Get your Portugal passport + citizen card (ID)

in Portugal or on the Embassy from your country?

To receive a Portuguese passport and citizen card (Cartão de Cidadão), you must first be a Portuguese citizen. If you are not already a citizen of Portugal, you will either need to go through the process of naturalization or demonstrate that you have a qualifying relationship to the country. Some examples of qualifying connections include descent, marriage, and adoption.

Everyone who lives in Portugal is required to have a Portuguese Citizen Card, which may be used as a form of identity. 

Get your Portugal passport + citizen card (ID)

Get your Portugal passport + citizen card (ID) in Portugal or on the Embassy from your country?



In Portugal:

Get the ID (Cartão de Cidadão) card first:

  • Schedule an appointment: Contact the Portuguese civil register office in Portugal to schedule an appointment at the location that is most convenient for you. (If you are currently outside of Portugal, the closest Portuguese embassy should be able to assist you.)
  • Prepare needed documents: Collect the required paperwork, which may contain the following items:
  1. Birth certificate (if applicable)
  2. Valid identification document (e.g., national ID, passport)
  3. Proof of residency in Portugal or your current country of residence
  4. Payment for the associated fees
  • Attend the appointment: Bring all required documents to your appointment, where your fingerprints, photo, and signature will be collected.
  • Receive the Cartão de Cidadão: After your application is processed and approved, you will receive your citizen card by mail or in-person.

Apply for a Portuguese Passport:

Once you obtain your Cartão de Cidadão, you may apply for a Portuguese passport. Proceed in the following manner:

  • Make an appointment at the closest Passport Office (Servico de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras, SEF) in Portugal or at the nearest Portuguese embassy if you are currently located outside of Portugal. 
  • Prepare needed documents: Collect the appropriate paperwork, which in most cases comprise the following:
  • Your valid Portuguese Citizen Card (Cartão de Cidadão)
  • Payment for the associated fees

Please show up for the appointment: Bring all of the necessary paperwork with you to your appointment, where we will take your fingerprints, picture, and signature.

d. Get the Portuguese Passport: Once your application has been completed and accepted, you will either get your passport in the mail or in person, depending on which option you choose.


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