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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:27 pm 
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As this is a favourite question, here is a link to the UK Embassy in Lisbon that tells you what you need to know!

http://ukinportugal.fco.gov.uk/en/help- ... tugal/cars

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Hi All

How to get a car made legal in Portugal.The facts
Well here goes these are the facts not as i see but as i did.

The most important thing is that to get your car imported and pay no tax you must have owned the car for more than 12 months and have utility bills for 12 months. Council tax, Electric, Gas, Phone ETC. In case your bills are not complete then bank statements to back up your bills. This last part helped me as one of my bills was incomplete but the statement proved continuity of payment so my bills where accepted.

There are a number of things to do to get your car made legal here in Portugal and this is as follows how it's done. One such change was that being a RHD car the headlights had to be changed. The cost for a pair of headlights was 120€ and they are an easy fit. I know because i have done it, no agent just me on my own.

First you need from the manufacturer of your car a Certificate of Conformity. This you must have or forget the idea of being getting your car made legal. The cost varies from Manufacturer to Manufacturer. Vauxhall charged me £96 for my car. Other manufacturers charge whatever they like but you have to pay it. Some cars like Land Rover are not easy to get but there are companies on the Internet who can supply them at a cost. A 1972 Land Rover is about £200 for a Certificate of Conformity.

You need this to submit your car to the IMTT for a Portuguese MOT. At the test they check the car complies with the details on the Certificate of Conformity and believe me they check everything. For this there is a form that can be downloaded from the IMTT website. You need three copies and the information is all in Portuguese. You need to copy from the Certificate of Conformity onto the IMTT forms and take them with you for your test. The Certificate of Conformity must be in Portuguese. The cost for this is 77.18€

You have to take out residency and you go to the local Camara/ Council for you still in the UK or in Portugal it's called the Camara. The charge for residency is 15€.

Now you have your residency certificate you need to go the British Consulate in Porto or Lisbon.I went to Porto to get a Statuary Declaration this is a legal form that you have to have if you want to import your car without paying import tax. Due to it being difficult to find i will provide separate information including screen shots of the maps etc. When you go to the Consulate you need and i Quote from the Consulate site " This will be issued once you have taken a statutory declaration and on presentation of your passport, tax-payer’s ID card, your residence certificate and vehicle registration document " The fee for this bit of Paper is 157€. Ouch that's a lot.

The reason it's hard to find is on the Consulate site is a map showing the letter A in a street. The Consulate is not there but it's in walking distance.

That's only the start but it's not as bad a task as some will have you believe it is. I know i have done it.

OK lets just recap what has been done.

Certificate of Conformity: Done
Residency: Done
Statuary Declaration: Done

Now there is a lot of Printing of forms and photo copying to be done.

I had four of each to be safe.

Passport.
Driving licence with the paper counterpart.
Residency certificate.
Fiscal/ Nif form.
Car log book all parts.

When you have the car tested and you have the Green pass certificate also you are give a Yellow form you can start the next part and that is submitting the paperwork to the Customs. At Customs you will be given three forms that need filling in and you will have to buy two more forms from the office next door. The cost for these is 1.80€ for the two. Again much of the information is taken from the Certificate of Conformity.

The lady at the Customs gave me back some forms to take to Coimbra to the IMTT office . At the IMTT office i was redirected back to the office where i had my car tested as a number was missing. When i got to the test center it was only a simple thing that had to be added and then it was back to the Customs office. I then gave the lady at Customs the forms that i had to take to the IMTT where one of them she photocopied and then filled in a form which she gave me and explained that should i be stopped by the Police i should give them the form.

The lady at Customs then said in a week i will receive a letter that will have my new car registration number on it and i would have to go back to Coimbra. I have since found out that when i get my letter then i can go and get the plates for my car and fit them. At this point the Insurance have to be informed of the new registration number. The trip to Coimbra is the last step to take to driving legal and that is to get the new Log book so i am told.

OK Cost
Statuary Declaration. 157.00€
Certificate of Conformity £96 for my car
Residency 15.00€
Car Test 77.18€
Customs form 1.80€
Car plates 15.00€ app
One pair of headlights 120.00€

The cost for fuel and tolls could be quite a lot depending where in Portugal you live and what you drive.
My car trips where to the British Consulate in Porto all from Gois
Customs in Averio
IMTT in Coimbra
IMTT in Souselas

All the forms that need filling in are in Portuguese but taken slowly you can do it, also use Google Translate.

The above is Fact i know because i did all the above. I do thank Barbara who did some photocopying for me as my copier is still in the UK at the moment.

Peter " A Very Mr Happy "

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Peter
Very well done and congratulations.

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Hi Peter,
You didn't mention the cost of conversion for front and rear stop/fog lights or were you already LHD ?
Well done for great explanation and costings.
Small point - Council Office/ Town Hall is Câmara not camera the photograhic version.
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Hi Chris

Well spotted, i have changed the spelling and added the cost of the headlights that had to be fitted. My car at the rear was ok so nothing to be done there.

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Hi Peter, many congrats and well done for doing it yourself.

A couple of questions though.

Did you have to go to the Finances and or the Social Security for a declaration saying you had no unpaid taxes or owed any other money as some sites suggest?

And

why did you use the Customs in Aveiro, is the Customs office in Fig da Foz not more local, is it shut ?

I know a man who is CONSIDERING doing it but due to time issues may use an Agent.

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Hi Gordon

I went to Averio as it was the only Customs i knew about, but saying that the lady at Customs was so very helpful and for that i am glad i went there.

I wasn't asked anything about unpaid taxes so i can't give an answer. That's the problem with the subject of Matriculation there are so many horror stories. I went ahead with my eyes wide open and ignored what i had previously heard. I think and for me it worked is that i was prepared. I took everything that has anything to do with me moving here to Portugal i even copied my Bank statements and they helped.

The fear of the language did not stop me i just took each question one at a time and the result was when the Customs lady said " Next week you will receive a letter with your new number on it " That made it all worth while.

If your friend wants any help or advice just PM me and if i can be of help or save him money with an agent then i will.

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Well done Peter.
Shelby see here for Camaras and Customs office
http://www.dgaiec.min-financas.pt/pt/in ... res_06.htm

Bernie, think your ok ownership is main issue i.e. min 12 months,
this is quote from DGAIEC on residence
"For purposes of calculating the period of 12 months twelve months of residence in situations where the country from establishing residence restrictions, and the residence was secured by non-consecutive periods, count the total time spent in the country based on certificate issued by the consular authority, each period may not be less than 183 days per calendar year. "
but you obviously need to check, the Customs at V do Castello are very helpful


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Peter,

Well done and thank you for laying it all out so clearly. We plan to bring our car from Canada and I was planning on using an agent, but you've changed my mind. I'm going to cut and paste your post into my check list. Your hint about taking all documents and having extra copies is very wise.


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