You must provide police clearances from Brazil if you are:
- a Brazilian national;
- a current or former temporary or permanent resident of Brazil; or
- a non-citizen currently residing or have resided in Brazil as a holder of a visitor (tourist) visa.
The table below shows the police clearances that you are required to provide depending on your resident status in Brazil. (You might be required to provide more than one police clearance.)
Police Clearance Required
|Resident status in Brazil||Justice Federal||State Justice Department||Brazilian Federal Police|
|Brazilian Citizens (including dual nationals)||YES||YES|| - |
|Non-citizens - current or former permanent residents||YES||YES||-|
|Non-citizens - current or former temporary residents||YES||YES||-|
|Non-citizens - who reside or have resided in Brazil as holders of visitor (tourist) visas||-||-||YES|
Obtaining police certificates
Police certificate issued by the Federal Justice (Justiça Federal)
Name of Certificate - 'Certidao Negativa' or 'Certidao de Distribuçao'
- This covers the civil and criminal court and is available online in most states at
(applicant must use Mozilla Firefox navigator when accessing site**) This clearance also identifies crimes which are recorded on the Federal Police system. This clearance should be obtained for each state where you have resided for a cumulative period of 12 months or longer in the last 10 years since reaching the age of 16 years.
Note: This link/site may not be available when accessed in Australia. If you are having difficulty applying online while in Australia, you will need someone in Brazil (via a third person by 'power of attorney' or a family member or friend) to access this website and obtain the certificate on your behalf.
- You can apply online for a Federal Justice clearance by providing your full name and your CPF number (Brazilian taxation number). There is no fee payable for this service. The online process is quick and the certificate is issued instantly.
Police certificate issued by the State Justice Department (Justiça Estadual, Secretaria de Segurança Publica, Tribunal de Justiça or the Departamento de Policia Civil, depending on the state)
Name of Certificate - 'Atestado de Antecedentes Criminais' or 'Declaraçao'
- You can obtain a State Justice clearance online in most states by providing your Brazilian National Identity card number, known as (RG) or your Registro Nacional de Estrangeiros (RNE) - Foreigner ID card. A fee might be payable in some states. Certificates should be provided for each state in Brazil in which you have resided for a cumulative period of 12 months or longer in the last 10 years since reaching the age of 16 years.
- If you are unable to obtain the State Justice clearance online, you might need to apply in person or give a Power of Attorney (Procuraçao) to a family member or friend in Brazil to obtain the certificate on your behalf. As processes for obtaining State Justice certificates vary by state, you should make contact with the relevant authorities in the state in question to seek clarification where required.
Police certificate issued by the Brazilian Federal Police
Name of Certificate - 'Certidao de Antecedentes Criminais'
You can only obtain the Brazilian Federal Police clearance if:
- you are currently residing in Brazil as a holder of a visitor (tourist) visa and have resided in Brazil for a cumulative period of 12 months or longer in the last 10 years since reaching the age of 16 years; or
- you have resided in Brazil as a holder of visitor (tourist) visa for a cumulative period of 12 months or longer in the last 10 years since reaching the age of 16 years.
You can obtain this clearance online through the following website:
http://www.pf.gov.br/servicos-pf/antecedentes-criminais. There is no fee payable for this service. The online process is quick and the certificate is issued instantly.
Note: In all cases, police certificates must also be professionally translated into English by a certified translator.