The Cadastro de Pessoa Física - CPF is the Individual Taxpayer's Number and is required for many everyday transactions in Brazil, including opening a bank account, applying for a job, subscribing to a mobile phone company and when buying a car or property.

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Who Must Apply For a CPF Number?


Once you've registered with the Federal Police and received your RNE, you can register for a CPF. The CPF is a unique number and is only issued once.


Registration for Foreigners Resident in Brazil


To register for a CPF in Brazil, an individual will need to provide the following documents:


  • Passport

  • Proof of address (utilities bill)

  • Completed application form

  • Birth certificate (if under 16 years old)

  • Proof of parentage, custody or guardianship (if applicant is a minor)

  • Receipt of payment of the administration fee, issued by bank / post office



A CPF application form can be completed and printed online via the Federal Revenue (Receita Federal’s) website.



The application needs to be submitted to a local Federal Revenue office (Receita Federal) within 15 days, along with proof that the fee has been paid at a Post Office (Correios), Banco do Brasil or Caixa Econômica Federal. Proof of address is required when paying the administration fee.