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Criminal record certificate

CRIMINAL RECORD ATTENDANCE SERVICES ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

From March 16, the criminal record attendance services are temporarily suspended, in the context of the temporary and transitory measures to combating the outbreak of the COVID-1 virus.

The criminal record certificate can be obtained in the following ways:

  • Through the Online Criminal Record Portal. In this Portal, in FAQ, all the necessary information is available to request a certificate of criminal record online.
  • Through this application, which must be submitted here following the instructions on page 3 and following. Submission of this application is normally only allowed for residents abroad, but it can now be used by anyone who, for whatever reason, is unable to request the certificate through the online channel.

Foreign citizens wishing to obtain or renew a residence permit in Portugal do not need a criminal record certificate and contumacy. They can authorize the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) to access their registration, without having to go to the criminal registry service points.

For any clarification, please contact by phone (+351) 217 906 200 or through this form

We regret the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.



The Portuguese criminal record keeps information about criminal convictions and subsequent decisions handed down against citizens over the age of 16, or against legal persons.


Who can request?

  • Any person, of any nationality, over 16 years of age, if it is his/her own registration
  • Any person over the age of 18 may request the criminal record certificate of another person.

 

How can I request?

 

...a criminal record certificate of a natural person:

Note that the Portuguese criminal record certificate cannot be issued for citizens under the age of 16.

  • Through Online Criminal Record, (portuguese citizens only) by authenticating with your Portuguese Citizen Card or with the Digital Mobile Key [Chave Móvel Digital (CMD)] if it was obtained with your Citizen Card:
    • After making the request, an ATM reference for payment of the due fee will be provided and, once the payment is made, the certificate will be available at Online Criminal Record  / “My Requests”, as soon as it is issued.
  • Personally, in any attendance services (suspended, see information at the top of this page), where it is possible the issue of certificates.
  • If you live abroad please read the instructions (below) on "I live abroad".

...a criminal record certificate of a minor child or of an incapacitated person:

The minor child’s ascendants, as well as the tutor or the curator of the incapacitated person, can personally apply for the issue of the criminal record certificate of the minor child (not younger than 16 years old) or of the incapacitated person. 
For the purpose, it must be presented:

  • The proof of his/her quality as the ascendant of the minor child, or the tutor or curator of the incapacitated person;
  • The citizen card or ID card, or other valid and qualified document, of the person for whom is requested the certificate.

...a criminal record certificate of a legal person:

The legal representative of the legal person may request its certificate of criminal record:

  • Through Online Criminal Record, by authenticating with your Portuguese Citizen Card (CC), using a data card reader and your CC Pin, or with the Digital Mobile Key [Chave Móvel Digital (CMD)] if it was obtained with citizen card.
    • After making the request, an ATM reference for payment of the due fee will be provided and, once the payment is made, the certificate will be available at Online Criminal Record / “My Requests”, as soon as it is issued.
  • Personally, in any attendance services (suspended, see information at the top of this page), where it is possible the issue of certificates. 
    It is necessary to prove that you are the legal representative and you must identify yourself with your citizen card or ID card or other valid and qualified identification document confirming yourself (photo and signature) and NIF.
    The personal request is merely verbal, without filling in any form. Only a receipt of the request must be signed and the paymente made.
    Attendance services, where it is possible the issue of certificates:


How can I make the application personally in an attendance service?  (suspended, see information at the top of this page)

  • The personal request is merely verbal, without filling in any form. Only a receipt of the request must be signed and the payment made.
  • When making the request, you must present your citizen card or ID card, passport or other valid and qualified identification document that can confirm that it is you (photo and signature) and you will be asked to verify the necessary information about the identification for issuing (name, place of birth, date of birth, parentage, nationality).


Can I authorize another person to apply for a certificate?

You, yourself or as the legal representative of a legal person, may authorize a third person to make the application for the issue of the certificate.

To this effect, a written and signed declaration must be issued, stating:

  • Your identification (full name and citizen card number or identity card, passport or other valid and qualified document with signature) and, if applicable, your condition as legal representative; 
  • The identification of the authorized person (full name and citizen card number or ID card or other valid and qualified document with signature); 
  • A declaration stating that you authorize the identified person to apply for the certificate and clearly mention the purpose of the certificate; 
  • Your signature, according to the document mentioned in the authorization.

The authorized person must apply for the certificate personally at any of the attendance services  (suspended, see information at the top of this page), where it is possible the issue of certificates. The authorized person must present:

  • The authorization of the applicant, or of the representative of the legal person
  • Her/his identification document mentioned in the authorization
  • The identification document of the holder of the information mentioned in the authorization, or its certified copy (the copy of the identification document must be signed by the holder and with written mention: “this copy of my identification document is only to request my criminal record certificate”)
  • In the case of a legal person, a document attesting his/her status as the legal representative of the company (for example, with the permanent certificate of the company, or a current certificate from the commercial register).


What is the cost?

For the issuing of each criminal record certificate is due a fee of € 5 (five euros).


I live abroad

...can I make the application through Online Criminal Record?

  • Yes, if you are a portuguese citizen you may request your criminal record certificate through Online Criminal Record if you are able to proceed with the authentication with your portuguese Citizen Card (using a card reader and your Citizen Card Pin) or with Digital Mobile Key previous obtained with your Citizen Card, and you have a bank account in Portugal with homebanking service.
  • After making the request, an ATM reference for payment of the due fee will be provided and, once the payment is made, the certificate will be available at Online Criminal Record/“My Requests”, as soon as it is issued.

...I do not use the Online Criminal Record portal, how can I apply for my certificate?

  • You must print the form available here (please do read the instructions on pages 5 and 6 of the form);
  • Once filled and signed, the form must be sent to the Criminal Identification Services, through this form.

...can I authorize another person, in Portugal, to apply for my criminal record certificate?

  • Yes, you can authorize another person, in Portugal, to apply for your certificate on your behalf – please read (above) "Can I authorize another person to apply for a certificate?"


Where to apply for a criminal record certificate?


What is the deadline for issuing the certificate?

Depending on the location of the application and the identification document displayed, the issuing period may be:

Online Criminal Record

  • After payment *

    * It is issued after payment (consider the delay on payment system communications to our website), unless there are technical impediments related to the identification of the person or the information to be certified. In this case it will be issued up to 3 working days.

Central Authority desks: Balcões dos Serviços de Identificação Criminal  (suspended, see information at the top of this page)

  • Applied with valid portuguese citizen card: immediately *
  • Applied with other (valid) document of identification: immediately *

    * It is issued immediately, unless there are technical impediments related to the identification of the person or the information to be certified. In this case it will be issued up to 3 working days.

 

Courts

  • Applied with valid portuguese citizen card: immediately *

    * It is issued immediately, unless there are technical impediments related to the identification of the person or the information to be certified.  In this case it will be issued up to 3 working days.
  • Applied with other (valid) document of identification: up to 3 working days

Other attendant services: Espaços Cidadão and Rede Integrada de Apoio ao Cidadão (RIAC)

  • Applied with valid portuguese citizen card: immediately *

    * It is issued immediately, unless there are technical impediments related to the identification of the person or the information to be certified.  In this case it will be issued up to 3 working days ((plus the delay for post services delivery at the address of the requester).
  • Applied with other (valid) document of identification: 3 working days (plus the delay for post services delivery at the address of the requester)

 

Requests from abroad

  • 5 working days, after all the necessary documents are received and the payment is confirmed by the financial department.
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