Brazilian identity card

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Brazilian identity card
(Cédula de identidade)
Novo modelo da carteira de identidade brasileira - 2019 - Versão em Papel moeda.jpg
Specimen of the identity card issued in the Distrito Federal
TypeIdentity card
Issued by Brazil
PurposeProof of identity
Valid in Mercosur members and associated countries (except Guyana and Suriname)
EligibilityBrazilian citizenship or Portuguese citizenship under the Brazil and Portugal's special relationship
CostFirst copy: free
Second copy: accordingly to federative unit issuer

The cédula de identidade is the official national identity document in Brazil. It is often informally called carteira de identidade (identity card), "RG" ([ɛʁiˈge]) (from Registro Geral, General Registry) or simply identidade in Portuguese. The card contains the name of the bearer, filiation, place of birth, date of birth, signature and thumbprint of the bearer. Other national documents can legally be used as an identity card, such as a federative unit-issued driver's license, passport or, for minors, a birth certificate. Each card has a unique RG number.

Brazilian identity cards can be used as travel documents to enter the Mercosur members and associated countries (except Guyana and Suriname).[1]


Having and carrying an RG card is not compulsory under law, but it is compulsory to carry some form of identification, so it is common for all citizens to have and carry one.

Its issuance is the responsibility of the governments of the federative units of Brazil and are valid nationwide. There is no legal restriction on having more than one identity card, provided each one is issued by a different federative units.

The documents required to obtaining an identity card depend on whether the applicant is single, married or naturalized. Single people need a birth certificate (the original or a certified copy), while married people can use their marriage certificate, and naturalized people can use a naturalization certificate. An applicant's CPF number can be printed on the card alongside the RG number, if desired.


There is a national standard form of the card, but each issuing federative unit may introduce minor adjustments, usually concerning the numbering scheme, font, and the respective seal. The card has a green background, and measures 102×68 mm.[2] As of 2017, cards are no longer laminated and laminating new cards is forbidden, as they have machine-readable information printed on the inside. Bearers may protect their IDs by storing them in a small plastic cover that is issued with the card.



  • Registration number (may contain digits and letters and each federated unit can design its own system)
  • Issue date
  • Full name of the bearer
  • Filiation (the legal ascendant(s)
  • Birth place (locality and federated unit code, or country of birth – if born abroad or is naturalised)
  • Birth date
  • Base document:
    • CN: Birth Certificate (Certidão de Nascimento)
    • CC: Marriage Certificate (Certidão de Casamento)
    • Portaria Ministerial XXXX/XX (Ministerial Order - Ministry of Justice no. of Decree/Year of Naturalization)
  • CPF number (optional)


  • Federated unit coat of arms
  • Full name of issuing federated unit
  • Name of issuing federation secretariat
  • A 3x4 cm photograph of the bearer
  • Thumbprint
  • Signature or an observation waiving it (for an illiterate bearer)
  • Passport Photo Code App

Legal status[edit]

An identity card is commonly required for activities including obtaining a driver's license, opening a bank account, buying or selling real estate, financing debts, applying for a job, giving testimony in court, and entering some public buildings. The police may ask to see the identity card of anyone who is detained, arrested, or searched.

There is no penalty for not carrying an identity card or another valid identification document, but the police are entitled to escort a person found without one to a police station for a search of electronic police records and a criminal background check.

Substitute identity documents[edit]

Several other documents are acceptable instead of the identity card, including a federative unit-issued driver's license, passport, professional identity card issued by a trade union, military identity card, civil servant identity card or worker's registry. The actual driver's license contains RG and CPF numbers and can substitute both.

All documents accepted in lieu of a federative unit-issued identity card include a reference to the RG number of the federative unit that issued the identity card. A standard federative unit-issued ID is required to obtain a passport, professional ID, driver's license or any other kind of substitute ID. Once an individual is registered with an RG, they can use a substitute document to register in any federative unit.

Portuguese citizens[edit]

Since Decree No. 70.391 in 1972, Portuguese citizens benefiting from equal citizenship status are eligible for regular Brazilian identity cards. They enjoy a reciprocal special regimen in recognition of Brazil and Portugal's special relationship. They bear the writing Nacionalidade Portuguesa - Decreto nº 70.391/72, meaning "Portuguese nationality - Decree No. 70.391/72".


Registro de Identidade Civil (RIC)[edit]

The front-side of a concept RIC, the next-generation Brazilian identity card design, in limited use as of early 2014. This mockup features ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Federal Law 9,454/1997 called for the merging of the federative unit-level registration systems into a unified registry. This will likely require merging the RG numbers with the new RIC (Registro de Identidade Civil, English: "Civilian Identity Registry") numbering system.

The Federal Police has proposed a new ID card with a standard design to go with the changes. The new card has security features to deter counterfeiting; the introduction of an embedded Near field communication (NFC) chip is also being considered.[3]

On February 2017, the Chamber of Deputies approved the project to put the new ID card into force, which will be called Identificação Civil Nacional.[4][5]

Documento Nacional de Identidade (DNI)[edit]

On April 5, 2017, the Senate Constitution and Justice Commission approved the bill with the proposal to gather the data of the General Registry (RG), National Driver's License (CNH), Individuals Registry (CPF) and the Electoral Title in a single document. After approval by Congress, the law was sanctioned by former President Michel Temer on May 11, 2017, and published in the Diário Oficial da União the next day.[6]

The new Brazilian identity document gathers all of a citizen's information into a single document. However, the inclusion of the National Driver's License was banned from the original text, due to the possible need for retention by transit agencies and also the Passport, since it is a requirement of other countries as a single document.[7]

The database is called "Identificação Civil Nacional", while the document will be called "Documento Nacional de Identidade" (DNI). The responsibility for managing the data of the single document shall be the Superior Electoral Court.

The pilot project was launched on February 5, 2018.[8][9][10]

On February 11, 2019, the Secretary of Digital Government of the Ministry of Economy, Luis Felipe Salin Monteiro, announced the use of the CPF as a general number, as a first step for the general implementation of DNI in Brazil.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mercosul will not ask their South American members passport". Mendoza Travel. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  2. ^ "Official decree (in Portuguese)". Retrieved 2007-11-26.
  3. ^ "Registro Único Identidade Civil". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  4. ^ "Deputados aprovam projeto para criação de documento único". O Globo (in Portuguese). 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  5. ^ "Temer sanciona Lei da Identificação Civil Nacional". Casa Civil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  6. ^ "Temer sanciona lei que cria documento de identificação unificado". G1 (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  7. ^ "Temer sanciona documento de identidade único, que deve passar a valer só em 2021". ISTOÉ (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-10-24.
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  10. ^ Projeto implantado pela Serviço Federal de Processamento de Dados (Serpro) e Toweb Brasil Ltda. (CNPJ 10.424.053/0001-93), contratos a confirmar.
  11. ^ Uribe, Gustavo e Caram, Bernardo (11 February 2019). "Planalto finaliza decreto que abre caminho para documento único no país". Folha de S. Paulo. Retrieved 12 February 2019.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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