Renewing Residence in Portugal

Article 73 – Residence Permit replacement, in case of damage, loss or theft
Documents Required

The application for the renewing of a residence permit shall be made on-line. It shall be delivered personally, on a standard form signed by the applicant or by his/her legal representative, if the applicant is a minor or legally disabled, and can be submitted in any SEF directorate or regional delegation, which may send it, after proceedings and decision, to the directorate or regional delegation of the applicant’s area of residence. It shall be accompanied by:

  • Two recent, identical photographs, in colour with blank background, and easily identifiable (only for appointments at Odivelas, Aveiro or Braga SEF bureau)
  • Passport or any other valid travel document
  • Written document stating the motives for applying for a duplicate / replacement of the title
  • In the case of loss, theft or robbery, copy of the complaint filed with the police authorities
  • In case of damage, the application for a replacement must be accompanied by the damaged title
  • In case of destruction, a sworn statement
  • Permission for SEF to check portuguese criminal record (except for under 16 years old)
  • The issuance of a duplicate of the residence does not imply an alteration to the expiry date of this title
  • Residence Permit shall not be renovated if the holder has been judged by default, unless he / she is able to present evidence that he / she is no longer deemed as having been judged by default
  • The residence permit held by a foreign citizen convicted to a custodial sentence shall only be renewed if that same citizen has not been subject to a decree of expulsion
  • Residents shall communicate to SEF any changes in their marital status, or in their home address, within 60 days from the date those alterations occur
  • Residence Permit may be refused on grounds of public policy or national security reasons.


ORDER NUMBER 1563/2007, OF 11/12