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Brazil - Apply for Identification Card - RG (Carteira de Identidade)

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The Carteira de Identidade is a document issued to citizens born and registered in Brazil and those born abroad, who are children of Brazilians. This document confirms the identity of the person and to needed to be presented when requesting for other documents. The registration is valid throughout the national territory and replaces the passport when traveling to Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Learn more

Following are procedures on how to apply for an identification card (RG).


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The Registrar General is issued by the Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) in every state in Brazil. The citizen must seek the civil identification stations to request the RG. For more information, contact the Office of Identification of your state.

Required Information

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


Go to the station identification civil in your city and submit all necessary documents.

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Required Documents

  • Recent photo format 3x4 (with white background)
  • Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate or a Certificate of Naturalization (depending on the applicant's case)


First issuance of the identity card (Registrar General / RG) is free throughout the national territory, for all Brazilians. The issuance of duplicate, however, may be charged. The fee will be determined by the laws of each state.

The Identity has no validity, but the document can not be accepted in Brazil or overseas trips if the card is in poor conditions or the photo does not allow the identification of the holder.


It is recommended that the RG is renewed every ten years.

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Office Locations & Contacts

Ministry of Justice

Brasilia, Brazil Map

Phone: +55 61 2025-7987


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