Decreto-Lei n.º 93/2017

Publicação: Diário da República n.º 147/2017, Série I de 2017-08-01
  • Emissor:Presidência e da Modernização Administrativa
  • Tipo de Diploma:Decreto-Lei
  • Número:93/2017
  • Páginas:4420 - 4425
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Summary in plain english (Without legal value)

What is it?

This decree-law:

  • creates the single digital address
  • creates a public electronic notification service associated with the single digital address
  • defines the legal consequences of sending and receiving electronic notifications.

This service may not be used for court notifications or other court communications.

What will change?

It is now possible to receive notifications from Public Administration by email

All individuals and organizations (companies, associations, etc.) will be able to specify an email address where they want to receive all notifications from the various Public Administration services. This email address is their single digital address.

Users can choose any email address as their single digital address, provided they prove their identity and that the email belongs to them. This process is called "verification" of the email address.

The email address can be specified in person or electronically. It has the same legal value as an individual's home address or an organization's registered headquarters. Public Administration will send the notifications addressed to that person or organization to this email address.

It is not mandatory to use this service

No one is obliged to use this service. But if they join the service, the notifications sent through it will have legal value.

This service can be used to receive notifications by:

  • individuals
  • companies
  • other organizations (associations, cooperatives, etc.)
  • Portuguese or foreign.

This service can be used to send notifications by:

  • direct and indirect public administration
  • State-owned companies
  • public foundations
  • local authorities
  • entities that handle administrative offences punishable with fines.

All public services can use this service, even those that have not yet had any way to send electronic notifications. However, the services only use it if they wish to.

This service can not be used by the courts

This service may not be used for court notifications or other communications.

Electronic notifications have legal value

Electronic notifications have the same legal value as notifications sent in other formats, such as paper.

When a notification is sent, this service records and proves:

  • the receiver
  • the subject
  • the date and time the notification was made available.

The registered data has legal value.

A notification sent through this service is deemed to have been received by the receiver within 5 days of becoming available on the notification service.

What are its benefits?

This decree-law is intended to:

  • decrease the time between sending and receiving Public Administration notifications
  • increase security in sending and receiving notifications
  • make electronic notifications available for all public services, even those that had not yet been able to send them.

When does it come into effect?

This decree-law comes into effect on 1 July 2017.

This text is intended to present the content of the legal act in accessible, plain and understandable language for citizens. The summary of the legal act in plain language has no legal value and does not replace the consultation of the legal act in the Diário da República.