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Brazil - Apply for Certificate of Naturalization (Certificado de Naturalização)

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Citizenship represents the link between a person and a state or an association of states. Possession of citizenship is normally associated with the right to work and live in a country and to participate in political life. Naturalization is a way to acquire a nationality different from the nationality of origin.

Following are procedures on how to obtain certificate of naturalization.


Provide eligibility criteria's for going through this procedure.

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Application for naturalization may be made by the interested party. In the case of a minor, his legal representative must be the one to apply along with the General Protocol of the Ministry of Justice.

Required Information

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


  1. The application for naturalization along with all other required documens must be submitted to the Department of Federal Police closest to the applicants's residence.
  2. The applicant must request the delivery of the Certificate of Naturalization within 12 months from the date of publication of the decree in the Official Gazette.

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Required Documents


  • This procedure is free.


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use

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Sample Documents

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Processing Time

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Office Locations & Contacts

Customer Service (for foreigners)

Annex II, Room T3 - Ground Floor of the Ministry of Justice

Hours : 8h to 18h, Monday to Friday.

E-mail :

Ministry of Justice Website

Federal Police Website

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Information which might help

To become naturalized Brazilian under 15 years of legal residence abroad should be able to read and write the national language.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links

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  • Brasil Givernment Portal:


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