The registration certificate is mandatory for EU citizens intending to stay in Portugal for longer than 3 months. To make your registration in Portugal, you only have to apply for a Certificate of Registration of Citizen. Besides EU citizens, the Certificate of Registration of Citizen of the European Union could be requested by any citizen of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Andorra and Switzerland.
After 3 months in Portugal, citizens must apply for a certificate within the next 30 days.
The request can be made at the City Council of the residence, in person, by completing a compliance statement and valid identification document such as a passport.
Certificates are issued for a maximum of 5 years from the issue date.
The application can also be made by a lawyer as long as he has the necessary powers to act on your behalf. [If you need any help, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org].
You may only apply for renewal of the certificate upon expiry of the validity period is shorter than the period legally established for this purpose, up to a maximum of 5 years.
After this period, you must submit an application for a residence permit to the Immigration and Borders Service.
You may also request the changing of data, such as name and address.
The previous certificate must be returned to the City Council.
In case of loss or theft, you should contact the Public Security Police (PSP) in advance to obtain the respective statement.
If the certificate number is no longer visible due to deterioration, you should contact the Public Security Police (PSP) in advance to obtain the respective statement. Otherwise, the previous certificate (original) must be returned to the City Council.
The original certificate must be cancelled and returned to the City Council before the end of the respective expiry date should the citizen leave the country permanently.
Failure to comply with this requirement may preclude the issuing of a new certificate.