In order to officially exist in Brazil an individual has to have a CPF. CPF stands for “Cadastro de Pessoas Fisicas” and is essentially an individual taxpayer registry identification number. Getting my CPF required a tight parking job, I am so thankful for the parking skills that I learned while visiting my parents in San Francisco.
We not only had to go to the building below to get my CPF number. I thought that the bureaucracy in the USA was difficult at times but Brazil takes it to a whole new level.
To pay for my CPF identification number I had to not only go to the main building but walk next door to the building below so that I could pay the required fee. I am so thankful for the team here in South Brazil who were able to walk me through this process. I would be so frustrated if it were not for them.