Request portuguese nationality

Portuguese Nationality may be acquired at birth or during a person's lifetime. 

The attribution of Portuguese nationality may depend on the person's place of birth, how many years he/she has lived in Portugal, the nationality of his/her family members or spouse, the relationship with the Portuguese community, among other factors.

The application for Portuguese Nationality can be made online, provided it is made through a lawyer or solicitor. The application may also be made, by the person him/herself, over the counter or by mail. 

It is also possible to check the status of the application online.

Service channels

Learn where you can carry out the service and what are the advantages of each channel

  • Online

    Only for people over 18 years old who have been living in Portugal for at least 5 years and married to a person of Portuguese citizenship for more than 3 years.


    Application must be made by a lawyer or solicitor.

  • Personalised service


    At any time, during opening hours.

Who can request portuguese nationality?

How to request the portuguese nationality?


The application for nationality is available online for people over 18 years of age who have been living in Portugal for at least five years and for people who have been married or living in a non-marital partnership with someone of Portuguese nationality for more than 3 years.

The online service can only be done through a lawyer

or solicitor.

The lawyer or solicitor must access NacionalidadeOnline and authenticate themselves with their digital certificate.

At the counter:

The application for Portuguese nationality is made in person, in one of the following places:

Go to one of the locations indicated and apply for Portuguese Nationality. Deliver the requested documents

By mail:

The application for nationality can be made by mail and the form to be filled in depends on the particular situation. After filling in the form, you must send the application to the Conservatória dos Registos Centrais, Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 202, 1099-033 Lisbon.

What are the documents and requirements to apply for portuguese nationality?

The documents to present when applying for Portuguese Nationality vary according to your conditions. Check if you are able to apply for Portuguese Nationality and which documents and requirements are necessary according to your profile:

You were born in Portugal:

Born abroad

You lost your nationality and you want to get it back

Other cases that allow the attribution of Portuguese Nationality

How much does it cost to apply for Portuguese Nationality?

The price of the application may vary. Consult the conditions that apply to your case to know the price.

The consultation of the process status of the application for Portuguese Nationality is free.


How to consult the status of the process