Why carry an IDP while driving in Portugal?

Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world – it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit.

It translates your identification information into 12 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. Portugal highly recommends an International Driving Permit.

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Driving Rules in Portugal

Explore Portugal through your own car and experience medieval castles, great food and beautiful beaches. The road connections and traffic are great. These are some of the tips to ensure you enjoy your stay.

Important Reminders:

  • Use right-hand drive vehicles.
  • Minimum age to drive is 18 years old. Minimum age to rent a car is 23 years old.
  • Seat belt is a must.
  • Hands-free is a must. Keep your phone away unless it is hands-free.
  • Drink moderately. Permitted alcohol level is 50 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • Speed limit for cars is 50 km/h in urban areas and 120 km/h in highways.
  • Safety camera warning device is not allowed.
  • Give way to cars flashing their lights.
  • Do not throw your trash out of the window. You will be fined!
  • Be sure to have early warning device, reflective vest and first aid kit in your car.

Driving in the Winter

Winter in Portugal is tolerable. You are most likely to experience hot weather than snows and rains. Just be sure to have emergency kits in your vehicle and you will be fine.

Enjoy your trip and have safe travel!

How to get your IDP

We’ve streamlined the application process down by creating a platform that guides you so you know exactly what you’ll need to successfully complete your application

1. Apply Online

Start your application for International Driver's License here.​​

2. Upload Photos

Make sure to upload an updated photo and with the correct parameters.​

3. Get approved

Wait for your confirmation and you are ready to go!​

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Get an International Driver's Permit for $49

+ International Replacement

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