Brazilian ID card

Documento de Identidad en Brasil.

Hello dear friends! In our Dica today we are going to learn about the Brazilian ID card. 

Have you ever seen the Brazil ID card? Let’s learn a bit about it.

What is the Brazilian ID card?

The Brazilian ID card is a document for citizens born and registered in Brazil, and also for people that are born abroad, but have Brazilian parents. The registry of the ID happens throughout all the Brazilian territory and can also be used instead of the passport by people travelling to Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Besides your picture and your fingerprint, in it you will also find your essential information, like:

Nome: Name of the ID card holder.
Filiação: Name of the parents of the ID card holder.
Data de nascimento: Date in which the ID card holder was born.
Naturalidade: City in which the ID card holder was born.
CPF: Cadastro de Pessoa Física. Brazilian social security number.
Assinatura: Signature of the ID card holder.

We also know the Brazilian ID card as RG (Registro Geral, overall record in Portuguese). To request one, the citizen must look for a civil identification station. There’s no age limit for whoever wants to request an ID.

If you want to learn more about Detran and other public institutions in Brazil, read more about it here.



Vocabulary list

Carteira de identidade ID card
Documento Document
Cidadão Citizen
Nascer To be born
Território Territory
Passaporte Passport
Foto Photo
Impressão digital Fingerprint
Assinatura Signature
Solicitar To request
No exterior Abroad
Registro Registry
 Informação principal  Main information
 Nome Name 
 Filiação Parents’ names
 Data de nascimento Date of birth 
 Titular Card holder
Naturalidade Nationality
RG (Registro Geral) Overall record 

To talk about requesting a Brazilian ID card we use the verbs pedir and tirar. Take a look at the examples:

Eu perdi minha carteira de identidade, preciso tirar uma nova.
I lost my identity card, I need to get a new one.

Hoje vou ao Detran para tirar/pedir minha identidade.
Today I’m going to Detran to get/ ask for my ID. 

Smooth sailing, friends?
How’s the ID card in your country? Is it very different from a Brazil ID card?

Exercise about the Brazilian ID card

To be sure that you enjoyed our Portuguese class and learned all the vocabulary, let’s complete some sentences with the content you’ve just learned.

  1. A carteira de identidade é composta por: uma _______, a sua _______ e a sua _______ _______.
  2. Na parte dos dados principais do _______, temos o nome, a _______ _______ _______, a _______ familiar e a sua _______.
  3. Para _______ sua identidade brasileira, você precisa entrar em contato com o Detran.
  4. Ele _______ no Brasil, então é um _______ brasileiro.
  5. É importante ter seus _______ sempre atualizados.

We will see you on our next Dica!
Kisses from Rio & Learn!


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Click on the links below to see more related Dicas

Job market vocabulary in Portuguese
Public institutions
Employment Schemes in Brazil
Student Visa for Brazil


  1. A carteira de identidade é composta por: uma foto, a sua assinatura e a sua impressão digital.
  2. Na parte dos dados principais do titular, temos o nome, a data de nascimento, a filiação familiar e a sua naturalidade.
  3. Para tirar sua identidade brasileira, você precisa entrar em contato com o Detran.
  4. Ele nasceu no Brasil, então é um cidadão brasileiro.
  5. É importante ter seus documentos sempre atualizados.

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