Vehicles of Historic Interest Certification

Member of FIVA and with over 60 years of experience in classic vehicles, the Museu do Caramulo, through the Fundação Abel e João de Lacerda, is an officially recognized entity, by Order 10 298/2001, of 17/05, of the Portuguese Road Traffic Authority (DGV), to Certify Vehicles of Historic Interest.

Classic Cars (30 years or older)
Exemption from Mandatory Periodic Inspection (IPO)
Classic car status with insurance companies in the event of a dispute
Allowed to drive in low-emission zones
Valid for: 4 to 10 years, according to production year (please check the chart below)
Cost: €75

Future Classics (20 to 29 years)
Future Classic status with the insurance companies in the event of a dispute
Allowed to drive in low-emission zones
Valid for: 4 years
Cost: €75


Certificate of Preservation and Originality
The Certificate of Vehicle of Historic Interest may attest to the quality of preservation and originality of a vehicle, recognising it as a Classic or Future Classic, namely with insurance companies in case of a dispute, and allowing it to be driven in low-emission zones.

Exemption from Mandatory Periodic Inspection (IPO)
During the validity period of the certification, all vehicles certified as vehicles of historic interest are exempt from mandatory periodic inspection. Vehicles with at least 30 years of registration, of a model no longer manufactured, subject to historic preservation, in original condition and without significantly modified technical features are considered in this category.

Exemption from Single Circulation Tax (IUC)
All vehicles imported from an EU country with first registration prior to 1981 are exempt from IUC. All vehicles after 1981 can obtain an exemption from IUC provided they are certified as a Vehicle of Historic Interest and are at least 30 years old from the date of production.

Areas to check in certifications

Body – It should have no modifications and be well maintained, with no rust spots or dents. The paintwork, chrome, rubbers and glass areas should be in good condition, scratch-free and uniform in colour

Soft top – On convertible vehicles, the soft tops must be fully functional and without tears or any other type of deterioration

Upholstery – The upholstery and interior padding must be in good condition, without tears and made of materials that match the model

Instrument panel – everything must be original, in good working order and in proper condition (cleaned on the inside)

Windshield wiper – The whole system must be in perfect working condition and the wiper blades must be capable of removing water from the windshield

Lighting – The headlamps and taillights must be period correct, of proper brand, in perfect working order and equal to each other when in pairs. In case of older vehicles, additional turning signals may be fitted, provided they do not damage the structure of the vehicle

Chassis – The chassis must be clean and well maintained

Suspension – The suspension system should work properly and be original

Wheels – Special wheels may be fitted provided they are period correct (e.g. Minilite wheels). They must be in good condition, with the respective hub/center caps, when applicable, the tyres must comply with the measurements stated in the documentation and must be of the same size and make as each other

Steering – The steering wheel must be original or a period correct option, and should have no play

Brakes – The brakes should be in perfect working condition and fully efficient

Engine – The engine should be in good condition, clean, without any oil leaks, without excessive noise or excessive smoke emissions

Fuel System – The fuel system should be the original one

Transmission – The transmission should be kept clean, lubricated and well maintained

Electrical system – The electrical system should be the original one

Other – All options fitted to the car, such as radios, additional headlights, antennas, etc, should be period correct.

Additional elements may be requested should there be any doubts as to the conditions of the vehicle to be certified.

Price Table

Classics (over 30 years) and Future Classics (beteween 20 and 29 years) – € 75,00
Renovations (vehicles) – € 75,00
Motorcycles – € 45,00
Renovations (motorcycles) – € 45,00

Declaration of Period License Plates (Private owners) – € 120,00
Declaration of Period License Plates (Clubs/ Club Associates) – € 100,00
Declaration for IUC purposes (Private owners) – € 30,00
Declaration for IUC purposes (Clubs/ Club Associates) – € 25,00
For IUC purposes it is only necessary for vehicles imported outside the European Union.

Certification Plate (customized with vehicle data) – € 25,00
Certificate Reissue – € 20,00
Museum Friends – Discount of € 5 on the values of the table.



13th – Aveiro, Guimarães, Leiria and Lisboa
20th – Porto and Viseu
27th – Vila Real and Lisboa

3rd – Portalegre and Estremoz, Guarda and Covilhã
10th – Aveiro, Évora and Funchal
17th  – Algarve, Bragança, Castelo Branco, Lisboa and Porto
24th – Braga, Chaves and Coimbra

2nd – Lisboa
9th – Aveiro, Leiria, Porto and Tomar
16th – Guimarães, Rio Maior and Caldas da Rainha
23rd – Lisboa and Viana do Castelo

6th – Lisboa
13th – Algarve, Aveiro, Coimbra and Funchal
20th – Braga, Vila Real, Porto and Viseu
27th – Lisboa

4th – Guarda and Covilhã
11th – Bragança, Évora and Lisboa
18th – Aveiro, Guimarães and Castelo Branco
25th – Chaves, Leiria, Lisboa and Porto

1st – Algarve, Braga, Rio Maior and Caldas da Rainha
15th – Aveiro, Funchal, Lisboa and Porto
22nd – Coimbra, Portalegre, Estremoz and Viana do Castelo
29th – Lisboa

6th – Bragança, Tomar and Viseu
13rd – Aveiro, Lisboa and Porto
20th – Algarve, Guimarães and Leiria
24th – Vila Real
27th – Lisboa

3rd – Funchal and Porto
10th – Braga, Évora, Funchal and Lisboa
17th – Aveiro, Castelo Branco and Coimbra
24th – Chaves and Lisboa

14th – Guimarães, Lisboa and Porto
21st – Algarve, Aveiro, Leiria, Rio Maior, Caldas da Rainha and Viseu
28th – Guarda, Covilhã and Lisboa

2nd – Funchal
12th – Braga, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Lisboa and Porto
19th – Aveiro
26th – Vila Real, Lisboa, Portalegre, Estremoz and Viana do Castelo

2nd – Viseu
9th – Lisboa and Porto
16th – Aveiro, Guimarães, Évora and Tomar
23rd – Algarve and Bragança
30th – Chaves and Lisboa

7th – Braga, Funchal, Guarda, Covilhã, Lisboa and Porto
14th – Aveiro, Coimbra and Leiria
21st – Portalegre, Estremoz, Rio Maior and Caldas da Rainha

Validity of certifications

Vehicles produced until 1918 – 10 years

Vehicles produced from 1919 to 1945 – 8 years

Vehicles produced from 1946 to 1959 – 6 years

Vehicles produced after 1960 – 4 years

Vehicles with less than 30 years (Future Classics) – 2 years


Telephone +351 232 861 270

Cellphone +351 910 931 915

Certifications can be made at Museu do Caramulo or other places, under appointment.