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Hi Frank

I was born in Santo Andreas very near Sao Paulo on 10/13/1953. I am now a US citizen who needs an original birth certificate to apply for Social Security and need it quickly. I lost the original but may be able to get copies I made of the original. Any advise or help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much

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First, there is no "Santo Andreas" in Brazil. But there is Santo Andre and it is near Sao Paulo.

Also, the quality of public record-keeping in Brazil has historically been spotty (to put it nicely), so it may be difficult to impossible to locate your certificate.

You have two options: contact a lawyer in Santo Andre or get in touch directly with the Cartorio & Registro Civil (the records office there).
Here is a link to the Cartorio: http://cartoriosbr.com.br/5383/cartorio-e-registro-civil-de-santo-andre/
Here are links to some attorneys in Santo Andre:
http://www.jusbrasil.com.br/advogados/direito-de-familia-sp-santo-andre/
http://www.plaa.com.br/site
http://mietti.com.br/

Either way, it will have to be in Portuguese. If you are not fluent, you will need to find someone who is. (I don't have the time, unfortunately.) I would recommend going the lawyer route.

Finally, you should not expect a quick solution. EVERYTHING in Brazil takes longer than you expect -- I would figure on several months at least, but maybe one of the lawyers will surprise you.

Good luck!
  Regards,
     Frank  

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Iím an American, retired, and have been living in Brazil for 8 years. (My wife is Brazilian.) I would be happy to answer questions related to the following: visiting and traveling within Brazil; living in Brazil (as an expat or retiree); Brazilian food/music/customs/traditions, etc; doing business in Brazil (except legal questions). Please note that I CANíT address legal-related topics, including questions on visas, passports, marriage to Brazilians, etc. (There are other, very qualified experts on this site who can do that.)

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I worked in Brazil (for a multinational) for several years before retiring. I live in the south of Bahia in a small town on the coast, have lived and worked in Sao Paulo and have spent considerable time in Rio. Although Iím married to a Brazilian, I had to learn a lot of things the Ďhardí way about living in rural Brazil, and Iíd be especially happy to share that learning with anyone considering living here permanently.

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I wrote the first professional home study course for the American Society of Travel Agents (but that was a few decades ago, and Iím sure itís long out of print!).

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B.S., Education (Music); M.A., Hotel and Restaurant Management

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