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Activating and Obtaining Chave Movel Digital in Portugal 2024

Securing the Chave Movel Digital (CMD) is a crucial requirement for convenient access to online public and private services across Portugal. From tax platforms (Finanças) to social security and civil registry portals, CMD offers access to various online platforms.


Chave Móvel Digital

This article aims to walk you through the straightforward and secure activation process of your CMD, which is indispensable for residents in Portugal. I'll demonstrate how to efficiently activate and acquire the Chave Movel Digital in Portugal.


WHAT IS THE CHAVE MOVEL DIGITAL?


To begin, let's define the CMD. The Chave Movel Digital serves as a digital authentication system enabling access to numerous Portuguese public and private websites. It links a password or PIN, determined by the user, with their mobile phone, ensuring secure utilization of their digital key. This system provides a reliable and user-friendly approach to accessing a wide array of online services.


WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE CHAVE MOVEL DIGITAL?


The CMD serves two primary purposes:


1. Secure identification on Portuguese public service websites.

2. Enabling the online signing of official documents.


WEBSITES THAT USE CHAVE MOVEL DIGITAL


The CMD authentication system is implemented on numerous Portuguese public websites. Below is a non-exhaustive list of websites utilizing Chave Movel Digital:



This authentication method is therefore used on many websites, and it is very useful to activate and use your Chave Movel Digital.


HOW TO ACTIVATE CHAVE MOVEL DIGITAL


There are 5 ways to activate Chave Movel Digital:

Via the autentificação.gov mobile application and by taking a selfie ;

On the autentificação.gov website, use a USB reader with your Portuguese identity card;

On the autentificação.gov website with your Finanças access details;

Via videoconference on a computer or mobile phone;

In person at a public office.


Although there are various methods, most are reserved for holders of a Portuguese identity card, such as the mobile application or via the identity card reader. As a foreigner, there are two ways of activating the Chave Movel Digital.


In-person, with your passport, at one of the Portuguese public services:


  • Serviços do Registo Criminal

  • Espaços Cidadão/Empresa

  • Finanças

  • Serviços consulares portugueses

  • Balcões do Registo Nacional de Testamento Vital

  • Lojas da Rede Integrada de Apoio ao Cidadão (Açores)


On the autentificação.gov website, use your Finanças access details.


This is the second method, entirely online, which I'm going to explain to you step by step.


HOW DO I ACTIVATE THE CHAVE MOVEL DIGITAL ONLINE?


First, go to the autentificação.gov website. Then click on "Ativar Chave Movel Digital".


Ativar Chave Movel Digital

ACTIVATE THE CHAVE MOVEL DIGITAL ONLINE

There are several options available to you. Choose the third, "Via Portal das Finaças".


Portal das Finaças

You will then be asked to authenticate yourself on the Finanças websites. Your login your NIF tax number, your password, and that of the Finanças.


NIF tax number

You must authorize the Finanças site to communicate information to autentificação.gov to activate your Chave Movel Digital.


Chave Movel Digital

Here’s an example of an NIF document

Then it's very simple. You must read and accept the CMD terms of use.


Chave Movel Digital

A new window will ask you to enter your Portuguese mobile phone number and, if you wish, your email address. You must tick the last box to proceed.


Chave Movel Digital

Upon validation, you will receive a security code via text message, which you must input on the subsequent page. Once confirmed, the website will prompt you that a letter will be dispatched to the postal address linked to your NIF.


Inside this letter, you will find a code necessary for validating your Chave Movel Digital.

Acquiring your Chave Movel Digital is a straightforward and secure process that unlocks access to various online services in Portugal.


My guide has furnished you with all the requisite steps to activate and utilize your CMD, facilitating seamless interaction with governmental and private services. Should you require further information or assistance, my team and I remain at your service.

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