Brazilian National ID Card - Requirements and Procedure (2023)

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What is it?

The National ID Card in Brazil, also known as ‘Carteira de Identidade’, is an official identification document issued to Brazilian citizens and residents. It serves as a universally recognized proof of identity and is required for a range of activities, including voting, traveling domestically, and accessing government services.

Who needs it?

The Brazilian National ID Card is essential for Brazilian citizens living in Brazil or abroad, as well as for residents who need an official form of identification. Ideal for individuals needing to perform legal transactions, access social services, and travel domestically within Brazil. Foreign nationals aiming to establish residency will also find it indispensable.


  1. Visit the nearest Identification Institute or authorized service center.
  2. Fill out the required application form with your personal details.
  3. Submit the necessary documents (see list below).
  4. Get your biometric data collected (fingerprints and photograph).
  5. Pay the applicable fee for the ID card issuance.
  6. Receive a receipt and wait for notification to collect your card (usually takes a few weeks).

Required documents

  • Original Birth Certificate or Marriage Certificate (obtain from civil registry)
  • Proof of Residence (utility bill, bank statement, etc.)
  • Taxpayer Identification Number (CPF, which can be issued by Receita Federal)
  • Two recent passport-size photographs in 3x4cm format

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Additional details

  • Processing times can vary based on location and demand.
  • Some regions may offer expedited service for an additional fee.
  • The National ID must be renewed every 10 years.
  • Expired IDs may result in difficulties for certain transactions.


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