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Re: IMTT office faro

Post Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:52 pm

- Jetlagged

My problem is a little different. If it comes to a 'No deal' situation, I will be amongst those wishing to exchange my licence.


Because?

 

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Re: IMTT office faro

Post Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:31 am

We have decided to register our licences for now & see what happens after brexit if we have to exchange them after brexit then that's what we will do. We are going on Monday will try find out any info if we can, will post what we find out if anything.

 

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Re: IMTT office faro

Post Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:33 am

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- Jetlagged

My problem is a little different. If it comes to a 'No deal' situation, I will be amongst those wishing to exchange my licence.


Because?



Thanks for reining me in there Colonel. I had misunderstood the situation and forgotten the information in your previous post.

It seems I do have a different problem though in relation to my upcoming car hire in Malta. Referring back to the UK Gov website, they do state that, "If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019, you might need an IDP to drive in all EU and European Economic Area (EEA) countries, apart from Ireland." I'm due to return my hire car on 30th, so I'll have to hope they are not up to speed on the new regs if we do go down the 'No deal' route.

 

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:32 pm

Yes, you appear to be stymied on that one for the time being, I'm afraid.

You can't get an international driving permit for the UK licence as you're no longer resident in the UK and even if you were to request an exchange now, there's pretty much zero chance of getting a PT licence issued pronto. The substitute document they issue when you apply and surrender your UK licence is only valid here and even if they return your UK licence to you temporarily (as I have heard can be arranged for the purposes of driving abroad while you wait), you're back to square one if the Maltese authorities are going to insist on a IDP.

Perhaps if it goes on looking like no deal is possible beyond next week, there might be a flurry of announcements clarifying the situation. I wouldn't have thought a country like Malta would want to potentially damage their tourism sector over a small matter like this and the UK has already said all EU licences will be valid for use in the UK without any further documentation.

 

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Re: IMTT office faro

Post Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:59 pm

Thanks Colonel. If it comes to it, we can always hand the car back on 29th and get a bus back to the airport next morning. No big deal really.

 

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Re: IMTT office faro

Post Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:50 pm

Hi as promised here is how our day went with the IMT, we got there about 08.45 & we were 23rd in line & we got seen at about 14.30 it only took 15 mins to sort registering our licences out but took almost all day to get 15 mins my advice is to get there as early as you can & have all your info ready as in photocopies, we unfortunately didn't have everything photocopied so had to go & get them done then go back with them, here is a list of what we needed
1) photocopies of card driving licence front & back
2) photocopies of passports main page
3) photocopies of residency papers
4) IMT 13 papers filled & signed
5) original card driving licence as they copied the number of the licence
My partner had a Portuguese only speaking woman who had no time for someone who only spoke a little Portuguese so was very rude to her & dismissed her my partner got very stressed over that & I was helpless to do anything to help her, the lady I seen sorted her out eventually.
It can be a stressful experience, I hope this helps anyone else who is about to go through this be prepared it's a long day.
If anyone tells you to go to the markets in faro to get you licence don't bother we went & they don't do regestring uk licences it has to be the IMT.

 

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Re: IMTT office faro

Post Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:30 am

Hayden I'm really sorry to hear of your experience in Faro. No wonder they have such a long queue!

Not that we should need it by now, but this is evidence yet again, how different offices of the same department apply the rules in their own way. My own experience in Coimbra when I first registered could not have been more different. For me, from entering the building to leaving with my exchange document in hand, I spent no more than 20 minutes and was asked for my UK licence and residency card. The renewal took longer while they argued amongst themselves whether renewals were permitted or not.

I'm intrigued. What do you mean by, "Go to the markets to get your licence?"

 

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