HOW TO GUIDES

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Learning to Drive in Brazil


The minimum driving age in Brazil is eighteen for all vehicles, including scooters.

To begin driving instruction, an individual will need to apply for a provisional driving license. A provisional driving license can only be applied for at a driving school (autoescola) directly or at a driving school through an administrative facilitator (despachante).

On 19 June 2008, Brazil introduced a "dry law" indicating a nearly zero alcohol tolerance law regarding driving. The tolerated blood alcohol limit is 0.2g/l to allow for alcoholic mouthwashes or certain medicines. A driver found to have more than the legal limit of alcohol is fined based on the blood alcohol level - the higher the level, the larger the fine. In some cases, the driver faces suspension, and a driver that causes an accident, injury or death may also face jail.