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MickUK
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Hi, and feliz Ano Novo to all. I hope this is the right sub-forum. It's more "red tape" than "transport" really!

I'm due for renewal on this next month so I need to get this sorted. I'm near Coimbra so I'll go to the IMT office there. I've a rough idea of how the office operates from when I converted my UK driving licence, but this is the first two-year renewal I've had to do.

My question is, what's the order of procedure? Do I need to get the application form, then the medical certificate, then re-visit IMT for the final revalidation? Or can I get the medical certificate first, in advance, thereby just requiring one IMT visit taking the medical certificate with me?

Walk-thru assistance appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Mick.

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topmast
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Hi,
We use a local driving school who deals with it rather than us having to go to Santarem.
However, the process must be the same.
We go to our GP and they print out the form and the doctor fills it in. We´d been told
we needed an eye test, but our GP signed anyway! You, of course, might need one. We got the photos needed and took them, the med. form and present driving licence & passport to the d. school.
Paid the fee (incl. the Santarem one) and she gave us a signed/stamped form to show the
Police as she kept the d. licence. She then went to Sant. and sorted it all. The new d. licence came back to our house direct from Santarem. If it didn´t arrive before our bit of paper expired, we could return to the school and she would do a renewal.
Total cost was about €50, but worth it to us to save the hassle. You, of course can do it
yourself as you are near the IMT office.
Let us know how you get on.

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MickUK
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Hi, and thanks for the reply + info.

I think the IMT office will do the photos using their PC and camera as it's what they did when I converted my UK licence.

Other info I've since received suggests that the GP does the med form online; does (or arranges for) any examinations needed, then sends it back, again online.

In any case I'll go to the health centre on Monday and try to find out exactly what the procedure is. I'll use Coimbra IMT as I'm only half an hour's drive away and it'll probably be the quickest way.

Thanks again!
Mick.

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alan
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True. Go to the doctor, who will send the report to IMT online. Then go to Coimbra who will already have your health report. If your appearance has changed they may take a new photo. They will issue you a temporary A4 license (only valid in Portugal), and the new plastic card will be posted to you within a couple of days.

In theory you could go to your local Câmera, but they can not do it on the spot if you have a foreigner´s residence certificate, as unlike a Portuguese citizen's identity card, for some reason they can not check this on their system, and have to contact some other office. They say this would take a few days.

Alan

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MickUK
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Thanks Alan. I went to the health centre and made an appointment with my doc. I'll have to wait a couple of weeks to see my own GP, but there's time and they seemed to know what the drill is so it should all go through smoothly.
Mick.

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