Citizen Card in Portugal: Application Guide and Requirements

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What is it?

The Citizen Card is the official identification document in Portugal. It serves multiple purposes such as identity proof, taxpayer card, social security card, and health card.

Who needs it?

Any person who is a legal resident or citizen of Portugal, including children, immigrants, and individuals claiming citizenship through ancestry.


  1. Visit the local office of IRN (Instituto dos Registros e do Notariado)
  2. Submit a formal application with all necessary documents.
  3. Wait for your application to be processed.
  4. Once the application is approved, you will receive your Citizen Card via registered mail.

Required Documents

  • Birth certificate: needed to show proof of age and identity.
  • Proof of address: needed to show resident status in Portugal.
  • Passport-sized photograph: for the card.
  • Valid ID: to validate your identity during the application process.

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Additional details

  • The cost of the Citizen Card varies per case.
  • Timelines may vary based on your specific case and the region in Portugal.
  • Check with the local IRN office for information about processing time and cost.
  • For changes in the address, you need to update your Citizen Card information. You have to go to the local IRN office or use the online services available on the IRN website.
  • In case you are claiming Portuguese nationality by descent, you must have all necessary documents ready to prove your lineage or ancestry.


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