Learning to Drive in Brazil

The regulations affecting teenage drivers in Brazil...

The minimum driving age in Brazil is eighteen for all vehicles, including scooters.

To begin driving instruction, an individual will need to apply for a provisional driving license. A provisional driving license can only be applied for at a driving school (autoescola) directly or at a driving school through an administrative facilitator (despachante).

On 19 June 2008, Brazil introduced a "dry law" indicating a nearly zero alcohol tolerance law regarding driving. The tolerated blood alcohol limit is 0.2g/l to allow for alcoholic mouthwashes or certain medicines. A driver found to have more than the legal limit of alcohol is fined based on the blood alcohol level - the higher the level, the larger the fine. In some cases, the driver faces suspension, and a driver that causes an accident, injury or death may also face jail.