Legalisation of vehicles

On this page you will find information on the legalisation process of vehicles imported into Portugal. Vehicles with foreign registration are not allowed to circulate in Portugal. The import process should start as soon as the vehicle enters Portuguese territory and it is intended to circulate with it in this territory. The legalisation of vehicles requires the payment of certain fees and taxes.

General considerations

The process of legalising vehicles is carried out in several steps, which must be completed within the legal deadlines. Below we will briefly explain each mandatory step that should be followed in chronological order. In this brief summary you will find information on the deadlines, the time required, the necessary documents and the charges due.

We are available to assist you with the entire process or, alternatively, only in some procedures. In the latter case, you should contact us to request a quote for the procedure that you require our assistance.

Description of the Procedures

The Portuguese homologation number of the vehicle should be requested by e-mail from the Institute for Mobility and Transport. This procedure should be carried out within the first 20 days after the vehicle enters Portugal.

The following documents should be submitted:

– Model 9

– Certificate of conformity (COC)

– Identification vehicle document issued in the country of origin

– Vehicle owner’s identification document.

The Portuguese homologation number will be available within a few days.

An inspection of the vehicle is mandatory, which should be performed at an authorized inspection center. This centre will issue the Model 112 – Inspection Certificate. This procedure must be carried out within the first 20 days after the vehicle’s entry into Portugal (it may be carried out at the same time as the Portuguese homologation number is requested).

Documents required to present at the inspection:

– Identification vehicle document issued in the country of origin

– IMT Model 9

– Certificate of conformity (COC)or Portuguese homologation number

The inspection costs approximately 80 Euros.

The DAV must be delivered through the website of the Tax and Customs Authorities within 20 working days after the vehicle enters Portugal (or within 10 working days after the end of the admission or temporary importation regimes).

Together with the submission of the DAV you must submit copies of the following documents:

– Identification document

– Portuguese tax number

– Driving Licence of the owner of the vehicle

– Invoice of purchase or declaration of sale of the vehicle

– Vehicle identification document issued in the country of origin

– Portuguese homologation number

– Model 112 – Inspection Certificate

Following the delivery of the DAV, the ISV liquidation note will be issued. If the DAV is delivered through the Portuguese Tax Authorities’ website, you must request the issue of the ISV tax assessment on the referred website. The ISV must be paid within 10 days of the issue of the DAV and the settlement note.

It should be noted that there is currently the possibility of requesting, as an alternative, the evaluation method to calculate the ISV. The application for the valuation method will be examined by customs and, in certain cases, the vehicle will be required to be inspected by the customs authorities. The application for the valuation method is subject to the prior payment of a variable fee between 150 Euros and 300 Euros (depending on whether the physical inspection of the vehicle is required).

Only vehicles purchased less than 6 months ago or with less than 6 thousand kilometers are subject to VAT.

The ISV Code provides for certain situations to be exempt from ISV. One of the most relevant exemptions from ISV applies to vehicles imported by taxable persons changing their residence to Portugal. The following conditions must be fulfilled:

– The owner must be over 18 years old

– The owner lived in the country of origin for at least 6 months before transferring residence to Portugal

– The owner acquired the vehicle in the country of origin at least 6 months before the transfer of residence

– The application must be made no later than 12 months after the change of residence to Portugal.

The application for exemption from the ISV is to be submitted together with the DAV and the following documents must be submitted for that purpose:

– Form 1460.1

– Official certificate of residence of the country of origin, stating the registration as resident in that country and the date of commencement and cancellation of that residence

– Document of daily life which certifies residence in the country of origin (receipts for household income, water consumption, electricity, pay slips, employment contract, etc.)

– Consent to consult the tax and contributory situation, or certificate attesting to the tax and contributory situation regularized

– Proof of legal residence permit in Portugal (for more information please see here) or EU Citizen Registration Certificate (for more information please see here).

After payment of the ISV (or exemption from tax), a national number plate printed on the DAV is issued (normally after payment to customs it may take up to 5 working days to issue the number plate).

Within 60 days of the date of granting the national registration at the DAV, the owner must apply for the certificate of registration at the IMT – the Vehicle Identification Document – by submitting the following documents:

– Identification document of the owner;

– Model 9;

– Certificate of Conformity (if applicable) or Portuguese Homologation Number

– Vehicle Identification Document from the country of origin


– Model 112 – Inspection Certificate

An application for a registration certificate is subject to the payment of a fee of 45 Euros.

As a general rule, the registration certificate is issued within 48 hours. Please note that it is currently necessary to make an appointment in advance with the IMT.

The owner must also purchase a registration plate in a house authorised for this purpose (normally the cost of this plate is approximately 20 Euros).

Vehicle insurance is compulsory in Portugal.

Within the same period of 60 days after the date of issue of the Portuguese plate number, it is necessary to request the car registration in order to obtain the Portuguese Vehicle Identification Document after the IMT has issued the plate certificate.

This registration costs approximately 55 Euros (if requested online, but if requested within more than 60 days the registration fee will be approximately 130 Euros).

The IUC is due annually in the month of registration. However, it is also due at the time of registration. The document for payment of the IUC will be issued in the vehicle’s owner personal area of the Portuguese Tax Authorities’ website. As a general rule, IUC must be paid within 90 days from the date the national plate number is attributed.

Our Fees

Les redevances sont soumises à la TVA au taux de 23% (en plus des montants indiqués). Pour plus d’informations sur la manière de louer nos services – ici.


For the legalization process of the vehicle

EUR 350 (if it is necessary to request the COC, the value of the fees will be reviewed accordingly)


For the process of legalising the vehicle with a request for exemption from vehicle tax

EUR 400


For the request of registration in the Portuguese tax authorities’ website and apply for a access password (urgent)

EUR 75

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