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Criminal record certificate

Content of the criminal record certificate

The Portuguese criminal record keeps information about all the convictions and subsequent decisions handed down by Portuguese Courts, or convictions and subsequent decisions handed down by foreigner courts against Portuguese citizens communicated to the Portuguese authorities.

The content of a criminal record certificate depends:

  • On the concrete purpose of the request
  • On knowing if the purpose of the request has something to do with  children.

If the request is for employment, or for any kind of access to a professional activity, two different situations are possible:

  • It is an employment or activity with a legal framework demanding the absence of previous criminal convictions (partially or totally): the certificate will contain all the current information on criminal record of the person concerned
  • It is an employment or activity without any specific legal requirement: in this situation the certificate will not contain any information besides criminal convictions with additional sanctions of prohibition to exercise professional activities or any safety measures of prohibition of activities.

If the purpose of the request is different than employment or access to a professional activity:

  • The certificate will contain all the current information on criminal record of the person concerned.

In any of the above mentioned situations, if the purpose of the request has something to do with children:

  • The certificate will contain all the criminal convictions about sexual offences (besides the "normal" information according to the purpose of the request).