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CPF Brazil

CPF Brazil

What is the CPF Number?

A CPF number is the Tax ID generated once you have been registered into the Brazilian Revenue. CPF stands for "Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas" (Natural Persons Register). The CPF has 11 digits and it may be issued by the Brazilian revenue service in Brazil or Brazilian consulates and embassies abroad.

A CPF is required not only to purchase real estate in Brazil, but many other things such as paying your taxes, opening a bank account in Brazil,  opening a company in Brazil, getting utility services, and being able to enter into general contracts drafted in Brazil.

CPF for Foreigners

A CPF Id number is issued to both Brazilian citizens and foreigners. Most Brazilians get their CPF number in Brazil. Foreign citizens, however, may obtain a CPF at a Brazilian consulate, while visiting Brazil, or through a Power of Attorney.

A CPF is a must for foreigners wanting to buy properties or living in Brazil. Getting a CPF will allow a foreign citizen to have access to many conveniences. The downside is that the CPF, as a tax ID, will create a presumption that you are a taxpayer in Brazil. In other words, after you get a CPF you may be required to file a tax return every year. Support from an accountant may be required and, if you decide to stop doing business and leaving in Brazil, you may file a "final tax return" informing the Brazilian Tax Revenue that you will no longer engage in taxable activities.

Practical tip: buying a property in Brazil from a seller that has not asked for your CPF number? This may be a sign of fraud! Do not proceed with the transaction as you must have a CPF to legally acquire real estate in Brazil.

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Path 1: How to Get a CPF Number In Your Home Country

Getting a CPF number at Consulate or an Embassy

First, check if there is a Brazilian consulate or embassy close to your location. Once you click on a country's name, click to the right on Brazilian Representations to see the available consulates or embassies in your country.

Second, go to the website of the consulate or embassy and book an appointment. Their websites will have an English version of the text, so you will be able to find the CPF Application section and book a day and time for you to attend the appointment. Turnaround for issuing the CPF is usually between two to three weeks, but plan for an early application to be safe.

You must complete the CPF application form available at the Brazilian Revenue. Print out a couple of copies, sign, date, and take them with you to your scheduled appointment.

Note that consulates and embassies don't carry the plastic card to print your CPF number on, so you will get a paper certificate instead.

If you have a consulate or embassy close to you, this is by far the best and easier process to obtain a CPF.

Path 2: How to Get a CPF Number While in Brazil

If you are currently present in Brazil, you may go to one of these three entities to apply in person for a CPF:

  • Bank Banco do Brasil
  • Bank Caixa Economica Federal
  • Post Office Correios

You should take the following documents with you when applying:

  • A completed CPF form - unfortunately, this form is available in Portuguese despite being exclusive for foreigners, so you need to have help from a Portuguese speaker when completing it
  • Proof of ID - a passport would be the original choice

Path 3: How to Get a CPF through Power of Attorney

For many people, traveling to Brazil or a Brazilian consulate or embassy is not convenient. For such clients, our firm offers a service of CPF number issuing through Power of Attorney.

In this case, you will have to just provide the required documents, sign the Power of Attorney that we will draft for you, and pay our professional fees. No need to spend hours learning how a CPF number works, no need to travel, and no need to deal with long waiting times.

Contact us today for a quote on the costs involved to get you a CPF number through a Power of Attorney!

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Brazilian CPF Crash Course (3-Minute Video)

Watch Our Video "How to Obtain the Brazilian Tax ID Known as CPF". If you still have questions after watching our video, enter your questions in the comment section to have it answered by one of our licensed Brazilian attorneys.

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CPF F.A.Q.

1. What is a CPF?

A CPF number is the Tax ID generated once you have been registered into the Brazilian Revenue. CPF stands for "Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas" (Natural Persons Register). The CPF has 11 digits and it may be issued by the Brazilian revenue service in Brazil or Brazilian consulates and embassies abroad.

2. Do I need a CPF card?

CPF cards have been traditionally issued only within Brazil. CPF numbers issued by Brazilian consulates or embassies do not have a physical card. Instead, applicants will get a paper printout with the number.

Today, most departments requiring a CPF number will be able to work with just the number and will not require the physical card.

Brazilians will usually have their CPF numbers printed on their RG ID cards or Driver licenses. Foreigners living in Brazil may have their CPF numbers printed on their RGN ID cards.

3. What does CPF stand for?

CPF Stands for "Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas" or "Registry of Individuals". It is similar to the "Social Security" number adopted in the US and it is used as a type of universal identifier in Brazil. While the RG (General Registration Number) is a Brazilian ID issued at the state level and, as such, can have duplicity of numbers, the CPF is issued by the Federal Government.

4. How to check your CPF?

how to check a cpf number in brazil

The Brazilian Tax Revenue keeps an application online for anyone to check the status of a CPF number: https://servicos.receita.fazenda.gov.br/servicos/cpf/consultasituacao/consultapublica.asp

The CPF number should be entered in the first box while the CPF's holder DOB should be entered in the second one. Note that the DOB format in Brazil is: DD/MM/YYYY (day first instead of the month).

This system will show the following information associated with the CPF number entered:

  • Name of the CPF holder
  • Date when the CPF was registered
  • Current status: regular / irregular

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Become a Pro in Brazil Real Estate!

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