How Much Does a Portuguese NIF Number Cost?

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It’s hard to get by without a NIF number in Portugal. You need it to rent or buy a house, to buy a car, and – increasingly – to apply for a residency visa like the D7 or golden visa. But how much should you pay for this particular number, and should you even expect to pay anything at all?

In short, while a Portuguese tax number can be obtained for free, it’s usually only those that are resident in an EU/EEA country (for example France or Ireland) that are able to get their NIF numbers for free. Those resident in a non-EU/EEA country (for example the USA or UK) typically have to use a lawyer to get their numbers, which, in practice, usually means they have to pay for it.

If you fall into this category, how much should you expect to pay?

Non EU/EEA Residents:

Cost: From €74.25 – €350

Those from outside the EU/EEA (and this includes Switzerland) normally need a fiscal resident in order to obtain their NIF number. This could be a friend or family member who’s resident in Portugal but most people moving to Portugal don’t know anyone in Portugal yet – at least not anyone they could ask such a big favour from – and so they usually need to pay a lawyer or company to act as their fiscal representative. 

So, assuming you don’t know anyone who can be your fiscal representative, how much should you expect to pay? 

We looked at several of these online companies and found a huge range in prices.

CompanyNIF Average DeliveryNIF Cost
Anchorless.io10 Days€74.25 (with code PORTUGALIST25)€389.25 with code PORTUGALIST25 (see here)
Bordr7 Days$140
E-Residence.com10 Days€74 (with code Portugalist)€336 with code PORTUGALIST (see here)
Get Sortd10 Days€68 (with code PORTUGALIST)
Lisbob10 Days€89
NIFPortugal.pt5 Days€79 (with code PORTUGALIST)*
Novomove3 Days€69 (with code PORTUGALIST)€349 with code Portugalist (see here)
Visas.pt2 Days€95€395 (see here)

* If you opt to request the password from Finanças yourself, you can get this for €10 cheaper.

Finding prices from law firms and relocation companies was slightly harder because in almost all cases, we had to email to ask how much the firm would charge to obtain a NIF. Although this also added a slight delay, some companies emailed back within a few hours. 

In total, we contacted 5 companies and heard back from 4. The average price was €312.5 with the cheapest being €150 and the most expensive being €500. Using an online service, such as one of those listed above, could be as much as six times cheaper.

EU/EEA Residents

Cost: Typically free.

In most cases, EU/EEA residents (people living in a country like Ireland or France) should be able to obtain a NIF number simply by going into a Finanças or Loja do Cidadão office and requesting one. A fiscal representative is not required and EU/EEA residents don’t typically need a NIF before moving to Portugal, which means that they generally don’t need a lawyer or company to obtain the NIF for them. 

If for whatever reason someone does obtain a NIF on your behalf – your lawyer when you’re buying a property for example – then you would obviously pay for that service, and the figures above would apply here. If you’re in Portugal, however, you can probably save money by going and getting the NIF yourself. 


  • Non-EU/EEA residents should expect to pay around €70-90 if using an online service such as or €237.5 if using a traditional Portuguese law firm or relocation company. 
  • EU/EEA residents should be able to get their NIFs for free in most cases. However, they may have to pay an online service or law firm if they are unable to go to a Finanças or Loja do Cidadão office themselves. 

Have more questions? Be sure to read Portugalist’s big guide on how to get a NIF number

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James Cave is the founder of Portugalist and the author of the bestselling book, Moving to Portugal Made Simple. He has visited just about every part of Portugal, including Madeira and all nine islands of the Azores, and lived in several parts of Portugal including Lisbon, the Algarve, and Northern Portugal.