Individual Taxpayer Registry (CPF)
In Brazil, the CPF (Cadastro de Pessoa Física/Physical Person Registration) is similar to the Social Security card in the United States. It is necessary for opening a bank account, purchasing and activating a cellular phone, renting an apartment, and just about any other transaction which a person would engage in if he/she intends to stay in Brazil for more than a month. Foreigners can apply for a CPF number at their local Brazilian consulate (with an expected response time of one month) or can obtain a CPF number after arriving in Brasil (with an expected response time of a few days).
CPF for Foreigners – Instructions
In order to apply for a CPF number at the Local Brazilian Consulate follow the instructions below:
Select the country where you are living at the moment: http://www.receita.fazenda.gov.br/Aplicacoes/Atcta/CpfEstrangeiro/fcpf.asp and click on “ficha”, then fill out the form. After that, you will have until 15 days to present the printed form and your identification card to a Brazilian consulate/
Applying in Brazil
In order to issue a CPF in Brazil you need the following documents: