Comprehensive Guide to Brazil's Single Registry Program

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What is it?

The Single Registry for Social Programs, known as CadÚnico, is a Brazilian government initiative designed to identify and register low-income individuals and families for the purpose of integrating and distributing social benefits. The program helps in accessing various federal, state, and municipal assistance programs like Bolsa Família, Social Electricity Tariff, and others.

Who needs it?

The ideal users of the Single Registry are Brazilian low-income families and individuals earning up to half of the minimum wage per person or a total family income of up to three times the minimum wage. This service is vital for those seeking governmental social benefits and aids aimed at enhancing quality of life.


  1. Find your nearest Social Assistance Reference Center (CRAS) or city hall.
  2. Schedule an appointment or visit during service hours.
  3. Fill out the application form with necessary details.
  4. Submit the required documents during your appointment.
  5. Wait for the verification and approval process.
  6. Once approved, you will receive your registration details and can start receiving eligible benefits.

Required documents

  • CPF (Cadastro de Pessoa Física - Individual Taxpayer’s Registry): Obtainable from Receita Federal’s website or local offices.
  • RG (Identity Card): Available from the state civil registry offices.
  • Proof of residence: Utility bills or lease agreements.
  • Proof of income: Pay stubs or a declaration from an employer.

Providers that can do it for you

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Additional details

  • The Single Registry is mandatory for accessing most social programs in Brazil.
  • Regular updates to personal and family information are required to continue receiving benefits.
  • Assistance is available at CRAS centers if you need help filling out the forms or gathering documentation.


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