D7 - How do you get to organise the criminal record check by SEF ?


Hope someone can help me. As part of my application for the D7 at the London Embassy, I have to provide this:

•    Application for consultation of the Portuguese criminal record by the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF);

I have managed to sort out the UK criminal records check, but I have no idea what to do about this requirement ? can anyone help?

Thanks in advance


Hi Neale, Welcome :)

Please read this:

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@neale_p did you figure it out? How? I'm stumped. I'm an American and was able to get an FBI background check but when it comes to the SEF it seems impossible. It's asking me for a CDM or digital mobile key, but I can't get one because I don't have a tax ID or citizens card. And everything is in Portuguese :( Help!


I had my SEF interview yesterday in Lisbon, and took the form for the background check.

It wasn't taken as the lady said it was agreed on the main form we complete and her stamping it.

I also had the choice to pay for the visa via card or cash but this had to be the correct amount of €158.16

Hope that helps



Can you please share the Form you took for background check?

I have my SEF interview in mid April 2023.

Thanks much