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by Gui Andrade

Getting my CPF remotely from the US

A child of Brazilians, I found myself with the country’s passport but without the omnipresent CPF number (Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas), which functions kind of like a social security number, except you use it for just about everything in Brazil from opening bank and phone accounts to buying clothes at the mall. Naturally, after a few trips back in adulthood I was ready to get it figured out.

After a fair bit of trial and error, I managed to get mine issued without being in the country, using only online resources. I catalogued what I learned in the process.

Here’s what I needed:

First, getting the Título do Eleitor. I used the self-service form here under “Tire seu Título”. A couple notes:

Now that I had that, I was ready to request my CPF. This was actually pretty straightforward, if somewhat bizarre since the process involves sending an email with sensitive doccuments as attachments… but I guess that’s how they do it in Brazil! You can see the instructions on this official explainer page. There’s not much to note here, except that the instructions have you print an automatically filled form and sign it, but my e-signature was also accepted.

Hopefully these notes can be useful to any other Brazilians raised outside the US!