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Brazil - Exchange your Foreign Driver License

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The Brazilian Driver’s License (CNH) is a document that proves that you are qualified to drive a motor vehicle in Brazil and it is mandatory for anyone who drives.


A full Brazilian driving licence can only be given to a foreigner who is legally resident in Brazil and who meets the Brazilian State Transport Department requirements.

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e.g. The state office holds birth records since january 1908.

Required Information

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


  1. The license must be applied for by the individual in person or a Despachante representing the individual. (Despachante is the term used throughout Brazil for a professional who works in the area of vehicle documentation and registration on behalf of a vehicle owner.)
  2. These required documents must be presented at the Setor de Atendimento ao Estrangeiro (Service Area for Foreigners) of the local DETRAN office. (To find a local DETRAN office, please follow the link provided in the 'Office Locations and Contacts' section in this page.)
  3. The applicant may be required to take medical and psychological exams; this is decided by DETRAN on a case-by-case basis (for example, if the original foreign driving licence is close to expiring).

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Required Documents

  • Original and copy of your country’s driver’s license while still valid.
  • Original and copy of document that proves your legal entry and permanence in Brazil.
  • Translation of the Driver’s License by a Sworn public translator or the country’s consulate.
  • Copy and original (for verification only) of address document issued within three months from the date of application (bank statement, electricity, gas or telephone bill, condominium bill, Real Estate Tax Bill ("IPTU"), rental agreement).


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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

Access the National Traffic Department's website (content in Portuguese) to check for your nearest Detran office.

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Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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