All foreigners staying in Brazil for more than 90 days must register with the Federal Police in Brazil. You can do this at any Federal Police Department Station within 30 days from the date you entered the country. The official steps are here at the Brazil Federal Police website, but I will break it down for you below since the website is entirely in Portuguese.
- Go to this link here at the Brazil Federal Police website, and fill in the form. In the “Código da Receita STN”, choose the option “140082 – Registro de Estrangeiro.”
- Print the guide after clicking “Gerar Guia.”
- Go to this link again here at the Brazil Federal Police website, and fill in the form.
- This time, in the “Código da Receita STN”, choose the option “140120-Carteira de Estrangeira de Primeira Via.”
- Print the guide after clicking “Gerar Guia.”
- Go to a Brazilian bank (like Banco do Brasil), and pay the two fees from the steps above.
- Original passport
- 1 copy of all your passport pages (everything except for the empty pages).
- Note: The Federal Police in Brazil at the Aeroporto Internacional do Rio de Janeiro/Galeão (3rd floor of Terminal 1 at the end of the hall) did not make me have to get these notarized. But as is the case with anything dealing with the DPF (i.e. Brazil Federal Police), you will get different answers depending on who you happen to speak to that day and how that person happens to be feeling.
- However, if you want make completely sure, go to any “Cartorio” (i.e. notary public) in Brazil in order to get the copy notarized.
- 2 recent standard 3 cm x 4 cm color photos, with neutral facial expression, not dated, and on a white background.
- Entrance card (Cartão de Entrada) – The white form that you filled out on the plane on your way to Brazil.
- 1 copy of the original visa application that you submitted to the Consulate. Note: This should have been stapled inside your passport by the Consulate at the time of processing your visa application.
- Federal Police Form – Fill in the form here and print it out.
- Proof of payment of the two fees (Registro de Estrangeiro and Carteira de Estrangeiro 1º Via).
- Código 140120 Taxa CARTEIRA DE ESTRANGEIRO DE PRIMEIRA VIA
- Código 140082 Taxa REGISTRO DE ESTRANGEIROS/RESTABELECIMENTO DE REGISTRO
- Note that fees can and do change, so make sure you double check the website of the DPF for the latest fees.
- Schedule an appointment to go to the nearest Federal Police Office.
- You can find in your Código de Solicitação on the top left side of the Federal Police Form you filled out in the steps above.
- If you are unable to get an appointment online, go to the Federal Police Office in person.
- Wear long pants and either a short or long sleeve shirt so that you will be guaranteed entry.
- You can find the nearest Federal Police Office here.
- If you are in Rio De Janeiro, you must go to the Galeão International Airport, Terminal 1, 3rd floor (yes I know it is incredibly inconvenient, but hey…those are the rules). Follow the signs to the end of the hall to find the “Estrangeiros” (i.e. foreigners) section of the Federal Police Office.
- The Federal Police Office in Brazil will take your fingerprints and give you a receipt which will prove your status in Brazil (Protocolo). DO NOT LOSE THIS.
- It will take up to 180 days to receive your official CIE card (i.e. Cédula de Identidade de Estrangeiro–Foreigner ID card–which will also contain your registration RNE number)….use the Protocolo in the meantime as your ID.
- I recommend you get a notarized copy of your Protocolo for safe keeping. You will need to get it notarized at a “Cartorio” (Portuguese word for “notary public”) in Brazil. Just Google “Cartorio” to find the nearest Cartorio to you. They are all over the country.
- Wait for your CIE card and then pick it up at the Federal Police office when it is ready.
- Check the status of your CIE card here.
- Frequently asked questions (in Portuguese) from the Official website of the Federal Police in Brazil.
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