Still waiting on my official federal ID card. I was approved for the card on December 19th of 2008. At that point they gave me a little slip of paper for my wallet that documented that the Brazilian bureaucracy was working on getting a laminated photo ID to me at their earliest convenience. See previous post.
By my watch that was more than 7 months ago. Still no ID card. No problem, really. I never get stopped by the Federal Police (knock wood) and my Carteira de Trabalho (work book) has been serving the function of proving I am a legal permanent resident (for things like getting a bank account).
There is a website I can go to and put in my process number and it will tell me when the card is ready for pickup at the local office of the Federal Police. Unfortunately my Microsoft or Google internet protection software won’t let me sign on to the website because apparently the feds here are not replying to a request to authenticate the website.
So the other day Luiz and I went by the Federal Police office. Doing so requires wearing long pants and a shirt with sleeves. No big deal, but I never wear anything but shorts.
Once at the counter we were told that the card was still in process and I should return in DECEMBER! This time the guy gave me a bigger piece of paper for my wallet that acts like the ID itself, almost. So I guess I’ll pay them another visit in December, when I REALLY won’t want to wear long pants!
Two years ago Luiz and I stopped into the DMV in Florida to change our US residency from California to Florida. Fifteen minutes later we had our spiffy new Florida photo IDs in hand. Things are a bit different here.