How long does it take to get a Portugal NIF?

I’m moving from Germany and want to know how long I should expect it to take to get a Portuguese NIF?

It depends on whether you’re a European citizen. If you are, I recommend waiting until you get to Portugal and apply directly by visiting the local tax office called “Finanças”.

They will do it near instantly and for less than 10 Euros.

If you’d prefer to do it whilst abroad or your not a European citizen, it’s best to use a law firm. It’ll take about 2 weeks for them to apply.


It took me 4 weeks, but I ordered it from the US. It didn’t help that it was in the middle of the pandemic as well.

It took me 4 days to get my NIF. I used e-residence to do it.

Similar for me. It took me less than a week but I have heard nightmare stories during covid. There were some delays with some companies.