Do My Children Need a NIF?

By James Cave / Published: February 2022.
Posted in: QandA

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Discount code: PORTUGALIST

Adults who are resident in Portugal need a Número de Identificação Fiscal (or NIF for short). This number is used for most transactions in Portugal. It’s optionally used in shops, for example, such as when you’re buying your groceries, and it’s needed for purchases like buying a house or car. You’ll also need one if you’re signing a contract to rent a house or apartment.

But those are all things that adults do. Children are not going to be renting a house or buying a car, so will they need a NIF number as well?

According to Kathleen Lo from, a website that helps people obtain a NIF number and bank account, ‘there isn’t a hard requirement on age, but your child will need a NIF in order to enroll in school.’

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So, even though a child is unlikely to use a NIF on a day-to-day basis like an adult would, they will still need a NIF number at certain points, such as when they enrol in school. are able to arrange a NIF for €150 (or €140 if you use the code PORTUGALIST). For more information, read our guide to getting a Portuguese NIF.

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