Complete Guide to Vehicle Licensing in Brazil - Steps & Documents

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What is it?

Vehicle licensing in Brazil involves registering your vehicle with the appropriate authorities to ensure it complies with national regulations. This process includes providing proof of ownership, paying any applicable fees, and passing a vehicle inspection if required.

Who needs it?

Individuals who have purchased a new or used vehicle, imported a vehicle from abroad, or moved to Brazil and brought their vehicle with them. This service is ideal for both resident Brazilians and expatriates living in Brazil who need to legally drive their vehicle.


  1. Gather all necessary documents such as proof of ownership, identification, and insurance.
  2. Visit the local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or an authorized service center.
  3. Complete the application form for vehicle registration.
  4. Submit all required documents along with the completed form.
  5. Pay applicable registration fees and taxes.
  6. Schedule and pass a vehicle inspection if necessary.
  7. Receive your vehicle license plate and registration certificate.

Required documents

  • Proof of ownership: Obtain from the vehicle seller or the manufacturer.
  • Personal identification: Passport or Brazilian ID card (RG).
  • Proof of residence: Utility bill or rental agreement.
  • Proof of insurance: Acquire from an authorized insurance provider.
  • Import documentation (if applicable): Obtain from Brazilian customs or the import service provider.

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Additional details

  • Ensure your driver’s license is valid and recognized in Brazil.
  • Vehicle inspection requirements may vary by state.
  • Registration fees and taxes can differ based on vehicle type and value.
  • For imported vehicles, additional customs clearance steps might be necessary.
  • Check local DMV website for specific guidelines and forms.


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