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, call the Consulate and ask for instructions or follow the instructions below:
1) Visit the website of Receita Federal, download the proper form and fill it out;
2) If you are applying in person at the Local Brazilian Consulate, bring a valid ID with picture, so they can make a notarized copy of this document. If you are mailing your CPF application, make a notarized copy of your ID and include a legalization fee.
Please take note of your application’s number as it is your control number to be used for a future follow up on your application at the Receita Federal’s website, where you can obtain your CPF number.
Applying in Brazil
In order to issue a CPF in Brazil you need the following documents: