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Finding your dream LHD car in Portugal has never been easier!

The Portuguese second-hand car market can be tricky, with limited options and potentially high costs for imported vehicles. That's where MY LHD CAR PORTUGAL comes in.

Why choose us?

  • Hassle-free importing and registration: We simplify the complex process for you, guiding you through every step to get your LHD car legally registered in Portugal.

  • Extensive selection: We offer a wide range of LHD cars, both on UK and Portuguese plates, with access to thousands more across Europe.

Relax! You can use your foreign-registered car without registering it, as long as:

  • It's in your name (not a resident's).

  • You brought and drive it yourself.

  • It's for personal use only.

Staying longer or becoming a resident?

Registration is required. Here's a simplified overview:

Before You Start:

  • Get a residency card (if staying long-term).

  • Ensure your car meets Portuguese standards (homologation).

Documents to Gather:

  • Vehicle registration documents from your home country.

  • Proof of purchase with tax paid.

  • Inspection certificate (homologation).

  • Certificate of conformity (COC).

  • Roadworthiness certificate (IPO).

  • Your driver's license.

  • Proof of identity and residence in Portugal.

  • Tax identification card and tax returns.

The Registration Process:

  1. Visit the customs office and IMTT.

  2. Pay import duty (used cars only) if not paid in the EU before.

  3. Pay VAT (new cars only) if not paid before.

  4. Submit your documents and application.

  5. Get a temporary permit while your application is processed (optional).

Non-EU Vehicles:

The process is similar, but with additional steps:

  1. Apply for a change in license plate application.

  2. Complete circulation and vehicle information forms.

  3. Get your car inspected (IPO).

  4. Register at the IRN for the DUA and get new license plates.


  • This is a simplified overview. Check with the IMTT for specific details and current requirements.

  • The process can be complex, so consider seeking professional assistance.

Import Tax Exemption for first time Residents

Individuals relocating to Portugal who owned a vehicle abroad may be eligible for an exemption from Import Tax on Vehicles (ISV), customs duties, and VAT. This benefit allows for duty-free importation of one vehicle per person every ten years.

Conditions of the Exemption

  • The vehicle must have been owned by the applicant for at least six months prior to relocation.
  • The applicant must have resided in their previous country for at least 12 months before canceling their residency.
  • The applicant cannot have had any income (work) in Portugal prior to canceling their residency in the previous country.
  • Once registered in Portugal, the vehicle cannot be sold or transferred ownership for a period of one year. During this time, it can only be used by the applicant and their immediate family members.
  • The application for the exemption must be submitted to customs within 12 months of canceling residency in the previous country.

Benefits of the Exemption

This exemption can offer significant financial savings for individuals relocating to Portugal with their own vehicle. It simplifies the import process and reduces the upfront costs associated with vehicle registration. Disclaimer: This information is for general guidance only and does not constitute legal advice. It is recommended to consult with a tax professional or customs agent for specific details and eligibility requirements.

With this guide and the necessary documents, registering your car in Portugal will be a breeze!

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