Comprehensive Guide to Obtaining a Brazilian Driver's License

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What is it?

This service assists individuals in obtaining a Brazilian driver’s license, whether they are residing in Brazil or abroad. It provides a comprehensive guide, laying out each step of the process, the necessary documents, and other essential details to facilitate a smooth application experience.

Who needs it?

This service is ideal for expatriates, long-term visitors, and Brazilian residents who need a valid driver’s license to drive legally in Brazil. It is also useful for tourists who wish to rent cars and explore the country independently.


  1. Complete a Driver’s Education Program at a registered driving school.
  2. Pass a theoretical exam covering Brazilian traffic laws and regulations.
  3. Pass a physical and psychological examination at an authorized clinic.
  4. Take a practical driving test administered by the Brazilian traffic department (DETRAN).
  5. On passing all exams and tests, submit your application and documents to DETRAN.
  6. Receive your provisional driver’s license, valid for one year.
  7. Obtain your permanent license after the one-year provisional period without infractions.

Required documents

  • Identity document (RG or RNE for foreigners) - Obtain from civil registry offices.
  • CPF (Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas) - Obtain from Receita Federal.
  • Proof of residence - Utility bill or rental agreement.
  • Completed medical and psychological exam reports - Conducted at authorized clinics.
  • Proof of completion of driver’s education - Certificate from the driving school.
  • Application form - Available at DETRAN offices.

Providers that can do it for you

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Additional details

  • Fees for the theoretical and practical exams are separate and required to be paid at DETRAN.
  • If you fail any of the tests, you may retake them after a certain period.
  • The provisional license comes with restrictions, such as zero tolerance for alcohol consumption while driving.
  • International driving permits might be valid for short-term visitors but not for long-term residents.


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