news Published on July 13, 2022

How do you request authorization to drive in Brazil?

*Text provided by Aliança Traduções (Member of Dutcham)


Brazil is one of the most sought-after destinations by foreigners and this directly affects the traffic in the country. After all, many people choose to rent or even purchase a vehicle to drive around here. But in order to drive in the country under our laws, these foreigners must translate their driver’s license.

In this article, you will find out what is takes to recognize a foreign driver’s license in Brazil, how this process is carried out and what to do in case of restrictions.

What does a foreign tourist need to do to drive in Brazil?

Foreign tourists that are authorized to drive in countries signatory of the Vienna Convention or that adopt reciprocity before Brazil can drive in the country with their driver’s license accompanied by an identification document for up to 180 days as of their entry visa.

In the case of drivers authorized to drive in countries that are not signatory of the Vienna Convention, it is necessary for them to register their driver’s license, but also for them to be approved in a practical exam or even carry out the first driver’s license process.

What happens in most cases is that, when renting a vehicle in Brazil, rental companies will require for the driver’s licenses to be translated into Portuguese. Thus, the visitor must hire a sworn translation service for their driver’s license.

How do we recognize a foreign driver’s license in Brazil?

If a foreign citizen remains in Brazil for over 180 days, it will be necessary for this driver to register their driver’s license in Brazil or to carry out the first driver’s license process.

In order for a driver’s license to be recognized in Brazil, this document must be in effect according to its expiration date and their country of origin must be a part of the International Agreements or Conventions or work with the Principle of Reciprocity.

In addition, other important factors are:

  • The driver must have had their driver’s license for over a year;
  • They must be at least 18 years of age and be criminally chargeable;
  • They must have a Foreigner’s National Registration (RNE), Migratory National Registration Card (CRNM) or Provisional Migratory National Registration Document (DPRNM)
  • If the driver is a Brazilian citizen authorized to drive abroad, they must prove their residency in the foreign country for a period higher than 6 months from the issuance of the document.
  • For the C, D and E categories (classification used in Brazil), it is necessary to perform a toxicological exam.

How do we translate a driver’s license?

The sworn translation of a driver’s license is one of the most-often requested translation services in Brazil, as this is a requirement of the State Traffic Department (DETRAN), in order for foreigners to drive in the country. It is important to highlight that, in Brazil, only sworn translations made in the country are accepted.

The translation of a driver’s license must be made by a sworn translator, approved in a public exam and authorized by the Commercial Register of the State. Thus, the translation has public faith in the entire Brazilian territory and will be accepted by all public bodies.

Aliança Traduções is the perfect company to translate your driver’s license, as we work with professionals licensed to carry out this service and that have in-depth technical knowledge, competence, trust and communications skills.

Sworn translators working with Aliança Traduções are committed to high quality and deadlines. Thus, we ensure the excellence of the service provided to you.