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We would like to inform the Brazilian community in Connecticut that, as of January 1, 2015, the “Carteira de Matrícula Consular” (Consulate Identification Card) has been accepted by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Connecticut as a valid form of identification to apply for the new state drive-only license, along with proof of residence and other documentation.
We recommend that Brazilians residing abroad apply for their “Matrícula Consular” at the Consulate-General with jurisdiction within the area they reside. The Consulate-General in Hartford has jurisdiction over the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island.
The Matrícula Consular serves the following purposes:
– In an emergency situation, it helps the Consulate General to contact the bearer and his or her family members in Brazil or abroad;
-It facilitates the replacement of Brazilian documentation in the case it has been stolen or mislaid;
– It allows the Consulate to have better knowledge of the community it serves.
Where Can I Use My Consulate ID?
The Carteira de Matrícula Consular can be used as a form of identification in libraries, schools, banks, hospitals, some public departments in many cities and towns and, in 2015, it is among the list of documents that will be accepted by the Connecticut DMV to apply for the Drive-Only license.
How Do I Obtain the Consulate ID?
First, schedule an appointment at the Consulate via email at firstname.lastname@example.org . On the day of your appointment, bring two valid forms of Brazilian ID. One of the documents must have a photo (ex.: passport, identification card, driver’s license, military ID card), and the second document does not require a photo (ex.: birth certificate, marriage certificate, voter registration, CPF – a number assigned by the Brazilian revenue agency to both Brazilians and resident aliens subject to taxes in Brazil).
The applicant must bring proof of residence in Connecticut or Rhode Island (ex.: utility bill, water bill, telephone, Internet, TV, bank statement, driver’s license, checkbook, tax return) and the Matrícula Consular form completed and signed, which can be downloaded online on our website at hartford.itamaraty.gov.br .
The Consular ID can be obtained free of charge.
We strongly suggest that every Brazilian residing abroad apply for his or her Consulate ID card at the Consulate that serves their city of residency.