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 aggregated different bodies and a chip to access an ID database.

To schedule an appointment with the purpose of requesting a Citizen Card, please consult:


The document, requested in person at the Consulate and a delivery time frame of 4 to 6 weeks.

At initial application, in addition to the ID card and/or birth certificate, the citizen should whenever possible present the Portuguese Taxpayer Card, Social Security Card, any Heath System Card and the Voter Card.


  • It has been found that many Portuguese residing abroad, apply for 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 certifies, under the law, the unavailability of the holder.
  • The Citizen Card has to be picked up within 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  (PIN of authentication and PIN of address).

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

All customers who need consular attention are required to timely contact the Consulate, requesting appointment for a date and hour available. All information about procedures and documentation to be submitted will be provided, as well as expected costs.

tel: 202-332-3007

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