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Notary services


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(@georges)
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Good morning.

I need to a copy of my passport notarized.  In the US, you can just go to your bank and they will do it.
Do the banks in Portugal provide that service?
If not, who does?

Thank you.

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(@thomasribatejo)
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A notary will do this for you - if you're already in Portugal, there is at least one in every town of any size ("cartório notarial" is what to look out for).  They are a regulated function, so costs vary very little - a service like this may be on-the-spot, or may require you to wait, or book and come back, depending on their workload.  However, notarisation of documents is a standard thing, so it should be quite straightforward.

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@thomasribatejo Went to the local notario and he was able to do it on the spot.  Thank you.

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(@old-bloke)
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I'm pretty sure a Portuguese notary cannot notarise a passport issued by a foreign country.

The British embassy in Portugal does it for UK passports, I would imagine the US embassy offers the same for US passports.

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@old-bloke in my experience they can notarise a copy as being a genuine copy of an original seen by them; but not vouch for anything further in terms of that original.

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(@martinhardy)
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Yep. My understanding is that Notarising a document is simply stating that it is a true copy of an original, it does not claim any authenticity of the original. The Apostille is the authentication of a document, or copy thereof.

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