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Portugal - How to register birth

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  • Parents, relatives or legal representatives of children born in facilities not able to register births must visit the civil registry office within days
  • They should possess their legal identification documents
  • They should state the name of the child and the date of birth and names and id no of the parent(s) and where the baby was born

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Required Documents[edit]

The following documents are required to register the child:

  • Parents' identification documents (National ID cards for EU citizens, Residency card and Passport for third-party nationals
  • The birth certificate issued by the hospital or maternity where the birth took place

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

To get the details of the nearest civil registry office .Follow link for your nearest civil registry office addresses

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Every birth in Portugal is eligible to be registered


Registration is free


birth certificate are valid forever

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

Processing is done on the spot and birth certificate processed as you wait

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  • Birth occurred in Portuguese territory must be reported verbally within 20 days in the civil registry or, if the birth occurs in the health unit where it is possible to register directly.
  • Birth registration gives all children the right to know who their mother is and, hopefully, their father too. According to the UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child, children should have the right - as far as possible - to know both their parents.
  • Registering your baby also helps the authorities maintain up to date records about the local population
  • For unmarried fathers, signing the birth certificate gives you the same legal status in relation to our child as that of a married father: this is called "Parental Responsibility".
  • Registration can often take place in the hospital before the mother and baby go home; otherwise, you'll have to visit your local register office.
  • The following people are authorized to register the birth:
  • The parents
  • Parents' legal representative (legally empowered)
  • A close relative
  • The director (or any appointed administrative staff member) of the place of birth

Required Information[edit]

  • Name of the child
  • Date of birth
  • Names of the parents
  • City and province of birth
  • The date, name and signature of the certifying Registrar, Acting Registrar or Secretary, and the office seal.

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Need for the Document[edit]

The registration of the birth provides your child with their birth certificate which theyll need throughout their life for example, to gain a passport or for you to obtain child benefit for them.

Information which might help[edit]

As soon as a baby's birth is registered it has a legally binding name. Under Portuguese law, the complete name may not exceed six individual names (a composite of a maximum of two first names and four surnames).
Paternity in Portugal is established, unless otherwise stated, through marriage. This means that if the parents are married, either one may register the child. When the parents are not married, both need to go to the Registry Office so that the father's name can be added to the birth certificate.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

  • Establishing date of birth and age:
  • School registration
  • Proving age of majority/minority in court
  • Qualifying for pensions, social security or health insurance
  • Obtaining a social security number
  • Obtaining a passport
  • Entering employment limited to citizens
  • Obtaining licenses limited to citizens
  • Proving legal dependency
  • Obtaining inheritance benefits
  • Receiving insurance benefits

External Links[edit]

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  1. The registration of births that have occurred in Portuguese territory, after the entry Into force of the present law, of children only of non-Portuguese parents must mention, As an identification element of the registered person, the foreign nationality of the Parents or its unawareness, except if one of the parents has been born in Portuguese Territory and resides here.
  2. Whenever possible, the declaring parties must submit documentation attesting to the Mention to be made under paragraph 1, in order to prove that none of the parents is of Portuguese nationality.