In 2018, the Government plans to launch, under the framework of the Simplex+2018, a new “citizen card” for foreigners residing in Portugal, which will group in a single document identification numbers for tax (“NIF”), Social Security and the National Health System (“SNS”). According to the Secretary of State, with this new card, the delivery to the foreign citizen of all these identification numbers will happen simultaneously at the same place of issuance, cutting significantly the time and effort required.
For Portuguese nationals, it will now be possible to change a citizen’s address, alter a name, request a criminal record, renew or cancel the Citizen Card (“CC”), all via a registered smartphone. For children, it will become mandatory to request the document within 20 days after registration of birth. In addition, the validity of the card passes from five to ten years for those over 25 years.