Request the SNS’s user number

Find out what you need to do to request the SNS (National Health Service) user number. Foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal can request a user number.

People with a Citizen Card do not need to request a user number, as this number that identifies them in order to receive health care is indicated on the Citizen Card.

Service channels

Learn where you can carry out the service and what are the advantages of each channel
  • Request on the location
    Portuguese citizens obtain the user number when they request a Citizen Card

    Free of charge

    If you are a foreign citizen living in Portugal, you must submit: residence permit and Tax Identification Number (tax card)

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Who can request the SNS’s user number?

When can you request the SNS’s user number?

A foreign citizen may request the SNS’s user number when he/she has a legal residence.

What are the documents and requirements to request the SNS’s user number?

  • If you are a foreign citizen living in Portugal, you must submit the following documents:

    • residence permit
    • Tax Identification Number (tax card).

What is the Price to request the SNS’s user number?

It is free of charge.

How request the SNS’s user number?

Go to a health centre with the following elements:

  • a valid residence permit issued by the Immigration and Borders Service
  • Tax Identification Number (tax card)

If you hold a Citizen Card, you don't need to request the SNS’s user number. All you need to do is present your Citizen Card to access health care in the National Health Service units.