How to replace your Ukrainian driving license with the Portuguese one and not to waste too much time?

We have prepared for you a simple step-by-step instruction:

  • Need a medical certificate:
  1. You can get it online at . It costs 49,99 euros.
  2. You can order a certificate online from almost any doctor who has access to the state platform (our expert, Mariia Melnikova, for example, makes such a certificate for 35 euros, not 50, as the Portuguese clinics online).
  3. The site, which used to be able to get such a certificate, is already closed – it was a volunteer project, closed in June 2022; before that managed to respond to more than 1,000 appeals, including with the registration of driver’s licenses.

We also have some secret free options for you to get a medical certificate:
4. Go to the polyclinic where you live (Saude); they also provide certificates for free.
Important point: at this stage you may be asked for a certificate from an ophthalmologist. You can get it for free at the nearest optical shop, but you will have to wait in a hospital line.

Medical certificate
  • The next step is to fill out the form on the IMT (Instituto da Mobilidade e dos Transportes, I.P.) website and attach your passport, document from SEF, driver’s license and a pdf-medical certificate.
    If you fill out the form incorrectly or forget to attach a document, you will receive an email telling you exactly what you need to send.
  • Wait for an invitation from IMT to get your temporary driver’s license. The message will include the date, time and ticket code. They promise to send the plastic ID in the mail.
Invitation from IMT
  • At the appointed time you need to come to the IMT (you will get the address in the invitation), have all your original documents with you: passport, driving license, medical certificate and document from SEF.
    Sometimes you can get the document you want quickly, but on average be prepared to spend 4-6 hours on this trip, because there are so many people, and the staff does not have time to serve everyone by appointment. A sheet of A4 paper that will serve as your temporary driving license until you get the plastic is valid for 6 months, but some Ukrainians get them quickly enough – in 2-3 weeks.
    If within 6 months you are not issued with a plastic license, you must apply again to the IMT: you will be issued a new temporary license, and find out the reason for the error the first time.
Temporary driver’s licence
  • Attention! If you are planning to travel outside Portugal and have not yet received a plastic licence, you should contact the IMT to obtain a temporary international licence.

If you find the above described route too complicated, you can contact, an organization that provides a replacement driver’s license service.

If you live in Lisbon, you can visit the IMT in person:
Address: Av. Elias Garcia 103, 1050-098 Lisboa, Portugal
IMT – Instituto da Mobilidade e dos Transportes, I.P.

At the entrance you must take a ticket and wait your turn, the information will be on the board.

All documents must be in your possession in paper form and not electronically. Take care that the document from the SEF is physical, print it out in advance.

We hope that the information is useful to you and look forward to the change in the Law regarding “visa-free” travel – in which the European Union will recognize the Ukrainian driver’s license, and there will be no need to change it for the local one!