How to get married
Portuguese residing abroad who want to get married (or a Portuguese who wants to get married with a foreigner) may request to celebrate or register the wedding in the Consulate or Consular Section of his/her residential area. Consequently, the corresponding deed will be drawn up by registration if before a consular agent, or by transcription, if the marriage was celebrated before a catholic priest or before the local authorities of the Civil Registration of the considered country.
- Marriage celebrated by the consular agent:
The qualified Consular Post is the post of the residential area of both intended spouses or of one of the spouses if they reside in different areas. The organization of a preliminary process of publications is obligatory.
- Marriage transcribed by consular agent:
If the marriage is celebrated before the local qualified authorities, it may have or not a previous preliminary process of publications. In this case the consular agent cannot do the transcription unless he organizes “à posteriori” the respective process. The obligation of separate estate regime will be the regime in force. Any marriage contract authorised by the intended spouses might be null.
NOTE: The internal legislation of some countries may limit or restrain the application of these measures.
Norms that should be observed for the wedding
- Intended spouses must present at the Consulate of the residential area the legal obligatory documents and must request the organization of the preliminary process.
- Having the process been opened, the Consulate will fix a public notice, publicizing the conscious will of the intended spouses to celebrate their marriage.
- After organizing the preliminary process a final order will be drawn, which, being positive, will serve as the base for the consular authorities to issue the marriage certification.
- Birth certificate with complete narrative of the intended spouses, issued in less than 6 months;
- Identity card/Passport of each intended spouse;
- Intended spouses with foreign nationality must also present a certificate of his/her civil state and nationality;
- Documentary evidence of his/her residence in the country and indication of the entrance date.
- Marriage certification for those cases concerned with the registration transcription.
To register a Birth
The birth of individuals whom are granted Portuguese nationality, must be registered in the Consulate of the corresponding area.
Birth registration is done by an inscription before a parents’ declaration (who must have a registry in the consular services), or by transcription based on a birth certificate issued by the local authorities of the country where the birth took place.
Birth registration may be done by anyone duly identified, legally representing the concerned person, or proxy capacity.
If the individual is more than 14 years old, the registration can only be done through the organization of the authorization process for late birth registration.
IMPORTANT: in case of birth registration by inscription the presence of the parents or the legally capable declarant is obligatory.
Identity card/Birth certificate of the legal declarants, issued, maximum, in the last 6 months.
Birth Certificate of the child, in case of registration by transcription.
NOTE: For birth registration declarations in the Consulate, it is advisable to schedule in advance. You can make it through a phone call.
The presence of the individual who is going to be registered (baby) is not obligatory.