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Both civil and Roman Catholic church marriages are recognised in Portugal. Civil marriages take place at the Civil Registry Office (Conservatória do Registo Civil) in the area of residence. A marriage (casamento) in Portugal is recognised as valid in most other countries.
The minimum age to get married in Portugal is 16. However written consent of both parents is required for those aged under 18.
The publication of banns (publicações) is necessary prior to the wedding for either civil or church ceremonies; the chosen marital regime must be mentioned on the banns.
Note: The rule requiring one of the marrying parties to have been resident in Portugal for 30 days prior to the declaration of intent to marry has been abolished. This has been officially confirmed by the Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF) and the Funchal Civil Registry Office however many embassy websites have not yet updated their pages on this point.
The following documents must be presented at the Civil Registry Office to begin the marriage process:
All documents must be translated into Portuguese by a certified translator.
A small fee is charged (the amount varies from one Civil Registry to another).