Having suspended the issuance of official documents, such as licenses and certificates, what will be the modus operandi of the registration and notary services?

With the enactment of Decree 50/2021, the issuing of the following official documents is maintained, being in-person services provided and subject to a prior appointment:

  • ID Cards;
  • Driving Licenses;
  • Passport;
  • DIRE and temporary visas;
  • Import Clearances for Moto Vehicles.

With exception of passports, DIREs and temporary visas, the documents referred in the previous paragraph, when expired, are deemed valid until 31 August 2021.

Notwithstanding, some of the restrictions approved by the National Directorate for Registries and Notaries during the state of emergency will remain in force, namely those prescribed under Circular no. 03/DNRN/027.15/2020 (“Circular”), which include:

  • At the level of the Civil Registry:
    • the registration of marriages is resumed, being this events subject to the strict compliance of the preventive COVID-19 measures and may not gather more than 20 persons (cf. Decree 50/2021);
    • completion of birth and death registers only;
    • completion of adoption and divorces;
    • completion of justified urgent procedures.
  • At the level of Central Registries, the following act continue to be performed:
    • attribution of nationality;
    • issuance of certificates of matrimonial capacity, nationality and others considered urgent.
  • At the Real Estate Registry level, all act deemed urgent continue to be carried out, except where the number of people attending at the premises is deemed unsuitable.
  • At the level of the Legal Entities Registry the following continue to be carried-out: name reservation, registration of companies, sole proprietorships, cooperatives and their amendments, provided that they are of an urgent nature and do not involve the agglomeration of people at the Registry Offices.
  • At the Motor Vehicles Registry Office, the following act continue to be carried-out: urgent initial registrations, transfers of ownership and encumbrances, provided that this does not result in a crowding of people on the Registry premises.
  • At the Criminal Registry level, criminal record certificates remain being issued, provided that this does not involve the agglomeration of persons on the Conservatory's premises.
  • The acts granted by Notary Offices are resumed, with priority given to the:
    • Issuance of powers of attorney for the purpose of alimony, survival, forensic, and other urgent matters;
    • Granting of public deeds, of urgent character, involving no more than 3 persons;
    • Issuance of deeds of authentication.

The Circular also establishes that the respective certificates, on the abovementioned acts and or normal requests, can be issued, provided they are of urgent character.

In addition to the measures indicated above, the Circular determines some hygiene and safety measures that should be adopted by the staff of the registries, such as the use of protective masks in the attendance to the public.

 

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This information is being updated on a regular basis.

All information contained herein and all opinions expressed are of a general nature and are not intended to substitute recourse to expert legal advice for the resolution of real cases.