How to Get Your SUS Card for Free Public Healthcare in Brazil

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What is it?

The SUS Card, known as Cartão SUS, is an essential document for anyone wishing to access Brazil’s free public healthcare services. It is issued under the Unified Health System (Sistema Único de Saúde - SUS) and allows holders to receive medical attention from public hospitals, clinics, and healthcare units throughout Brazil. The SUS Card contains personal information, which helps in monitoring medical history and improving the overall healthcare service delivery.

Who needs it?

The SUS Card is ideal for any individual living in Brazil who wishes to access free public healthcare services. This includes Brazilian citizens, permanent residents, and even foreigners residing in Brazil. Whether you’re an expatriate, a student, or someone seeking long-term residency, obtaining a SUS Card is crucial for ensuring you have access to necessary healthcare services without incurring high costs.


  1. Visit the nearest public healthcare unit (Unidade Básica de Saúde - UBS) or any other authorized location for SUS registration.
  2. Provide the required documentation, including valid identification and proof of residence.
  3. Fill out the SUS registration form with your personal details.
  4. Wait for the processing of your application, which may take a few days.
  5. Receive your SUS Card, either at the healthcare unit or through the mail, depending on the registration location.

Required documents

  • Valid Identification: Original and copy of your passport, National ID card, or any other valid identification document.
  • Proof of Residence: Utility bills, rental contracts, or any document that confirms your current address in Brazil.
  • Optional: CPF (Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas) number, although it is not mandatory, it is sometimes requested.

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Additional details

  • The SUS Card is free of charge and can be used at any public healthcare facility across Brazil.
  • Make sure your personal information is correct on the card to avoid issues when accessing healthcare services.
  • It’s advisable to have a CPF number as it can make navigating other bureaucratic processes in Brazil easier.
  • The process can vary slightly depending on the state or municipality, so it’s recommended to check specific local requirements.
  • More information about the SUS and healthcare services in Brazil can be found on official government websites and local health authorities.


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