Driving Licenses in Brazil

Understand what types of driving license are legally accepted in Brazil...

A valid driving license (Carteira Nacional de Habilitação - CNH) is compulsory for anyone driving any type of motor vehicle on the roads in Brazil. The license must be carried on all journeys and must be presented on demand by law enforcement officials.

Some foreigners in Brazil may exchange their license for a temporary Brazilian one, some may exchange their license for a full Brazilian driving license, while yet others may not exchange their license and will need to take a full driving test (theory and practical) in order to get a Brazilian driving license.

License holders may only drive a vehicle in the category (or categories) for which their license is valid. The minimum driving age is 18.