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Registering driving licence

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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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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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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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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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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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