Marriages Registration

REGISTRATION IN PORTUGAL OF MARRIAGES CELEBRATED ABROAD

General Information

  1. Marriages celebrated abroad between Portuguese citizens or between a Portuguese and a foreign national, must be registered in Portugal with the Civil Registry Office (Conservatória do Registo Civil) where the spouse(s) is (are) registered. The process should be initiated before the marriage takes place in order to determine the nuptial regimen.
  1. The registration is done through the nearest Portuguese Consulate. Once the process is completed by the Consulate a certification of registration is sent to the applicant.

Documents to be Submitted by Portuguese Spouses

  1. Birth Certificate or Portuguese Identification Card (B.I.).

Marriage certificate (corresponding to the type of ceremony performed, i.e., civil or religious), legalized by apostille by the Government of the country where marriage was performed. The marriage certificate presented should be the long form.

A statement by the bride about the names she will be using after the marriage.

Documents to be Submitted by a Spouse who is a Citizen of Another Country:

Birth certificate of the foreign spouse legalized by Apostille in the country where the birth occurred, must accompany the above documents.

Note: Only original or certified copies of the documents must be submitted.

          Documents cannot be returned to applicant.

Consular Fees:   Please open the following link

Payable in cash, certified check or money order, to the order of Consulate of Portugal. Personal checks are not accepted.

Fees subject to change due to variations in the exchange rate Euro/Dollar.

REQUIREMENTS FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS TO MARRY IN PORTUGAL

General Information

American citizens may marry in Portugal at an American Consulate, under American law,

or:

under Portuguese law, in a ceremony conducted by a Portuguese Civil Registrar or religious authority.

General Requirements:

  1. The parties must apply for a marriage license by submitting the documents listed below to the Civil Registry Office in the area where the marriage will take place.
  1. The parties must decide at the time of application to the Registrar under which terms they intend to marry, as required by Portuguese law, whether the parties intend to sign a pre-nuptial agreement or whether they will marry under the following terms:
  • With full communion of property
  • With communion of property acquired after marriage
  • With full separation of property

This preliminary process may take from 2 to 3 months and requires the presence in Portugal of at least one of the parties.

Documents to be submitted:

  • Certified copy of the birth certificates of each of the parties, certified by an Apostille issued by the Office of the Secretary of State of the state where the person was born.

An affidavit, issued by a competent American authority (religious or judicial) stating that the parties are free to marry, and certified by Apostille.

The above documents must be accompanied by a Portuguese translation.

For further information, please contact:

Instituto dos Registos e Notariado – Conservatória dos Registos Centrais:

http://www.irn.mj.pt/IRN/sections/irn/contactos

Consular Fees:   Please open the following link

Payable in cash, certified check or money order, to the order of Consulate of Portugal. Personal checks are not accepted.

Fees subject to change due to variations in the exchange rate Euro/Dollar.

email: mail@washington.dgaccp.pt
tel: 202-332-3007

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