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Issuing a Portuguese ID Card (Citizen's Card)

 

How: 

 

Presencial ConsuladoAppointment (In-person at the Consulate)

Permanência ConsularAppointment (In-person during the Consular Visit)

 

Required documents:

Renewal:

  • ID/Citizen's Card to be renewed;
  • 1 (one) Passport-type photo (for our files) - small size but exact measurements unimportant;
  • Payment with cash or check (credit or debit cards not accepted) - see below.

First time, loss or theft:

  • Two identification documents;
  • 1 (one) Passport-type photo (for our files) - small size but exact measurements unimportant;
  • Payment with cash or check (credit or debit cards not accepted) - see below.

 

NOTES:

  • Only for Portuguese citizens (If you are not Portuguese, please check our page dedicated to Citizenship);
  • IMPORTANT: It is not possible to renew the ID/Citizen's Card and the Passport during the same appointment;
  • If 11 years of age or younger and both parents are not present at the Consulate, notarized authorization signed by both parents is mandatory;
  • Except for duly justified situations (including changes to your personal data), the ID Card may not be renewed until six months before the expiration date.

 

Fees:

  • Normal (1-2 months) – $21.31; Consular Visit: $24.52
  • Urgent (2 weeks) – $47.95; Consular Visit: $55.14
  • Minors younger than 6 years of age – $13.32; Consular Visit: $15.32

 

Issuing a Portuguese ID Card (Citizen's Card)

 

How: 

 

Presencial ConsuladoAppointment (In-person at the Consulate)

Permanência ConsularAppointment (In-person during the Consular Visit)

 

Required documents:

Renewal:

  • ID/Citizen's Card to be renewed;
  • 1 (one) Passport-type photo (for our files) - small size but exact measurements unimportant;
  • Payment with cash or check (credit or debit cards not accepted) - see below.

First time, loss or theft:

  • Two identification documents;
  • 1 (one) Passport-type photo (for our files) - small size but exact measurements unimportant;
  • Payment with cash or check (credit or debit cards not accepted) - see below.

 

NOTES:

  • Only for Portuguese citizens (If you are not Portuguese, please check our page dedicated to Citizenship);
  • IMPORTANT: It is not possible to renew the ID/Citizen's Card and the Passport during the same appointment;
  • If 11 years of age or younger and both parents are not present at the Consulate, notarized authorization signed by both parents is mandatory;
  • Except for duly justified situations (including changes to your personal data), the ID Card may not be renewed until six months before the expiration date.

 

Fees:

  • Normal (1-2 months) – $21.31; Consular Visit: $24.52
  • Urgent (2 weeks) – $47.95; Consular Visit: $55.14
  • Minors younger than 6 years of age – $13.32; Consular Visit: $15.32

 

What is the Citizen’s Card?

The Citizen's Card is the new multipurpose ID document for Portuguese Citizens, in a smart card format, with an integrated chip; the Card replaces the current existing identification documents:

  • ID card
  • Social Security Card
  • Fiscal Identification Card
  • National Health Service Card

What are the Citizen’s Card’s characteristics?

The Citizen’s Card allows for the visual and in-person identification of Portuguese citizens, as well as the electronic identification and authentication in computerized actions, showing:

At the front, the photo and civil identification elements;

At the back, the ID numbers of the different institutions which the card represents and replaces, an optical reading area and the chip, with digital certificates for electronic authentication and signature.

What are the functions of the Citizen’s Card?

The Citizen’s Card allows:

The citizen’s electronic authentication before both public and private services and utilities; sending personal identification information when in contact with the Portuguese Public Administration, or in transactions authorized by the citizen; the digital signing of documents, by using the necessary digital certificate, available in the card, which is equivalent to the written signature.

What are the documents required to request the Citizen's Card?

If available, the ID card and the Social Security, Tax and National Health Service ID's, as well as the voter’s card should be presented to the Consular services in order to request the Citizen’s Card.

Specific situations

Children under 12 years of age, presenting either the former ID Card or the Citizen's Card at the Consulate must always be accompanied

By both parents, with their respective identification documents or proof of Consular registration.

Children under 12 years of age, without their ID documents (either requesting the first one, or declaring it lost or stolen)

- Must be accompanied by both parents, with their respective identification documents or proof of Consular registration. Or by a third party, with the respective identification documents or proof of Consular registration, as well as with a document to prove, legally, his/her parental authority or custody.

Over 12 years of age, present the last ID document (ID Card or Citizen's Card) at the Consulate.

Over 12 years of age without identification documents (either requesting the first one, or declaring it lost or stolen) will have to either:

- Add complementary identification documentation (foreign ID document, Citizen's Card, driver’s license, passport or proof of Consular registration);

- Add two original documents (foreign ID document, Citizen’s Card, driver’s license, passport or proof of Consular registration) of two adult family members (father, mother, children, siblings, grandparents or spouse);

- Be accompanied by an adult family member (father, mother, siblings, grandparents or spouse), with their respective identification documents (ID or Citizen’s Card, driver’s license, passport or proof of Consular registration);

- Be accompanied by two witnesses, with their respective identification documents (ID or Citizen’s Card, driver’s license, passport or proof of Consular registration).

Person with diminished mental capacity, who does or does not present any identification documents must be accompanied:

- By an adult with his/her respective identification (ID or Citizen’s Card, driver’s license, passport or proof of Consular registration) as well as a document legally proving guardianship.

For how long is the citizen card valid?

The citizen’s card is valid for 5 years, however, in some exceptional circumstances, the validity may be different.

What is needed to pick up the citizen’s card

The applicant must present every identification card to be replaced by the Citizen’s Card.

The Citizen’s Card may only be picked up by the owner (or someone else, with a formal authorization), of any age, besides those under 12 years of age, who should be accompanied by who has parental authority or custody and respective identification (ID card, citizen’s card, driver’s license, passport or proof of Consular registration), after having received the letter with the card’s security PIN, sent by the services in Portugal to the address given when requesting the card.

It is possible to request the card in Portugal, and activating it at the Consulate post that fills those functions. The applicant must bring the letter received with the PIN number, and present it in order to pick up the citizen’s card, at which time the applicant will have to confirm and validate all information contained by the document.

The applicant has one year to pick up the Citizen’s Card, after having received the letter with the card’s security PIN. The activation of the electronic signature is only possible to those over the age of 16, as long as they have with them their Citizen’s Card.

Citizen card validity to travel over the Schengen space

The Citizen’s Card is the legal official identification document in Portugal, and in those countries where the current Identification Card serves that propose, thus being also used a travel document within the Schengen space.

More information

For further information, access the following website: www.cartaodecidadao.pt