Register as a Foreigner in Brazil Easily and Quickly

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What is it?

The Foreigners’ Registration service in Brazil is a mandatory process for non-citizens who plan to stay in the country for an extended period. This process involves obtaining an RNE (Registro Nacional de Estrangeiros) or CRNM (Carteira de Registro Nacional Migrat√≥rio), which serves as an identification card for foreign residents. This registration is crucial for legal residency, work permits, and accessing various public services.

Who needs it?

This service is essential for anyone who intends to stay in Brazil for an extended period, including expatriates, individuals marrying Brazilian citizens, workers with long-term contracts, students, and retirees. Additionally, those with Brazilian ancestry or dual citizenship may need to navigate this process to ensure compliance with local laws.


  1. Gather all the required documents (see below).
  2. Make an appointment at the local Federal Police office.
  3. Fill out the necessary forms online and print them.
  4. Attend the appointment with all required documents and forms.
  5. Pay the registration fee at a designated bank.
  6. Submit the payment receipt and documents at the Federal Police office.
  7. Wait for the RNE or CRNM card to be processed (this can take several weeks).
  8. Pick up your RNE or CRNM card once notified.

Required documents

  • Valid passport with visa
  • Birth certificate (translated and legalized if necessary)
  • Proof of residency in Brazil
  • Two recent passport-sized photos
  • Payment receipt for registration fee
  • Completed application forms
  • Additional documents for specific cases (e.g., marriage certificate if married to a Brazilian)

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Additional details

  • Appointments must be scheduled in advance at the Federal Police website:
  • Ensure all documents are translated into Portuguese by a certified translator.
  • Some categories of foreigners may require additional documents, so check specific requirements based on your visa type.
  • Processing time can vary; plan accordingly for any urgent needs.
  • The Federal Police may request additional documents or information during the process.


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