Certificates of Good Conduct (Atestados de Bons Antecedentes) related to possible violations of state law are available to persons over the age of 18 from the Secretaria de Seguranca Publica in each of Brazil's states (and the Distrito Federal). Atestados related to possible violations of federal law are available to persons over the age of 18 from any station (Delegacia) of the National Police (Policia Federal). Criminal records in Brazil are expunged five years after any sentence has been served.
Because each state maintains a separate database of violations of state law, a prospective immigrant must obtain a separate record from the Secretaria de Seguranca Publica of each state in which he or she has resided within the past five years. Additionally, a prospective immigrant must obtain a record from the Policia Federal, since state police records do not include violations of federal law.
For addresses or telephone numbers of Secretarias de Seguranca Publica, an applicant may call the immigrant visa unit of the U.S. Consular General in Rio de Janeiro. If a state's Secretaria refuses to provide an Atestado to an applicant, he or she may request the assistance of the Rio IV unit.