Franco Law

Need to get a Portuguese NIF?

There are many scenarios where you'll need a Portuguese tax identification number (NIF). We make the process of getting your NIF as quick and simple as possible.

What's a NIF and why do I need it?

The NIF ("Número de Identificação Fiscal" in Portuguese) is a personal identification number that's used whenever you want to sign any type of contract in Portugal. Getting a NIF does not make it mandatory for you to pay taxes in Portugal.

There are many scenarios where having a NIF is required, such as opening a Portuguese bank account, signing a rental agreement, signing a utility contract, signing an employment contract, opening a company, and registering with an educational institution, among others.

In addition, to be considered for the non-habitual resident status, you will first need to have a NIF.


What documents are required to issue my NIF?

If you're a European citizen, you just need a valid identification document (passport or national ID) and proof of address. If you're not a European citizen, you must also nominate a fiscal representative, unless you're living in Portugal.

What's a fiscal representative?

A fiscal representative is someone who lives in Portugal and is responsible for receiving all correspondence sent to you from the Portuguese Tax and Customs Authority. This person must accept this responsibility in writing for you to get your NIF.

Do I need to live in Portugal to get a NIF?

No, it's not required that you have an address in Portugal to get your NIF.

I'm not European, I don't live in Portugal, and I don't know anyone in Portugal. Can Franco Law be my fiscal representative?

Yes, we can provide the service to be your fiscal representative. If you later decide to move to Portugal, you won't need a fiscal representative anymore.

Do I need to be physically present in Portugal to request my NIF?

No, we can request your NIF on your behalf through a Power of Attorney.

How long does it take to get my NIF?

A NIF typically takes 8 to 10 days to be issued.

Other Services

Company Incorporation

This service includes drafting a Power of Attorney (allowing us to act on your behalf), issuing your Portuguese Tax Identification Number (NIF), drafting the Articles of Association, and registering your company at the Commercial Registry.Learn More


With our expertise in immigration law, we will help you choose the most suitable visa for your situation. We will then help you gather all the necessary documents and support you throughout the process for the best outcome possible.

Tax Advice

As a new resident in Portugal, it can be difficult to understand the Portuguese tax system and how it will apply to you. We can prepare a personalized tax study and help you take advantage of any tax benefits you might be eligible for.

Real Estate

Whether you're looking for an investment opportunity or a place to call home, we can help you with the process of due diligence by reviewing the property documents as well as assisting you with the real estate transaction itself.

Tax Identification Number (NIF)

Having a Portuguese Tax Identification Number (NIF) is mandatory if you want to sign any type of contract in Portugal. We will draft a Power of Attorney so we can issue your NIF without you having to deal with any bureaucracy.Learn More

Non-Habitual Resident Status

There are several scenarios where you can benefit from the non-habitual resident status. Our team will evaluate your specific case and advise you on how to proceed. If you decide to move forward, we can apply for it on your behalf.


We are a team of English speaking lawyers based in Lisbon, Portugal. We provide services related to company incorporation, immigration, and taxation, always tailoring our services to your situation.

We're focused on building long-term partnerships with our clients by understanding their legal needs and providing succinct guidance with the legalese kept to a minimum.


We'd love to discuss your legal needs in Portugal. Get in touch to schedule your free consultation.