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National Defense Day - Public notice

As stipulated by the Military Service Law and in accordance with the information contained in the "Important Notices Notice", Portuguese citizens of both sexes, born in 2005, who have been permanently residents abroad for more than 6 months, or who were born there and remain there, must notify the Defense One-Stop Shop, using the form provided for this purpose at https://bud.gov.pt/ddn/convocacao/estrangeiro.html. They must choose one of the following options:
- Request an appointment to attend the DDN to fulfill their military duty.
- Request to be excused from attending the DDN if they have been legally resident abroad permanently and continuously for more than six months.
 
Summons notices are posted in town halls, parish councils, consular posts and online.
Young people who have been summoned and wish to apply to be exempt from attending the DDN must fill in the Exemption Application form available at https://bud.gov.pt/ddn/dispensa/requerer.html and send it, no later than 10 working days before the date set for their appearance at the DDN, to the email address ddn@defesa.pt (with "EXEMPT" in the subject line), attaching the following documents:
- Copy/scan of your Citizen's Card or Identity Card;
- Document/scan proving the reason for the exemption.
- Proof of address abroad, issued by the consular post in the area of residence or by a public administration body, police force, educational establishment or company in the area of residence (e.g. enrolment declarations issued by local educational establishments, declarations issued by police forces proving that the citizen is resident abroad, employment contract with a term of 6 months or more or declarations issued by the employer, declarations issued by other local entities that can prove the citizen's residence abroad, which entitles them to apply for exemption from attending the DDN).
 
Note: If the young person wishes to be exempt from National Defense Day and has a legal address in the country where he or she resides at the time the notices are posted abroad, all he or she has to do is send in the exemption request.
In cases where citizens choose to obtain a certificate of residence in order to apply for exemption from attending the DDN, this document can be issued at the Consular Office without the need for the citizen to go to the Office and sent to the applicant in digital format to their email address, who will then deal with the whole process directly with the MDN through the Defense One-Stop Shop.
 
 
Best regards
 
DANIEL SARAIVA
Senior Technician
 
Directorate of Consular Administration and Protection Services 
Directorate-General for Consular Affairs and Portuguese Communities
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Portugal

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