A recent article in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo has put this issue to rest once and for all, revealing that Brazil is now accepting new birth certificates for those who don’t already have one.
The story, which was published today, also explains that the change will be made retroactive to November 1, 2020.
While the news might seem trivial to some, Brazilian officials have been fighting for the release of birth certificates from the country for years.
In December 2018, the Brazilian government signed a landmark deal with the U.S. that would allow Brazilians to receive birth certificates in exchange for a $15,000 fine.
The agreement would eventually go into effect, but for now, birth certificates can still only be mailed to Brazilian citizens.
But Brazil’s birth certificate issue has been making headlines recently.
In October, President Michel Temer said that Brazil would be releasing its birth certificates by the end of the year, but that his administration would not be issuing any new ones.
It has since been reported that the president is planning to release new birth documents in 2019, but he has not said how he plans to do that.
Brazilian officials also announced in January that the country would no longer be releasing birth certificates to U.K. citizens who do not have a birth certificate.