The CPF here in Brazil is very important. It’s used for almost every part of a Brazilians Life. Getting a bank account, registering for an Internet provider, or opening a billing account for your energy and water are just a few examples of when a CPF is used.

It is also an essential requirement if you are applying for your permanent residency in Brazil.

A CPF can be obtained by a resident or a foreigner and it’s pretty easy to get. Take a look at my process below:

  • Apply for CPF at a local Correios (Brazilian post office)
  • They will give you a proto-call number, and advise you will be contacted to go and have an interview at your local Receita Federal – My advise, dont wait!
  • Our very nice Correios worker told us to wait 5 working days, then make our way to the receita federal as everything will be there ready and waiting. I did this, and it was fine!
  • When i nervously went to the receita federal, there was No interview! They just clarify the details you gave on your Correios application.
  • Remember to take your passport and birth certificate so they can clarify the details you gave them

Thats it!

I was told that they no longer send the plastic cards out to you, and they gave me a printable copy to laminate. If they don’t, make sure you ask for this as we found it difficult getting onto the website (where you can print your own)  I actually did receive a plastic card in the mail, so lets see!

My Brazilian friend tells me the CPF never expires, so i guess its like the English ‘National Insurance Number’


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Billyredbull
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 19:10:45

    Thank you!!!


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    May 09, 2014 @ 02:06:16

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