Brazil Drivers Licence
As a Canadian I have been through the hoops to get a Brasil Drivers licence. The CAA International Drivers Permit is not recignized.
The only place in all of Brasil that a Non Brazilian can get a "Temporary Permit" is at DETRAN in Sao Paulo..
1: You need a Valid Canadian Drivers licence,
2: You need the Provincial Ministry of Transportation description of licensing categories. ie Ontario GM
3: Proof of residency in Sao Paulo. (Rent reciept, utility bill, or a sworn statement by a freind that you live at their residence along with their proof of resdency)
4:You will have to have a Portuguese speaker attend DETRAN Foreigners section with you. There you will be given a slip of paper for a recognized "Translation Service by the witch in charge. (Its run by her son)
5: With all the documentation return to DETRAN and then you get another slip of paper to pay the fee at a close by bank.
6: Return to DETRAN and present the documents again.
7: Return in 2 days and pick up your "National Drievers Permit" Good for 1 year
8: Return prior to expiry and you can get a Permanent National Permit.
Now the fun begins as most Police outside of Sao Paulo have never seen this document however the Policia Federal are familiar with it.
Most RTW travellers dont need to do this, however if you own a Brazilian vehicle it can save you a lot of grief should you run into a nasty cop.
If you have a Brazilian vehicle the manditory insurance is included with the yearly registration fee.
Last edited by Wanderer_1; 6 Jul 2006 at 05:45.