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Getting a Driver’s License in Brazil

Here's a primer on how to get your driver's license in Brazil.
Getting a Driver’s License in Brazil

Sometimes when you’re new to a country a task like getting your driver’s license can make you feel like you’re 16 years old again trying to pass your driver’s test. Here’s an overview of the process of getting your driver’s license in Brazil.

Foreigners who wish to drive in Brazil must meet certain requirements. First, they must be at least 18 years old, which is the legal driving age in Brazil. They must also have a valid driver’s license from their home country. If the license is not in Portuguese, it must be accompanied by an official translation. In addition, foreigners are required to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) in their home country before coming to Brazil. This permit must be presented along with the original driver’s license whenever requested by traffic authorities.

It’s important to note that these requirements apply to foreigners who are visiting Brazil for a short period. If a foreigner becomes a resident in Brazil, they must apply for a Brazilian driver’s license. This involves passing a written test on Brazilian traffic laws, a psychological test, a physical exam, and a practical driving test. The tests are conducted in Portuguese, so a good understanding of the language is necessary.

As for regional differences, the requirements for driving in Brazil are generally the same across all states and cities. However, some local regulations may vary, such as parking rules or restrictions on driving in certain areas at specific times. Therefore, it’s advisable for foreigners to familiarize themselves with the local traffic rules of the area where they will be driving.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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