DO NEW CNH categories require RENEWAL of the document? Understand!

Recently, there were changes to the CNH categories to adopt a standard format. However, Brazilians are afraid of having to renew the document.

The National Driving License (CNH) has undergone significant changes since June this year, introducing a table with new categories of drivers.

This news generated a buzz on social media, with many wondering about the need to update their driver’s license and undergo new tests. But, after all, what has really changed?

Did you notice that the CNH categories have changed? See what it means for drivers! / Credit: @jeanedeoliveirafotografia /

New CNH categories

At first, the table recently incorporated into the CNH displays 13 types of license, with codes such as A1, B1, C1 and BE, which may seem strange at first glance.

In general, these categories, which follow an international standard, were adopted to facilitate identification by foreign transit agents, but do not change the categories existing in Brazil.

What you need to know about CNH categories

Unchanged categories: firstly, in Brazil, the license categories remain the same: A, B, C, D and E, as defined by the Brazilian Traffic Code (CTB); International standard: then, the new categories present in the table of Driver’s licenses serve exclusively for international inspection purposes; Driver’s license renewal: finally, it is not necessary to renew your driver’s license or undergo new tests due to these changes.

Peace of mind for drivers

If you found yourself worried about the possibility of having to go through the entire licensing process again, you can breathe a sigh of relief.

In short, the changes to the CNH aim only at international standardization and do not affect the procedures already known by Brazilian drivers.

Since June 2022, Brazil has had a new version of the CNH, aligning with international standards and raising the level of security to prevent forgery. But what has really changed and what do drivers need to know about this update?

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Other changes to licensing

Furthermore, the new CNH comes with significant changes, both in terms of security and appearance. Among the highlights are anti-fraud graphic elements, trilingual presentation (Portuguese, English and Spanish) and a special fluorescent paint that glows in the dark.

Additionally, the addition of a hologram and elements visible only under ultraviolet light are strategies to combat counterfeits.

Technology at the service of practicality

One of the most notable advances is the inclusion of the MRZ (Machine Readable Zone) code, similar to that found in passports, which allows the document to be electronically and automatically read.

This facilitates inspection by traffic agents and authorities, making the process more agile and safe.

Do I need to renew the document?

If your old driver’s license is still valid, there is no reason to worry.

The transition to the new model will be gradual, occurring naturally as drivers renew or request a second copy of the document.

Therefore, there is no need to rush to the Detran units before your driver’s license expires.

Digital and physical version

With the new CNH, drivers have the option of choosing the physical or digital version, providing greater flexibility and convenience.

The digital version, accessible through the Digital Traffic Card (CDT) app (Android: or iOS: offers practicality, while the physical version remains an option for those who prefer the traditional format.

So, what did you think of the changes to the CNH? Do you already have your updated version or are you still going to renew? Share your experience in the comments and let’s talk about these innovations in the automotive world!

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