Registering a death in Portugal



Civil Registry applications are experiencing a backlog due to high volume of service. Therefore and in accordance with the principles of legality, equality and impartiality (articles 3rd, 6th and 9th of the Portuguese Administrative Procedural Code) it was determined that applications will be answered on a first come first served basis. As such, upon arrival, they will be numbered, by date and time, regardless of the quality of the applicant or its representative.




casaConsulate at Home (Post Mail)


Required documents:

  • Original of the full death certificate of the deceased;
  • Full birth certificate of the deceased
    • (If from outside Portugal or USA, it must be authenticated by the local Portuguese Consulate of that third country; if not in English or Portuguese, it must also be translated and the translation authenticated as well);
  • Marriage certificate of the deceased, if the deceased had been married or widowed;
    • If the deceased had been married, full birth certificate of the surviving spouse;
  • Cover letter explaining the service you require and your contacts (email and cellphone number)
  • Self-addressed postmarked envelope.

 The United States is party to the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, therefore in order to be valid in Portugal, public USA documents must be certified with the Apostille of the Secretary of State of the State where the document is issued.


  • IMPORTANT: Make sure you send all of the required documents. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and will be returned.



  • Free