How to get a CPF

CPFIn Brazil,to do any financial transactions beyond the most basic things, you will need a CPF. This card is the equivalent of the American social security number. However, they use it for much more in Brazil. For example, you need one to purchase a cell phone plan or car.   Getting one is not as complicated as made out to be in internet forums. I think some folks enjoy causing confusion. To be honest, most of the paperwork I have completed in Brazil has been handled efficiently. The CPF process was no different. In all, I would say from start to finish it took me about an hour. And, that means TOTAL TIME!  

  1. I went to this site (http://www.receita.fazenda.gov.br/Aplicacoes/ATCTA/CpfEstrangeiro/fcpfIng.asp) and completed the form. It took me about 15 minutes only because I thought “voter district” meant zip code. You do not need to put a zip code. Just leave the ‘voter district” blank.

  click country (USA or wherever), hit submit, then click registration (if first CPF), then fill out everything but “voter district”. You need a Brazilian address. They will mail the final card there. However, you receive the number as a printout at the station. That is really all you need.   After you fill out this form hit submit again. This time you get a bar code form to print out. Print it.  

  1. Take the bar code form to either a post office (Correios) or the Banco do Brasil. Trust me, it is easier at the post office (Correios) because the lines are shorter. If you go to a Brazilian bank you will wish you had not. LOL!

  Just grab a number and then wait. When called, take the form to the attendant and say, “pago CPF”.  They will understand you. You only pay R5.80! A small amount. They give you a receipt. https://youtu.be/zklubUIJB0Y  

3. Take the receipt and print out to the Receita Federal (Tax Authority)nearest you.There you grab a number and wait until called. Go early in the morning to be first in line. Usually 7am. They give you the CPF print in about 5 minutes.

https://youtu.be/Ya-Y-0GD4fY All of this took me under an hour.

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The Book That Tells How to Live Like a Free Person Overseas!

This is the book you have always wanted. It tells you exactly how to get started on a life of freedom overseas. Actual jobs you can do today! We highly recommend it.

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UHZA90Y

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Pixote is the Brazil Travel Center Movie of the Week. Watch Now!

This moving story of street children in Brazil is based on real life stories. This engaging film will keep your attention to the end. Remember, these are real children and their stories.

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Beija-Flor wins the Rio de Janeiro Carnaval competition.

The Beija-Flor samba school captured the 2015 Rio de Janeiro Carnaval championship yesterday. They did so despite of the controversy about their parade floats depicting aspects of African some found disconcerting.

Well, in two months, we begin another season of practicing for the 2016 Carnaval. Hope to see you in Rio!

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Mardi Gras Live Online

You know we have cameras set up all over the world. Here is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) in New Orleans.

http://www.earthcam.com/events/mardigras/?cam=bourbonstreet

Bourbon Street

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Watch the Last night of carnival Live Online Now Before it is Over

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCJXN4pfsqo&feature=youtu.be

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Watch Carnival in Rio right now!

http://g1.globo.com/rio-de-janeiro/carnaval/2015/cobertura-blocos-desfile-apuracao.html

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