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Getting Your Brazilian Documents as an Expat

If you live in Brazil, you need register with Brazil’s tax authorities and the Federal Police.

Once you move to Brazil as an expat, you’ll need to get your Brazilian papers in order. There are two essential documents: the CPF and the RNE. The first literally mean Enrollment of Physical Persons” (as opposed to legal entities and companies), and identifies foreigners and Brazilians alike for Brazil’s internal revenue authorities.  RNE means National Database of Foreigners” – this will be your ID card in Brazil.

How to Get a CPF

You must have a CPF to open a bank account, buy real estate or vehicles, invest in the stock market, and complete your annual tax returns in Brazil.

Foreigners can apply for a CPF either in person or via power-of-attorney at branches of the two major Brazilian public banks – Banco do Brasil and Caixa Econômica Federal – or post office bureaus. If you live outside of Brazil, but wish to perform an activity that require a CPF number, you can apply for one at the Brazilian Consulate in your country of residence.

To apply, you must first fill out an electronic form on the official website for Brazil’s revenue authorities (click here). After printing it, and within 15 days, take the form and other required documents (such as your birth certificate) to the Brazilian Consulate or Embassy.

After the request is processed, the applicant will receive a definitive and unique number. It is important to remember that your CPF card does not count as valid identification, since it doesn’t contain a photo or a signature.

RNE – Your ID card in Brazil

The RNE is to foreigners what an ID card is to Brazilians. Upon arriving in Brazil with your visa, foreigners have up to 30 days to apply for a RNE before the Brazilian Federal Police, in the city where you live.

This is an extremely important document, and a foreign resident is considered legal in Brazil only if he or she possesses this document. The RNE is also required to apply for a work permit, open a bank account, and rent a house, among other things.

You will need the following documents:

•Passports, with photocopies of all used pages;
•Your original visa;
•Two recent photographs (in a 3x4cm format);
•Embarkation/disembarkation card;
•Proof of payment of all required fees.

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