The Citizen's Card is the new multipurpose identification document for Portuguese Citizens, in a smart card format, with an integrated chip; the Card replaces the current existing identification documents:

  • Bilhete de Identidade;

  • Fiscal Identification Card;

  • National Health Service Card;

  • Social Security Card.

The Citizen's Card also replaces the electoral card and its number, meaning that it is enough to identify the citizen while voting.


The Citizen's Card is valid for 5 years, however, in some exceptional circumstances, the validity may be different (namely, in case of children).


For First Time Application of Citizen's Card

The Citizen's Card can be issued after the birth is registered. It can be issued only to the applicant himself/herself. Portuguese nationals residing in another country can apply for the card at the Consulate or Embassy of Portugal of his/her area of residence.


Documents needed:

  • Two recent photographs (passport size, white background);

  • Document of identification: original and photocopy of Indian / Foreign Passport with elements of identification similar to those stated in the “Assento de Nascimento”;

  • Photocopy of “Assento de Nascimento”;

  • Photocopy of “Assento de Casamento” (if marriage registered in Portugal).


In case the applicant is a minor (below 18 years), and is applying for Citizen's Card for the first time, he/she has to be accompanied by both parents with their passports. In absence of any one parent, a Power of Attorney has to be presented authorising the accompanying parent to apply for the minor’s  Citizen's Card, along with a photocopy of ID proof of the person mentioned in POA (valid original Bilhete de Identidade / Cartão de Cidadão / Passport). The POA needs to be attested with the apostille by the Ministry of External Affairs of India. In case of Indian Passport photocopy, it needs to be notarised / attested by a Portuguese / European authority or by the local notary.



For Renewal of Bilhete de Identidade / Cartão de Cidadão

“Bilhete de Identidade” or Citizen's Card can be renewed once the validity expires or within 6 months before the date of its expiry.


Documents needed:

  • Two recent photographs (passport size, white background);

  • Original “Bilhete de Identidade” / Citizen's Card.


Those applicants who are not registered at the Consulate General of Portugal in Goa, have to carry along with the documents needed, a photoocopy of “Assento de Nascimento” and “Assento de Casamento” (if marriage is registered in Portugal), and copies of “Bilhete de Identidade” / Citizen's Card, Passport, OCI and address proof, along with the originals.

For renewal of minor children, they need to be accompanied by either one of the parents along with a valid ID document and its photocopy.


Priority for Processing Citizen’s Card Applications: Normal and Urgent.


In Case of Loss or Theft of Bilhete de Identidade / Cartão de Cidadão:

Documents needed:

  • Police FIR Report;

  • Two recent photographs (passport size, white background);

  • Photocopy of the lost or stolen Bilhete de Identidade / Cartão de Cidadão;

  • Valid original Passport / Inscricão Consular Certificate;


Collection of Citizen’s Card

The deadline for the collection The citizen's card can be collected only by the applicant himself/herslf, within 1 year from the application date. 

Minor children need to be accompanied by either one parent.

Entry time for collection: from 2:30 to 3 p.m.


For further information, kindly access the Citizen’s Card website.


Fees: Kindly refer to consular fees.


The above rules and fees are subject to change / modification without prior notice.