up your Financas info correctly online then you can also login to the IMT Online site where you can make an online application for a drivers licence or organise a renewal

https://servicos.imt-ip.pt


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:56 am 
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X Camone, you’ve produced the goods yet again. I was sure you’d know. Thank you so much. We shall stop worrying again then, and cross everything that Mrs May’s lot do the decent thing and offer reciprocal recognition.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:13 pm 
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Seems to me the only certainty in this Brexit fiasco is that nothing is certain.
If you live here or spend most of your time here there are great advantages to changing your license, you will be perfectly legal not just in Portugal but the other eu countries too. The disasadvantages are that you may lose some of your catagories unless you specifically request them an possibly take some exams regarding this. Worse case scenario you may need an idp to drive in U.K.

If it all goes to pot with a no deal, you may need a idp to drive here and a different one for other eu countries. Worse case scenario here is that your U.K. License may be invalid if you are resident and it may be too late to swap it,in which case you would need to obtain a Portuguese license by taking a driving test here.

Remember this is not a one way ticket if your decide to return permanently to U.K. You will be able to change it back.

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