A Power of Attorney is a legal document that  gives someone the right to act on another person’s behalf, granting him/her powers of representation.

The powers of attorney that require notarization should be done in any of the following ways:

  1. By Public instrument (done at the Consulate), and in this case, the grantor (s) must be registered at the Consulate.
  2. By a document written and signed by the grantor(s), in handwriting, and signature certified  by the Consulate. Each grantor must be pre-registered at the Consulate.
  3. By Public instrument (executed at any Notary Office) and the Notary Public signature must be legalized by Apostille.


  1. Citizen Card / Valid ID card (or passport if you do not have Citizen Card / valid ID Card);
  2. Portuguese Taxpayer Number;
  3. Draft of the power of attorney (preferably obtained from the Notary Office, in Portugal, where it will be subsequently registered).


To write a power of attorney, the physical presence of the grantor(s) is required at the Consulate on the day and hour previously scheduled.

All customers who need consular attention are required to timely contact the Consulate, requesting appointment for a date and hour available. All information about procedures and documentation to be submitted will be provided, as well as expected costs.

email: sconsular.washington@mne.pt
tel: 202-332-3007

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