A new model was officially introduced in July 2015 that complies with both Mercosul and ICAO standards, and bring a new biometric cryptography method, and replaces the last model, from 2010. The new passport also has a new due date of 10 years.
As a rule, Brazilian passports are valid for ten years (five years, on 2010 model) from the date of issue. They cannot be renewed: a new passport must be obtained when the previous one has expired or a minimum validity period is required by the country to be visited.
Brazilian passports can be ordered by mail for a duration of 3 years at the Brazilian consulate that has jurisdiction over the person’s residence in a foreign country. The instructions say that whether applying for a “new” passport or a “renewal”, the same application is used.
Brazilian citizens do not need a passport when traveling to most other South American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia,Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela). For these countries, they may use just their domestic identification cards. However, since Brazilian airports still use separate boarding areas for international flights which can only be accessed with a passport, this type of documentation is required for commercial air travel to all countries.
In December 2014, the Federal Police Department extended the validity of the document, from five to ten years