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Cartão do Cidadão

The Citizen Card is a document of citizenship.

From a visual standpoint, the card displays in front, a photo and elements of civil identification. On the back, contains the numbers of the different bodies whose cards aggregates and replaces a machine-readable zone and chip.

See here Pratical Guide   for the use of the Citizen Card.


At the moment of the initial application, in addition to the ID card and/or birth certificate, the citizen should wherever possible present the Taxpayer Card, Social Security Card, and any Health System Card.


  • It has been found that many Portuguese residing abroad, request the issuance of the Citizen Card while on vacation in Portugal.        They should mention, in such cases, that they live overseas and ask to pick up the card in the Consulate with jurisdiction over the area where they reside.
  • The card can be picked up by a third party who has previously been nominated by the holder at the time of application as well as the person who supplies, under the law, the inability of the holder.
  • The Citizen Card must be picked up whitin one year. Past this deadline it will be destroyed if not picked up before.


To change the address you must visit the Consulate with the Citizen Card along with PIN’s associated with that same Card (PIN of authentication and PIN of address).

In case the Card holder is not in possession of the PIN’s, must then apply for a new card in order to have the address changed.