How to request my Portuguese birth certificate with us
Request your Portuguese birth certificate remotely
ConvenientAll the necessary procedures can be accomplished seamlessly from where you are now.
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Useful information about the Portuguese birth certificate
What exactly is a birth certificate?
A birth certificate is an official document that confirms a person’s birth. In Portugal, it’s an important document that can be required in official procedures and administrative procedures requiring proof of a person’s identity and existence, such as registering a marriage, gaining access to social security benefits, and applying for a passport.
A birth certificate can also be necessary when engaging in some official transactions in Portugal. For instance, if you were born in Portugal but hold citizenship of a different country and want to apply for Portuguese nationality or a tax number (NIF), you’d have to present your birth certificate.
Meanwhile, non-citizens who were born in Portugal might need it for specific legal or administrative purposes such as claiming inheritance or applying for residence permits based on birthplace.
A Portuguese birth certificate includes the following details:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Full names of both parents
- Date of birth and nationality of each parent
Let’s examine where and how you can obtain your Portuguese birth certificate.
Can I use a Portuguese birth certificate abroad?
The recognition of your Portuguese birth certificate outside of Portugal depends on the destination and its specific requirements. Within the European Union, the certificate typically serves as sufficient identification for basic tasks.
For countries outside the EU, additional validation may be necessary.
Obtaining apostille and legalisation services from the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs can authenticate your certificate, making it acceptable for countries that are members of the Hague Convention.
For other nations, it is advisable to check their individual requirements, which may include translations or embassy legalization. It is important to note that the international validity of your birth certificate may vary depending on the destination.
How can I replace a lost original birth certificate?
Whether you were born in Portugal or abroad, replacing a lost original birth certificate begins with determining which issuing entity you are to apply for. If you were born and still reside in Portugal, an online application with a Citizen Card is an option, or you can visit a civil registry office, Citizen Shop, or IRN Espaço Registos. If your birthplace is outside Portugal, contact the consulate general or embassy of that country for specific guidance.
Once you know where to apply, gathering the requested documents is crucial. Proof of identity such as a passport or ID, a completed application form, and sometimes a police report documenting the loss are common requirements. Depending on your circumstances, additional documents like proof of residency or citizenship might be necessary. With everything prepared, submit your application online (where available) or in person, paying any applicable processing fees. Finally, your replacement will arrive – a certified copy that holds the same legal weight as your original birth certificate.
Is it possible to request a Portugal birth certificate online?
Yes, it is possible to apply for a Portugal birth certificate online. If you apply via our website, you will just need to fill out some simple personal information and contact details, and we will complete the process for you.
If you request a birth certificate online via the Civil Online website, you can log in through authentication with a digital mobile key or a Citizen Card and submit your application. If your application is approved, you’ll receive an access code that allows you to view the certificate. Note that the online birth certificate you receive this way will only be accessible for six months with the access code.
Where can you procure a birth certificate in Portugal?
In the past, obtaining a birth certificate required a physical visit to Portugal. However, now it is feasible to request a Portuguese birth certificate online, completely remotely.
There are companies that can handle the application on your behalf. As a result, you can receive your birth certificate via email, in PDF format, without the need to be physically present in Portugal.
FAQs about Portugal birth certificates
Why do I need a Portuguese birth certificate?
You could need it for many official procedures; for example, you need one to request a NIF if you’re born in Portugal or you have Portuguese nationality. Without it, you can’t request a NIF, if you are Portuguese. You may also need it during a Portuguese citizenship application or to obtain a Portuguese passport.
Do I need a Portuguese birth certificate to get a NIF?
You don’t need a Portuguese birth certificate to get a NIF if you’re not of Portuguese nationality, or not born in Portugal.
How long does it take to get my Portuguese birth certificate?
Usually, it takes between 5 and 10 days. However, there can be delays in Portuguese administration, and we have tried to factor these delays into our estimated waiting times.
How do I receive my Portuguese birth certificate?
For you, it will be completely online. We take care of everything, and you will receive your Portuguese birth certificate through email as a PDF.
Are there any fees associated with obtaining a Portuguese birth certificate?
Yes, there are fees to apply for a Portuguese birth certificate. To apply for an online birth certificate, the fee is €10. To apply for a paper birth certificate, the fee is €10 if it's for family allowance or social security purposes. For other purposes, a paper birth certificate costs €10. In certain circumstances, such as adoption processes or legal support purposes, both online birth certificates and paper birth certificates are free. If you apply for a Portuguese birth certificate through our website, we will take off the entire process once you've provided your contact details as well as some basic information. The cost for this service is €99. For applications from EU countries, standard VAT rates are applicable.
What information is included on a Portuguese birth certificate?
A Portuguese birth certificate includes various details, such as your full name, date and place of birth, alongside your unique National Register Identification Number. In terms of lineage, it details your parents' names, nationalities, and even professions (in older versions).
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