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Portugal - Obtain marriage certificate

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  • Individuals wishing to marry must declare it, personally or through an attorney, at civil registry office and request the establishment of the respective process publications.
  • Upon declaration, the bride and groom should choose civil, or the Catholic religious way,
  • Individuals should indicate the place where they intend to marry and provide relevant documents
  • If you receive approval to get married, your wedding must take place within three months.
  • The earliest date to organize the wedding process is approximately 6 months prior to the wedding, because of the validity of the paper work

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Birth certificate of both intended spouses issued less than sixth months before the request.
  • ID/Passport of each of the intended spouses;
  • Ante nuptial agreement when applicable;
  • Proof of residence in the country;
  • A statement of parental consent is needed in case any of the intended spouses is a minor;
  • Intended spouses of foreign nationality should present a birth certificate issued by the registrars office of their country of birth and its translation, valid ID or passport and a certificate of legal capacity to marry.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

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

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The minimum age to get married in Portugal is 16. However written consent of both parents is required for those aged under 18.


See the Registo Civil site.


A marriage certificate is valid forever unless the couple divorces

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

After submitting an application at the union council the processing time is 14days.

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  • One of you must be in Portugal for a minimum of thirty (30) days before notice of your intended marriage can be given.
  • You both need to provide a certified copy of your birth certificates. These certified copies must have been issued within the last six months.
  • If your wedding is to take place in the Azores, the certified birth certificate must have been issued within the last three months.
  • If you want to be married in a Roman Catholic Church, you will need to provide your Baptismal certificates.
  • After you have received approval to get married, your wedding must take place within three months.
  • If you've been married before, you will need to provide a divorce decree or death certificate to prove that your previous marriage has been legally terminated. These documents must be certified and issued within the last six months, or if in the Azores, in the last three months.

Required Information[edit]

  • names of the bride and groom
  • marital status of the bride and groom
  • if previously married the name or names of the previous spouses
  • birthplaces of the bride and groom
  • ages of the bride and groom
  • names of the parents of the bride and groom
  • birthplace of each parent
  • names of the witnesses
  • name of the priest performing the wedding ceremony

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Need for the Document[edit]

Marriage is a contract between two people who intend to start a family through full communion of life. In Portugal this process begins at a civil registry office with the manifestation of intention to marry.

Information which might help[edit]

Both civil and Roman Catholic church marriages are recognized in Portugal. Civil marriages take place at the Civil Registry Office (Conservatria do Registo Civil) in the area of residence. A marriage (casamento) in Portugal is recognized as valid in most other countries

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

  • Marriage Certificate for Visa
  • Marriage Certificate for Immigration Process
  • Marriage Certificate for Bank Accounts
  • Marriage Certificate for Divorce
  • Marriage Certificate for Adoption
  • Marriage Certificate for Driving License
  • Marriage Certificate for Employer ID
  • Marriage Certificate for Pensions
  • Marriage Certificate for Passports
  • Marriage Certificate for Social Security

External Links[edit]

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In 1910 a revolution of the people rejected the royal family, abolished all titles of the nobility, wrote a constitution, and passed new laws. One of the new laws required citizens to report all births, marriages and deaths to the local Civil Register (Registro Civil).