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How to Get Married in Portugal – Essential Documents & Steps

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Documents for How to Get Married in Portugal. As an experienced wedding planner, I’ve had the joy of helping numerous international couples plan their dream weddings in the picturesque landscapes of Portugal. If you’re considering Portugal as your destination for a civil or religious marriage, you’re in for a treat. However, navigating the legal requirements can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re not a resident. Let me help you on this:

Essential Documents for a Civil Marriage in Portugal:

  1. Passport or Identification Card: This is a no-brainer. You’ll need a valid passport or ID card to prove your identity.
  2. Birth Certificate: Obtain a recent copy of your full birth certificate. If you’re not a Portuguese citizen, it should be issued within the last six months and translated into Portuguese by a certified translator. You can do this in the Portuguese consulate.
  3. Certificate of No Impediment: This document proves that there are no legal obstacles to your marriage. You can usually obtain it from the civil registry or a similar authority in your home country. If your country does not issues this paper, you need a legal document saying that the countri does not issued this paper. Again, ensure it’s translated into Portuguese.
  4. Divorce or Death Certificates: If applicable, you’ll need to provide evidence of the dissolution of any previous marriages or the death of a former spouse.
  5. Prenuptial Agreement (if applicable): If you’re planning to have a prenuptial agreement, it should comply with Portuguese law and be translated into Portuguese.
  6. Residence Certificate: While not always mandatory, some local registries might require proof of residence.

The Process:

  1. Legalize Your Documents: Ensure that all your non-Portuguese documents are legalized for use in Portugal. This usually means getting an Apostille stamp under the Hague Convention.
  2. Translation and Certification: All documents not in Portuguese must be translated and certified by a translator recognized by the Portuguese authorities – Portuguese Consulate.
  3. Submit Your Documents: You’ll need to submit your documents to the Civil Registry Office (Conservatória do Registo Civil) where you plan to get married. It’s advisable to do this at least a month before your intended wedding date.
  4. Civil Ceremony: Once your documents are approved, you can have your civil ceremony, which is legally binding. You can choose to have a separate symbolic ceremony at your desired location if you wish.

Tips for a Smooth Process:

  • Start Early: Begin gathering and preparing your documents well in advance. Some documents like the Certificate of No Impediment have a limited validity period. & months normally.
  • Check Local Requirements: Requirements can vary slightly depending on the local registry office, so it’s wise to confirm with them directly.
  • Consider Legal Assistance: You might find it helpful to hire a local lawyer or a wedding planner experienced in international marriages to navigate the legal intricacies. Or even both!


Getting married in Portugal can be a beautiful and memorable experience. While the paperwork might seem daunting, with careful planning and a bit of patience, you’ll be saying “I do” in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Remember, each love story is unique, and so is each wedding journey. Embrace the process and let Portugal’s charm be the backdrop of your special day.

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