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Scooter License

Post Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:22 am

Hi all,

Since I don’t have a drivers license I want to get a scooter license. I’m planning on buying a 50 cc scooter (Piaggio Ape) to get around, so nothing heavy.
I read that this is quite simple; they test your knowledge of the portugese roads en you answer a few questions. Is this correct?
Also; I don’t have residency (I’m from Holland) but I am living here most of the year. Is it even possible to get a license as a non-resident? I do have a NIF Smile


Re: Scooter License

Post Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:55 am

Driving licence test in Portugal

If you had a drivers licence you could ride a scooter up to 125cc but as you do not have a drivers licence you will have to take a driving test to obtain one and as you are not a resident I am not sure if you would be allowed to obtain a PT licence. Best you check with a driving school or IMTT

Theoretical – 30 questions in 35 minutes (Passing mark: 27 out of 30)
Technical exam – 50 minutes
Practical driving exam – 40-50 minutes with instructor and examiner present.

Prior to taking the driving exam, you’ll need to take at least 32 hours of lessons at a driving school and have passed the theoretical part of the test. Before you enrol with a driving school, make sure it is a government-licensed driving centre. Choose from a list of certified driving schools across Portugal.

Once you have completed your course with a driving school, you can apply for a registration form for a driving licence and the practical driving exam.

If you don’t speak Portuguese, your Embassy may accredit an interpreter, who will be allowed to attend your exam and translate the driver licence test in Portuguese.

Older drivers in Portugal need to undergo medical and psychological examinations when renewing the validity of their Portuguese driving licence at ages 50, 60, 65 and 70, and drivers older than 70 must take a revalidation test.


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Re: Scooter License

Post Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:05 am

Thank you for your reply. I think this is a different license. I mean the one for tractors and scooters with a max of 50 cc. If I am correct you are talking about the normal one, right?


Re: Scooter License

Post Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:12 am

If you have a licence to drive a car then you can ride a scooter/motorbike up to 125cc. If you have no licence at all then you will need to take a driving test either on a scooter or in a car. As I have already suggested ask at a driving school and mention the fact that you do not have residency.


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