Can I Get A NIF Number As A Non-Resident?

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Written by: | Last updated on February 29, 2024 | Est. Reading Time: 2 minutes
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If you aren’t already resident in Portugal, you may not have a Portuguese NIF number. In fact, it’s quite likely that you don’t. It’s a number that can only be used as in Portugal and it’s not something you normally need as a tourist visiting here. Sometimes you’ll be asked if you have one in the supermarket, or if you’d like to use yours, but you can simply decline.

However, there are some instances in which you may need a NIF number as a non-resident. Two examples include:

  • If you decided to purchase a property in Portugal (non-residents can purchase property in Portugal, but still need a NIF number)
  • If you wanted to open a Portuguese bank account (some banks will give you a temporary NIF, but most require you to have a NIF already)

If you’re from outside the EU/EEA and don’t already have a friend or family member resident in Portugal who can be your fiscal representative, you will probably need to use a company like Bordr to obtain your NIF.

According to Kathleen Lo from Bordr:

If you are an EU/EEA resident applying for a NIF directly with the Finanças, you do not need a fiscal representative. All non-EU residents need a fiscal representative to apply for a NIF on their behalf. Your fiscal representative does not necessarily need to be a lawyer, but they do need to be a Portuguese tax resident and a Portuguese permanent resident or citizen. Residents of Switzerland do need a fiscal representative since Switzerland is not part of the EU or EEA.’

Get a NIF with for just $140.

So, unless you’re resident in an EU or EEA country, you need a fiscal representative to help you obtain your NIF. You don’t have to work with a company like Bordr or any of the other company that offer this service, but that’s often the easiest option. It may also be your only option as most people don’t have a friend or family member who’s resident in Portugal that they can ask to do this for them.

For more information, read our guide to getting a Portuguese NIF.

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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. This article includes contributions from Kathleen Lo, co-founder of