Capacity to marry:
Domicile and/or residence:
Absence of a criminal record:
- Certified translations:
Documents written in a foreign language must be accompanied by a translation; the document may be translated by a Portuguese notary, by the Portuguese consulate in the country in which the document was drawn up, by that country’s consulate in Portugal or by a suitable translator who must make a sworn or solemn statement before a notary to confirm that the translation is faithful to the original.
The translation must indicate the language in which the original document is written and include a declaration that the text is a faithful translation which reflects the original text.
If the translation is carried out by a sworn translator who inserts the certificate in their own translation or attaches the certificate as a separate sheet, they must indicate the way in which the translation was carried out as well as the information referred to above. The translation must also mention any seals or other legal marks, stamps and payment information included in the original, and must also clearly indicate any irregularities or shortcomings identified in the text that call into question the act or document.
- Certified copies:
The following information must be included or inserted in the photocopied document: declaration of conformity with the original, the place and date of the act, the name and signature of the person certifying the copy, as well as the official stamp or some other mark identifying the certifying body, such as the official stamp of the issuing body.
NOTE: Certifications and translations of documents carried out by chambers of commerce and industry recognised in accordance with Decree-Law No 244/92 of 29 October 1992, and by lawyers and legal agents, must be registered in an IT system in order to be valid; therefore, in addition to the elements referred to above, they must also contain the identification number generated by the IT system. – Ministerial Implementing Order (Portaria) No 657-B/2006 of 29 June 2006.
Certified copies must include the name and job title of the person certifying the copy and the date on which it was certified; the issuing body must stamp the document on top of this information.
The certificate proving the lack of a criminal record contains an alphanumeric authentication and access code allowing the authenticity of the original to be checked.
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