Portuguese NIF

Apply for a NIF online, it's the quickest way

Receive your Portuguese NIF, simple

Are you wanting to become a tax resident, expat, open a bank account, apply for insurance in Portugal? Then you will need a Portuguese NIF, known as the Número de Identificação Fiscal. Just like in any country you are issued a taxpayer ID, well a Portuguese NIF is just the same.

Typically, it only takes a week to receive your Portuguese NIF.

When do I need a NIF?

  • Buying or renting property
  • Buying a car
  • Obtaining a Portuguese bank account
  • Signing up for broadband
  • Applying for a phone contract
  • Plus more…

Do I require Fiscal Representation?

If you are not an EU Resident, then Fiscal Representation is required when applying for your NIF. They will provide you with a Portuguese address, and act as the fall back for all of your tax affairs - until such time that you do eventually acquire an address in Portugal yourself.


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Request us to begin processing your Portuguese NIF application

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Our business support team will be in touch with you for the next steps, or if there is any information missing, to avoid your application being delayed.

Process complete

Your NIF number will be received within a week of applying, you can then enjoy the benefits of being a tax resident - now begin your Visa or NHR application!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Portuguese NIF?

A Portuguese NIF – or a Número de Identificação Fiscal in Portugal – is a taxpayer identification number used for all tax residents in Portugal. You will need a Portuguese NIF to:

  1. Buy or rent a property
  2. Purchase a car
  3. Open a Portuguese bank account (either corporate or personal)
  4. Register for broadband
  5. Apply for a phone contract

Plus so much more…

How long does it take to receive a Portuguese NIF?

RHJ Accountants aim to provide you with your Portuguese NIF within a week of submitting the application. However, timelines in Portugal can vary; our team will inform you of any delays if they arise. 

What information do I submit to obtain a NIF in Portugal?

To submit your application please provide us with the following:

  1. Certified copy of your passport
  2. Certified proof of residency
  3. Proof of fiscal representation

Don’t have a fiscal representative, and think you might need one? Check out our fiscal representation page to find out more. We highly recommend all new expats to Portugal having a Fiscal Representative – just until you’re more comfortable with how things work over there.

Why do I need a fiscal representative to apply for a Portuguese NIF?

A fiscal representative is a certified Portuguese accountant who assists you with your tax obligations in Portugal. Because a NIF number is a tax obligation, you may need a fiscal representative to support you in meeting certain deadlines. If you’re unsure whether you need a fiscal representative, review our page to find out more – or schedule a free consultation with our personal tax experts.

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