RNE

The RNE (Registro Nacional de Estrangeiros) number appears on the permanent foreign resident's identity card (Cédula de Identidade para Estrangeiros - CIE). This foreigner's identity card, commonly referred to throughout Brazil as the RNE, is the equivalent of a Brazilian citizen's identity card and is considered as such whenever a person is asked for proof of identity in Brazil.

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The RNE (Registro Nacional de Estrangeiros) number appears on the permanent foreign resident's identity card (Cédula de Identidade para Estrangeiros - CIE). This foreigner's identity card, commonly referred to throughout Brazil as the RNE, is the equivalent of a Brazilian citizen's identity card and is considered as such whenever a person is asked for proof of identity in Brazil.

 

How to Apply for an RNE in Brazil

 

To be entitled to an RNE in Brazil, a foreigner must have a permanent or temporary visa which should have been obtained from the Brazilian Consulate in their home country.

 

Within 30 days of arrival in Brazil a foreigner must go to the Federal Police office, closest to their place of residence, bringing with them the following required documents:

 

  • Two recent photographs, size 3x4cm (colour, white background, undated, on smooth paper)

  • Passport and notarized photocopies of all the used pages of the passport or travel document; including the page with the Brazilian visa

  • The original visa application form

  • Entry card (the form that was filled out when going through immigration to enter Brazil)

  • Proof of payment of required fees

The required fees are payable at banks, post offices and lottery shops. There are two fees:

 

  • 1. Alien (Foreigner) Registration (Registro de Estrangeiro)

  • 2. First-time File Creation (Carteira de Estrangeiro de Primeira Via)

 

Additional documents may be required depending on the individual circumstances. The applicant will be fingerprinted and interviewed during the application process. Once the application has been made, the applicant immediately obtains a protocol number (protocolo) which serves as temporary evidence of residency status. An individual is considered legal in Brazil with this document even if their visa expires.

 

  • It is possible to make an appointment online to submit the CIE application form. (The whole website is in Portuguese)

The CIE card with the RNE number on it can take six months or more to process. Applicants can check the status of their RNE application on the Ministry of Justice website.

  • Check the status of an application online by entering the protocol number and your name (The whole website is in Portuguese)

Note: If a resident has a change of personal information, such as a name change, it must be submitted to the Policía Federal within 30 days.

 

Paying the RNE Administration Fees

 

Each administration fee must be accompanied by a completed GRU (Guia de Recolhimento da União) form. Each GRU can be filled out online and printed from the Federal Police website. Foreigners should choose the GRU-FUNAPOL. Payment can be made at banks, post offices and lottery shops.

The GRU contains sections in which to fill in the applicant's name, address, full names of both parents, the nearest Federal Police office to the applicant's address (which can be selected from a drop-down menu), and the type of application being made. Once the type of application is chosen, the required fee is automatically filled in on the form.

 

There are two fees payable. The two fees for first-time applicants are for:

 

  • Registro de Estrangeiro (code number/código da receita: 140082)

  • Carteira de Estrangeiro de Primeira Via (code number/código da receita: 140120)

  • Download the GRU form from the Federal Police website (in Portuguese)

 

There are no Internet facilities available within the Federal Police offices. However, it is usually easy to find a despachante (administrative facilitator) office nearby providing printing services and assistance with filling in the form for a small fee.

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