CNH do Brasil will be valid for Brazilian citizens living in Portugal, according to a decision announced by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the Portuguese head of state.
The measure was announced on Wednesday (6) and also includes drivers from the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) and others from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) who do not yet enjoy the benefits, reports the Express newspaper.
The decision will still be published in the official newspaper of Portugal, Diario da Republica.
Among the recipient countries are, in addition to Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor, as well as nationals from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia and South Korea. Costa Rica, United States, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland and Turkey.
Drivers can use the document issued in the country of origin until the end of its validity. Next, you will need to switch to the Portuguese version.
Before the decision, only citizens of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein could live in Portugal and drive with a document issued in their country of origin.
In those three months, it was possible to drive with the Brazilian document. After this period, Brazilians had up to two years to request an exchange for a valid Portugal license, but they were no longer allowed to drive according to local legislation.
In order to gain access to the valid document, it was necessary to pay about 30 euros and undergo a medical evaluation. Two years later, it was necessary to renovate in the traditional way, which required a new test drive.
Brazilians who stay in Portugal for up to 185 days, as tourists, do not have to deal with document changes, and can drive normally.
Despite the reduction of bureaucracy, the Institute of Mobility and Transport (IMT), the body responsible for issuing a driver’s license in Portugal, faces challenges, above all, with the exchange of documents for foreigners.
According to Público, another media outlet in the country, the waiting list for pending documents, in February of this year, reached the mark of 18,000 units, largely due to the Covid-19 epidemic, increased requests and a lack of digitization of documents. systems.
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