National Administration in Portugal

Contact information for the national administrative offices of Portugal. The place to go for residency papers, vehicle registration papers and driving licences...

Many government and municipal public administration organisations have information relevant to foreigners in English aimed at EU immigrants and residents from EU and other countries. The most important of these are listed below.

  • The ePortugal website is an online citizens advice portal with information on housing, taxes, education, health, family issues, and more (in Portuguese).
  • Information line (in Portuguese) - 300 003 990 or 210 489 010 

Each local municipal council (Câmara Municipal) provides information on local services, emergency numbers, sports and recreation facilities, public transport, and tourism, some of which is in English, while the local offices of the IRN - Institute of Registries and Notaries (Instituto dos Registos e do Notariado - IRN), formerly the DGRN Direcção-Geral dos Registos e do Notariado) - provide a single place for citizens to take care of many administrative matters, including vehicle registration, registering births, marriages, and deaths, and registering new companies.

Social Security

The Portuguese Social Security system (Segurança Social) website is mainly available in Portuguese. However, relevant information on several aspects of the system can be found in English, particularly those related to Social Security affiliation, contributions, benefits, the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled.


There are several websites covering taxation and finances (Finanças) but they are principally in Portuguese. However, tax offices usually have some members of staff who speak Spanish, French or English.

Immigration Office

The website of the Portuguese Immigration Office (Serviço de Estangeiros e Fronteiras - SEF) has information in English on work permits, getting Residency Cards and other issues concerning foreigners in Portugal.

Health Service

The various portals related to the Portuguese National Health Service (Serviço Nacional de Saúde) are in Portuguese only.