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Brazil CNPJ number guide

Cadastro Nacional da Pessoa Jurídica – CNPJ

The “Cadastro Nacional da Pessoa Jurídica – CNPJ” is an identification number issued to entities (including companies, partnerships and foundations) of relevance for the tax administration. (Administrative Act – IN RFB 2.119/22)

Format 14-digit number formatted as NN.NNN.NNN/AAAA-CC (the first 8 digits identify the company, the 4 digits after the / identify the branch or subsidiary, the last 2 are check digits)

Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas – CPF

The “Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas – CPF” is a number attributed to both national and resident taxpayers (Administrative Act – IN 1.548/15). The Secretariat of the Federal Revenue of Brazil (RFB) assigns a unique number to each person enrolled in its registries

Format It consists of 11 digits (the 2 last numbers are the result of an arithmetic operation on the 9 previous ones)

ID Card(“Carteira de Identidade Nacional” – CIN)


Typically, individuals or entities, whether natural or legal persons, who are non-residents and possess specific assets in Brazil, such as real estate, vehicles, stakes in a company or partnership, bank accounts, or investments, are obligated to undergo registration with the CPF or CNPJ.

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