MARRIAGE IN PORTUGAL OR AT THE CONSULATE

Portuguese nationals living abroad who wish to marry in Portugal (civil or Roman Catholic Church ceremonies) may request, at the Consulate of their area of residence, the legal preparations for marriage.

The marriage should be performed within six months after, upon completion of the preliminary process, a marriage license is issued.

The marriage can also be performed at this Consulate, if neither party to the marriage is an American citizen.

One of the parties to the marriage must be a resident in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware (this Consulate´s jurisdiction).

When both parties to the marriage are Portuguese nationals living abroad, request and completion of the preliminary process (legal preparations) at the Consulate is recommended even when they are not getting married in Portugal.

  • Rules to be observed:
  • Both parties to the marriage must be present, or represented by an agent with a specific power of attorney, to request the legal preparations for marriage.
  • Documents required:
    • Valid B. I. / Citizen Card or Passport (when one is a foreigner);
    • Birth certificate of the foreign party to the marriage, issued within the last six months (Portuguese certificates are provided by the Consulate);
    • The foreign party must also present a certificate of “No Impediment” (if issuable by the law of his/her country);
    • Proof of residence in the US (e.g. photocopy of US driver’s license).
    • Obs: Certificates issued outside the US must have been “apostille” or legalized by the Portuguese Consulate or Embassy in that country. These documents must be translated and certified and will not be returned.

 

MARRIAGE REGISTRATION

Portuguese nationals who have married abroad (who have had their marriages performed by the competent local authorities) may request marriage transcription at the Consulate and therefore having their marriages recognized in Portugal.

In case both spouses are Portuguese nationals and the marriage was not preceded by legal preparations under the Portuguese legal order, the matrimonial separation of property regime is mandatory, notwithstanding any prenuptial agreement made by the spouses.

  • Rules to be observed:
  • The request for registration can be made anytime after the marriage, by one of the couple or an authorized person, by mail (no presence at the Consulate required).
  • Documents required:
    • Application;
    • Original of marriage certificate (full transcript), issued within the last six months if not a US certificate;
    • Authenticated photocopy of prenuptial agreement and certified translation (when applicable);
    • Photocopies of valid B. I. / Citizen Card or Passport (when one is a foreigner);
    • Birth certificate of the foreign spouse, issued within the last six months;
    • Proof of residence in the US (e.g. photocopy of US driver’s license).
    • Obs: Certificates issued outside the US must have been “apostille” or legalized by the Portuguese Consulate or Embassy in that country. These documents must be translated and certified and will not be returned.

 

Fees:

USD 127.86 or USD 149.18 (with translation of the marriage certificate-1 page)