A Brazilian CPF is an individual taxpayer identification number given to anyone who pays taxes in Brazil, whether they are native Brazilians or foreign residents. It is a registry maintained by the Brazilian Federal Revenue Services in which any natural person, regardless of age or country, can enroll once.
CPF is short for Cadastro de Pessoas Fsicas or Natural Persons Register in English. It is somewhat identical to the United States Social Security card. Once you've been registered with the Brazilian Revenue Service, you'll be given a CPF number.
The CPF number is 11 digits long and issued by the Brazilian Revenue Service or Brazilian embassies across the globe. Every natural person born in Brazil, a resident, or who wants to do business in Brazil must have a CPF number issued to them.
The Brazilian CPF’s primary goal was to assist the Revenue Services in identifying taxpayers. An 11-digit number is used to identify each person who has enrolled. However, it is now used as the primary identity of any Brazilian national, foreigner, resident, or non-resident wishing to do any business in Brazil.
To identify natural persons
CNPJ (Cadastro Nacional de Pessoa Jurdica)
Send money to Brazil
If you were born in Brazil, you most likely already have a CPF number. Many parents get a CPF number for their children while they are still minors to make things easier. If, for some reason, you have never had a CPF number issued to you yet, the following steps will help you.
For Brazilian nationals:
Proof of ID
Follow the same process if you are applying for a CPF from outside Brazil, except that you must do it through a Brazilian consulate or embassy. You can either book an appointment to submit your request in person or mail your documents to them.
Do you need a Brazilian CPF to send money to Brazil? Yes, the CPF of your recipient will be required when sending money to a Brazilian recipient.
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